Our Purpose

The Tennessee Prayer Breakfast traces its history back at least 50 years when the event was actually hosted by the sitting governor. In 1980, Nashville entrepreneur and former ambassador to France Joe M. Rodgers, led an ad hoc Citizens’ Committee that organized the Tennessee Prayer Breakfast in its present format, which is Tennessee's version of the National Prayer Breakfast.  

The Tennessee Prayer Breakfast is presented annually by The Citizens' Committee, which is a volunteer group of Christian business leaders, elected officials, and ministry leaders.  The event is held annually each April in Nashville prior to the conclusion of the Tennessee General Assembly's legislative session, and features worship through music, a short uplifting message, and prayer for God's grace on the State of Tennessee, its elected officials and its citizens.  

Some 500 to 800 guests attend from across the state representing government, business, education, and churches.  

Past speakers in recent years have included  the Honorable Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam, Richard Stearns, Michael W. Smith, Tom Landry, Charles Colson, Elizabeth Dole, Charles Swindoll, Franklin Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, and Scott Hamilton.  Guest performers have included Mandisa, Melinda Doolittle, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Allison Krauss, CeCe Winans, Larnelle Harris, Josh Turner, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Gaither Vocal Band and the Nashville Choir.

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2016 Citizens' Committee:

Janet Slayden, 2016 Chair
Marlene Tidwell, Event Director, 2013 Chair
Tom Boyd, Treasurer
Mike Arrington , 1997 Chair
Chad Blackburn
Trace Blankenship, 2012 Chair
John Coates
Debbie Crenshaw
Dwight Dickson
Geri Forkum
Howard Gentry, 2007 Chair
Tony Giarratana, 2006 Chair
Jeff Goetsch
Bob Lawhon, 2014 Chair
Bill Lee, 2004 Chair
Tiffany Leeper
Sarah Lowe
Rhonda Lowry
Charles McGowan
Kate McKinnie
Lynn Morrow, 2008 Chair
Ruben de Pena
Andrea Perry
Greg Pope, 2015 Chair
Steve Robinson
Rubel Shelly
Carol Swain
Amy Thompson

Advisory Committee
Hon. Marsha Blackburn, 1996 Chair
Charles Robert Bone
Marty Dickens, 2005 Chair
Gov. Winfield Dunn
Frank Ingraham, 1989 Chair
Lynn Jacobs
Monty Lankford
Connie Spurlin, 2002 Chair