Gov. Andy Beshear hosted the 56th annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, March 12, at the Exum Center at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. The theme for this year’s Prayer Breakfast was “Forward Together in Faith, Empathy and Compassion.”

“As we do each year, we will gather in fellowship to renew our bonds with one another and to celebrate our relationship with God,” said Gov. Beshear. “This year, we’re putting a focus on moving forward, together, and how we can do that with compassion and with equity, so we don’t leave anyone behind.”

Faith leaders who participated in event included Rabbi Shani Abramowitz of Ohavay Zion Synagogue in Lexington; Dr. Muhammad Babar of Muslim Americans for Compassion; Rev. Dr. Steven M. Kelsey, archbishop of Spirit Filled New Life Church Ministries in Louisville; Rev. Dr. Walter Malone Jr., pastor of Canaan Christian Church in Louisville; and Rev. Leslie W. Whitlock, pastor of First Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church in Frankfort.

Below is some of the media coverage of the event:

Beshear hosts 56th annual prayer breakfast in Frankfort (

Full video of the event is as below:


Watch Governor Beshear


Watch Dr. Muhammad Babar speak at the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast.