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Past speakers

*Click on name to listen to their presentation


2018 - Harold Finch*

2017 - Michael Franzese*

2016 - Dayton Moore*

2015 - Dan Mears*

2014 - Mark Whitaker*

2013 - Pat McCown*

2012 - Brian Holman*

2011 - Pam Morgan*

2010 - Karen Kornacki

2009 - Goran Hunyak

2008 - Brian Bannister

2007 - Brig Sorber

2006 - Dr Bernard Franklin

2005 - Robert Rogers

2004 - Gracia Burnham

2003 - Jerry Molnar

2002 - Richard Fenstermacher

2001 - Carol Kent

2000 - Charles Jones

1999 - Tom Osborne

1998 - Ted Sprague

1997 - Albert Diepeveen

wide shot of group at past OPMPB

This year's OPMPB has past.

Check back here or soon to learn about the 2019 OPMPB.

This year's Overland Park Mayor's Prayer Breakfast was held at Overland Park Marriott Hotel, 108th & Metcalf - March 22, 2018 - 6:45 AM.

Our speaker was Dr. Harold Finch.

To listen or download Dr Harold Finch's speech, click HERE.

2018 Event Speaker

Dr. Finch headshot

Dr. Harold Finch’s life has been an amazing whirlwind of achievement:

     -…As the NASA project director for temperature control for the Apollo lunar spacecraft he developed the

          Barbecue Roll  made famous by Tom Hanks in Apollo 13.

     -…As an engineer he became the youngest Principal in the history of Midwest Research Institute (now MRIGlobal).

     -…As a two-time graduate of Kansas University he received the engineering school’s highest honor--the KU 2013

          Distinguished Engineering Service Award and was placed on the school’s wall of fame.

     -…As an entrepreneur he co-founded two INC 500 companies. Padgett-Thompson became the largest training firm

          of its kind training over 400,000 business owners and managers in a single year.

     -…As the charter academic dean he pioneered the opening of Johnson County Community College in record time—

          one year. He later served as JCCC interim chief administrator.

At age 52 he and his wife Peggy sold it all in order to give back and to pursue their first love:

     -…They founded the Wellspring Foundation and trained and assisted 1,200 volunteers from throughout the Midwest

          to go on short-term service trips to 30 Third World countries.

     -…Harold developed and presented a seminar, Great Success, and presented it pro bono in more than 750 venues on

          five continents at international conventions, governments including state and federal congresses, a supreme court

          and hundreds of universities and multi-national businesses.


In “retirement” his latest achievement is a movie Unlimited starring veteran cinema and television actor Fred Thompson who played Harold. It did exceptionally well in Kansas City and currently is playing in Europe, Australia and South Africa. It may be viewed on Amazon Prime, Pure Flix and Christian Cinema.


Harold is a proud Air Force veteran. He has been active in the Southern Baptist Convention and currently he co-chairs a Bible class with Peggy in Lee’s Summit where they reside. They have been married 62 years and have three married children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.



History of the Mayor's Prayer Events

In 1973, Homer Anderson (the man Homer’s Coffee House is named in honor of) proposed a plan to begin Mayor’s Prayer Breakfasts in cities throughout Kansas and Missouri. Homer visited with mayors throughout the region and asked them to let Kansas City CBMC sponsor Annual Mayor Prayer Breakfasts in their cities.


Over the next few years many such events were begun. Other CBMC areas followed our lead and began Mayor’s Prayer Breakfasts as well. Nationally, CBMC sponsors Mayor’s Prayer Breakfasts in St Louis, Houston, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Los Angeles, and many other cities.


The purpose, then as now, was to present the claims of Jesus Christ to the business and professional community in a non-threatening and open environment. The guidelines were that there would be no mention of political parties or denominations. We would discourage politicians and clergy from speaking and the main speakers would be business people or athletes who had had a significant encounter with Christ.



The Overland Park Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Committee is


Tom Van Dyke (Chairman)

Honorable Mayor Carl Gerlach

Jim Mathis (Treasurer)

Sheryl Block - Security Bank (Reservations and Ticket Coordinator)

Rick Boxx (Speaker relations)

Roscoe Halsey

Eric Schroeder  - Crossfirst Bank

Gary Krings

Jacob Swisher

Tim Holverson (Overland Park Chamber of Commerce)

Gary Tenpenny (CBMC)




Tickets are not yet on sale for the 2019 OPMPB. Contact us if you have questions or are interested in sponsoring a table. Check back soon. We hope to see you there!