Missouri Governor's Prayer Breakfast

The 2018 Missouri Governor’s Prayer Breakfast is an annual observance welcoming participants from around Missouri at the beginning of the General Assembly’s legislative session.  The Prayer Breakfast is an interfaith event for all leaders and citizens of our state.  Its purpose is to seek God’s guidance for our political leaders as they begin the legislative session.

Beneficiary

Proceeds from the 2018 Missouri Governor’s Prayer Breakfast support the Governor’s Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values. The forum brings together select Missouri college juniors for a three-day study of faith and leadership. Participants explore the role faith has played in the lives of business executives, sports figures and government officials.

In 1990, several national political leaders, including Missouri Governor John Ashcroft, established the first annual National Student Leadership Forum. The national event served as the catalyst for similar events held in 28 states.  Missouri was the second state to establish such a forum.  Jefferson City businessman Clyde Lear has organized the Governor’s Student Leadership Forum since its inception.

History

The Missouri Governor’s Prayer Breakfast was established in the 1950s as an extension of the National Prayer Breakfast, which was first held in 1953. 

Recent keynote speakers

2016   Aeneas Williams, former NFL player.

2015   Les Steckel, president and CEO of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

2014   Hal Donaldson, co-founder and CEO of Convoy of Hope, Springfield, Missouri 

2013   David L. Steward, inspirational author and the founder and CEO of World Wide Technologies

2012   Pastor Randy Gariss, College Heights Christian Church, Joplin, Missouri 

2011   Mel Tjeerdsma, Head Football Coach at Northwest Missouri State University


2010   Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals


2009   Catherine Hanaway, U.S. Attorney for Eastern Missouri 


2008   Father Mike Coleman, Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri 


2007   John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Senator and
 Governor


2006   Mark Earley, Prison Fellowship President


2005   Bob Holden, Governor


2004   Jean Carnahan, former U.S. Senator from Missouri 

2003   Elson Floyd, University of Missouri President


2002   Ike Skelton, U.S. Representative
 from Missouri 

2001   Roger Wilson, Missouri Governor


2000   Paul Simon, former U.S. Senator from Illinois

 

2018 Governor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee

P.O. Box 720

Jefferson City, Missouri 65102

Phone:  (573) 751-5261