Bob Goff

BOB GOFF, a California-based best-selling author and speaker, will be the featured guest at the mayor's prayer breakfast this year.

Organizers are busy making plans and finalizing details for what will be the 15th annual Mayor’s Leadership Prayer Breakfast in Norfolk in April.

This year’s breakfast is set for Wednesday, April 24, which is the week after Easter. It will be held at the DeVent Center, beginning at 6 a.m.

Mayor Josh Moenning in a letter of invitation, wrote, “Every year seems to bring new community challenges, and this year is no different. Now is the right time to again come together and ask God for His help in providing wisdom and direction for our city.”

The featured guest at the breakfast will be Bob Goff, a California-based best-selling author and speaker.

He is the two-time New York Times’ best-selling author of “Love Does” and “Everybody Always.” He also serves as the honorary consul to the Republic of Uganda. That’s related to his being the founder of Love Does, a non-profit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq and Somalia.

Goff said he refers to himself as a “recovering lawyer” because after practicing law for 25 years, he gave up his law practice to pursue writing and speaking full time. Goff said he is driven by a desire to help others unlock their potential to love and be loved in a greater way.

Music at the breakfast will be led by local church worship leaders, and prayers will be offered for the City of Norfolk and its needs.

To make reservations, individuals can go to There is a cost to attend.

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