This local event began humbly in the 1940s when five businessmen started meeting at a Divisadero Street restaurant for prayer and fellowship. The group has grown to become one of our valley’s largest annual community gatherings, drawing Christians of all backgrounds and elements from the Fresno and Clovis communities. The Fresno/Clovis Prayer Breakfast has spanned the terms of eleven Fresno mayors and has grown to include the Clovis mayors as well.
During the 1970’s tenure of Mayor Ted C. Wills, the name was changed from the Fresno Community Prayer Breakfast to the Fresno Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast. And during the mid-1990’s term of Mayor Jim Patterson, the name was changed to the Fresno/Clovis Prayer Breakfast when the community of Clovis was invited to participate.
Over the years the keynote speakers have come from a wide variety of experiences – pastors, public servants, sports figures, judges, community leaders, and community activists.