More than 1,000 of the Lowcountry’s faithful are expected to attend Wednesday’s 12th annual Charleston Leadership Prayer Breakfast to hear from a prominent Christian movie producer who has filmed around the world.

The ecumenical prayer breakfast will be at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at the North Charleston Convention Center.

The event is organized by the Charleston Leadership Foundation, a local nonprofit founded in 2002 to unite Christian leaders to minister to the community and change lives.

The prayer breakfast, its premier event, aims to bring together Christians of all views to hear nationally known speakers discuss the impact of prayer on their lives.

“The prayer breakfast was founded to create a place where annually we could bring leaders from all walks of life — Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, men, women, African-Americans, whites — in one place in the name of Jesus Christ,” said Jerry Young, the leadership foundation’s founder and president.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Phil Cooke, a California-based media consultant and writer who has produced a range of media programming.

Cooke and his wife, Kathleen, founded Cooke Pictures to help nonprofit and religious organizations tell their stories through media, including television, short films, online platforms and social media.

In that work, they have filmed violent gangs in South America, human traffickers in Eastern Europe, government overthrows in Africa and traveled with Bedouin tribes in the Middle East.

Their clients have included Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer and The Salvation Army. “I am so excited to have Phil Cooke because it’s an opportunity for our community to see an internationally respected movie producer who is a devout Christian,” Young said.

Cooke, who has a doctorate in theology, also has written several books, including “Jolt!: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing.” He blogs for The Huffington Post and is a contributor to Fast Company, and

The prayer breakfast will include music from Christal Brown-Gibson and the College of Charleston Gospel Choir.

Tickets are $35. The foundation supports local efforts, including the Be a Mentor Initiative, Lowcountry Orphan Relief and LifeWorks.

The Cookes are coming pro bono to speak at the breakfast, Young said, and will speak at three other events while they are in town:

Nonprofit leaders are invited to a lunch seminar with Cooke at noon Wednesday at Seacoast Church, 750 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant.

Cooke will discuss how nonprofits can stand out in a media-driven age when the average person receives up to 5,000 messages a day.

Cooke has written two books about this topic, including “Branding Faith: Why Some Churches and Non-Profits Impact Culture and Others Don’t” and “The Last TV Evangelist: Why the Next Generation Couldn’t Care Less About Religious Media and Why It Matters.”

Luncheon tickets are $20.

A pastors’ breakfast will be at 8 a.m. Thursday at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 7396 Rivers Ave., North Charleston.

Cooke will speak to pastors and church members about how to excite existing members and draw new members in today’s media-driven and often distracted world.

Participants will receive an autographed copy of his new book “Unique.” Cost is $20.

Kathleen Cooke, a media professional and former actress, will address a women’s luncheon at noon Thursday at Seacoast Church, 750 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant.

She will discuss how to break though past experiences, failures and ongoing challenges. Cost is $20 and includes lunch.

For tickets and information about all events, go to, call 471-0101 or email

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