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The 2017 Missouri Governor's Prayer Breakfast
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The 2017 Missouri Governor's Prayer Breakfast Committee
Governor Jay Nixon


The 2017 Missouri Governorís Prayer Breakfast is an annual observance welcoming participants from around Missouri at the beginning of the General Assemblyís legislative session.  The Prayer Breakfast is an inter-faith event for all leaders and citizens of our state.  Its purpose is to seek Godís guidance for our political leaders as they begin the legislative session.


Proceeds from the 2017 Missouri Governorís Prayer Breakfast support the Governorís 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 Gov. 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 Governorís Student Leadership Forum since its inception.


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

Recent keynote speakers

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

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

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

2012   Pastor Randy Gariss, College Heights Christian Church, Joplin, MO
2011   Mel Tjeerdsma, Head Football Coach at Northwest Missouri State 
2010   Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
2009   Catherine Hanaway, U.S. Attorney for Eastern Missouri
2008   Father Mike Coleman, Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City
2007   John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Senator and
2006   Mark Earley, Prison Fellowship President
2005   Bob Holden, Governor
2004   Jean Carnahan, former U.S. Senator
2003   Elson Floyd, University of Missouri President
2002   Ike Skelton, U.S. Representative
2001   Roger Wilson, Governor
2000   Paul Simon, former U.S. Senator from Illinois

2017 Missouri Prayer Breakfast Committee
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102

  (573) 751-0290