High Point's University

47th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30 am at the James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic and Convocation Center

For 47 consecutive years, High Point University has brought the wider High Point faith community together for the Annual Prayer Breakfast. Each year, the annual event includes an inspiring message, given this year by The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, and special music provided by the HPU Chapel Choir directed by Dr. Elizabeth Doebler.  A silent prayer is held in memory of alumni, members of the university family and the community, as well as other friends who have passed away during the past year.

This event sharpens the spiritual senses that joy and peace might take root during the Christmas season.

The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery is the dean of Duke University Chapel and associate professor of homiletics at Duke Divinity School. Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora. He has written two books, titled Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching, and Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope and is currently working on a co-authored introductory textbook on preaching, Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place, as well as two devotional books of meditations on the Spirituals for the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent.

THANK YOU to our dedicated sponsors.
Brady Services
Digger Enterprises, Inc.
Tom and Buren Haggai
Johnson’s Modern Electric Company
Smith & Jennings, Inc.

Parking and shuttle buses will be available from Oak Hollow Mall (921 Eastchester Drive, High Point) beginning at 6:45 a.m.

Parking for guests with disability plates and/or placards will be available at the James H. and Jesse E. Millis and Convocation Center.


2016 – Dr. George Bryant Wirth is the Pastor Emeritus of First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He served as Senior Pastor for 23 years (1990 to 2013), the longest tenure of any pastor in the church’s history. An authoritative pastoral voice in the nation and particularly in Atlanta, Dr. Wirth is a regular feature on Day1 Radio. Dr. Wirth co-chairs the Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary, one of the most highly regarded theological institutions in the world.

2015 – Dr. Johnny M. Hunt became pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia in December of 1986.  First Baptist Woodstock is one of the largest churches in the United States. Under his ministry the church has grown from 1,000 members to more than 19,000. In 1996, Dr. Hunt served as President of the Pastors’ Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention and served two terms as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention.

2014 – Rev. Dr. Richard Gibbons began his ministry as the tenth Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, SC, on September 1, 2007. Dr. Gibbons is a native of Scotland and served The Church of Scotland as a Regional Development Officer from August 1997 to August 2007. He holds joint honors in Ecclesiastical History and Systematic Theology from the University of Glasgow and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Highland Theological College. Dr. Gibbons currently serves as co-chair to the ECO’s Theological Task Force.

Watch his video

2013 – A special message was delivered by Rev. Dr. Don Wilton, who is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C. and also serves as a minister to the Rev. Billy Graham. Wilton’s message focused on the concept of life after death and the meaning of Christmas, as well as the significance of Nelson Mandela’s life and death on this occasion.

Watch his video

2012 – Rev. John Fitzgerald speaks at the 42nd Annual Prayer Breakfast
Rev. John Fizgerald’s transcript

2010 – Bishop Dale C. Bronner headlines 40th Annual Prayer Breakfast 

2009 – Dr. Kent Millard headlines 39th Annual Prayer Breakfast

2006 – Dr. Thomas G. Long headlines 36th Annual Prayer Breakfast

2005 – Pastor Shirley Caesar

2004 – The Reverend G. Bryant Wright Senior Pastor Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Marietta Georgia

2003 – The Rev. Dr. Andrew J.B. Stirling Senior Minister Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto Canada

2002 – The Rev. Dr. Andrew J.B. Stirling Senior Minister Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto Canada

2001 – The Right Reverend Michael B. Curry, Bishop the Episcopal Diocese of NC, Raleigh, North Carolina

2000 – Dr. Reginald Mallett Noted Physician and Clergyman Dorsett England

1999 – Dr. John Ed Mathison Senior Minister Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church Montgomery Alabama

1998 – Dr. George Sweeting, Chancellor Moody Bible Institute, Chicago Illinois

1997 – Dr. William H. Hinson Senior Minister First United Methodist Church, Houston Texas

1996 – Dr. Lloyd J. Ogilvie Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.

1995 – Dr. James B. Buskirk Senior Minister First United Methodist Church, Tulsa Oklahoma





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