Our 2014 Charleston Leadership Foundation Annual Prayer Breakfast will be held this coming Fall at the North Charleston Convention Center. Check back for dates…

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Annual Charleston Leadership Prayer Breakfast


October 14, 2014 at 7:15am

North Charleston Convention Center

Former NFL Player & Founder of Transformation Church


a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, NC.

Transformation Church (TC) was recognized as the 2nd fastest-growing church by percentage in America for 2010 by Outreach magazine.  In 2011 and 2012, TC was recognized again as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in America.

Gray met his wife, Vicki, at BYU and has been married for 21 years.  They have two children, Presley and Jeremiah.  After graduating from Brigham Young University, he played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998).  He then graduated from Southern Evangelical Seminary magna cum laude, with a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Apologetics, where he was mentored by renowned theologian and philosopher Dr. Norman Geisler.

Gray is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context at Northern Seminary. He’s recognized by many as The Evangelism Linebacker and is a highly sought-after communicator. Gray is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart (2009) and Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future, released September 2013 (

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Dr. Phil Cooke 2013 Keynote Speaker

About Phil:

Check out Phil’s Book: “Unique:  Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media.”

Phil Cooke, an internationally known writer and speaker, has actually produced media programming in nearly 50 countries around the world.  In the process, has been shot at, survived two military coups, fallen out of a helicopter, and in Africa, been threatened with prison. And during that time – through his company Cooke Pictures in Burbank, California – he’s helped some of the largest nonprofit organizations and leaders in the world use the media to tell their story in a changing, disrupted culture.

According to former CNN journalist Paula Zahn, Phil is rare – a working producer in Hollywood with a Ph.D. in Theology. He’s appeared on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and his work has been profiled in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

His book “Jolt!: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing.” shares his secrets of making today’s culture of disruption and change work for you. “One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do” helps you find the great purpose and calling for your life – and was named by the Washington Post as one of the Top Five Business Books for 2012.

He’s lectured at universities like Yale, University of California at Berkeley, UCLA,and is an adjunct professor at the King’s University in Los Angeles. In addition to writing his blog at, he also blogs for The Huffington Post, and is a contributor to Fast Company, and

Live Entertainment from Christal Brown-Gibson & the College of Charleston Gospel Choir.


Tom Lehman



H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr.



Kay Cole James



Joe Gibbs



Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds



J. C. Watts, Jr.



Anne Graham Lotz


Amb. Andrew Young

Amb. Andrew Young



Col. Oliver North



Foster Friess



Dr. Tony Campolo


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