While such events as today’s have been held over the years in our state, 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. The breakfast became an annual event, drawing hundreds of participants annually from across the state in government, industry, education, religion, to name a few. Past speakers have included Tom Landry, Charles Colson, Elizabeth Dole, Charles Swindoll and Franklin Graham. Guest performers have included Larnelle Harris, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Gaither Vocal Band and The Nashville Choir.
Other past guests for the Tennessee Prayer Breakfast include the Honorable Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam, Richard Stearns, Darrell Waltrip, Scott Hamilton, Michael W. Smith, Dr. Kenneth Robinson, Ann Graham Lotz, Rev. Enoch Fuzz, Coach Sherman Smith, Ambassador Joe Rodgers, Melinda Doolittle, Mandisa, Allison Krauss, CeCe Winans, Nicole Mullen and Natalie Grant.