• Kenneth Crooks, Jr.
    Executive Director Emeritus

  • As times change, what previously was a ‘dialogue about race’ has evolved into a holistic approach to diversity in our community and beyond.

    One Columbus, has also evolved, strengthening its core mission: striving to inspire, motivate, promote diversity, and ensure that each member of the community is respected and valued. Recognizing and appreciating diversity is an obligation to which each of us must be committed. If we accept and act on this challenge, then Columbus will truly become a ‘One Columbus’.

One Columbus Community Prayer Breakfast

Brief History

The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast idea started in America in 1952 to garner support from the diverse populations in the country for prayer for cities. In Columbus, the Valley Interaction Ministry began Prayer Breakfasts in the late 1980’s that brought together whites and blacks to support the idea of all its citizens, together, praying for the city.

Former Mayor Frank Martin revived the “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” idea in 1991 that grew into large interracial gatherings with local and out of town speakers.

The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast continued to be a unifying force in the Columbus community under Mayor Bobby Peters and the Valley Interaction Ministry.

In 2002, the Valley Interaction Ministry became a part of One Columbus and the event, under Mayor Bob Poydasheff was renamed the Community Prayer Breakfast.

Currently, the event takes place three times a year on the third Tuesday in April, July, and October.

The event is open to the public and features representatives from a wide variety of faiths all praying together for the City of Columbus and its citizens.

A continental breakfast is available and participants are asked for a donation of $3.00.


Previous Breakfasts

Community Prayer Breakfast 17 April 2007

Community Prayer Breakfast 2007 Flier