Join us for the 41st Annual TN Prayer Breakfast

Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 a.m.

Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena


 Special Guest Speaker

Gary Haugen

Ellie Holcomb 

Special Music

Ellie Holcomb



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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.

Our Sponsors




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(Hosting Sponsor)


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2015 Citizens' Committee:

Greg Pope, 2015 Chairman
Marlene Tidwell, Event Director

John Acuff, 1991 Chair • Mike Arrington, 1997 Chair • Sam Bartholomew, 1984 Chair • Tod Bell • Marsha Blackburn, 1996 Chair • Trace Blakenship, 2012 Chair •   Charles Robert Bone • Tom Boyd • John Coates • Carter Crenshaw • Marty Dickens, 2005 Chair • Dwight Dickson • Tony Giarratana, 2006 Chair • Steve Drake • Glenn Goodwin • Howard Gentry, 2007 Chair • Jeff Goetsch • Melodie Hartline • Tom Hellams 2010 Chair • Roy Herron • Joe Ivey, 2011 Chair, Frank Ingraham, 1989 Chair • Lynn Jacobs • Monty Lankford • Bill Lee, 2004 Chair • Delorse Lewis • Sarah Lowe • Rhonda Lowry • Margaret McClain • Charles McGowan • Lynn Morrow, 2008 Chair • Andrea Perry • Alexia Poe • Bob Lawhon • Elmer Richerson • Steve Robinson • Jerry Scott, 1987 Chair • Connie Spurlin, 2002 Chair • John Styll, 2009 Chair • Servella Terry • Marlene Tidwell, 2013 Chair