Sioux Falls Prayer Breakfast

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At Our Table,
All Are Welcome.

The Sioux Falls Prayer Breakfast exists to bring people together in prayer, reflection, and spiritual growth. Join us on Good Friday morning for breakfast and Christian fellowship.

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Willie Alfonso

Willie Alfonso

Chaplain for the New York Yankees

Willie was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the product of an abusive and alcoholic father. At the age of eleven he was forced to leave home when his mother chose to turn him away after he defended her during a beating from his then crazed and drunken father.

Willie spent his teenage years living with relatives and friends on the streets of Brooklyn. He turned to drug use early on and continued destructive habits into his young adult years. In 1972, at the age of eighteen, he married his wife Nancy and continued to abuse drugs until Palm Sunday, 1981 when he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Willie served in several ministries at his local church (Sunday School, Children's Church, Youth Ministries and Prison Ministry) until 1996 when he and his wife felt called into full-time, inner city ministry. Willie then left his Wall Street job as a printer and became an Assistant Pastor for The Christian and Missionary Alliance at New Hope Community Church, Staten Island. While at New Hope Community Church, Willie began working with teenagers in a sports ministry. Using his love for God, life testimony and his love for sports, he became a great influence in the lives of many of the young people he came in contact with. Many of these young people received Christ or rededicated their lives to live for God.

After five years at New Hope Community Church, Willie and his wife took another step of faith and became part of Campus Crusade for Christ in their outreach to athletes, through the ministry Athletes In Action. He now serves as Chaplain to the Staten Island Yankees and the Hispanic players of the New York Yankees. Through Willie’s work with Athletes In Action and the friendships he has developed with players, he has seen many of them develop into Christ-centered leaders. Players such as Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, Coach Byron Scott, Alonzo Mourning, and others have dedicated themselves to come alongside Willie and his ministry to young people. In addition to his commitment to Athletes in Action, Willie served as director of Urban Impact a ministry of Pillar of Fire International dedicated to the mentoring of young boys and girls through sports ministry.

Willie continues to reside on Staten Island with his wife Nancy. They have three daughters, Venus, Yvette and Krista. He has founded a non-profit organization on Staten Island called “It’s A New Beginning”.  It is a ministry dedicated to spreading the message of Christ.

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In 1976, a local group of Christian visionaries and business leaders wanted to create a public devotion event for their community. Every Good Friday morning since, people have gathered for the Sioux Falls Prayer Breakfast. We hold the event on Good Friday morning to provide a faith-filled springboard for Easter weekend—and beyond. The event now brings more than 1,200 attendees each year and is one of the nation’s largest prayer breakfasts.

Though topics and speakers vary, the mission remains the same:

To present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that inspires and impacts our community.

Leaders from various community segments pray with the audience alongside a featured keynote speaker. Each year’s speaker captivates and motivates others to spiritual growth, challenging everyone present to consider their personal relationship with the risen savior, Jesus Christ.


The Sioux Falls Community is a vibrant community blessed with organizations empowering others to seek and share their faith in Christ. We would like to recognize the following organization and encourage you to learn more about their mission, vision, and contribution to the community. 

Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) local chapter in Sioux Falls is a movement of students centered around walking with Christ as they advance the gospel. Found at many local campuses, CRU supports students through their journey toward making and keeping a connection with Jesus Christ and encourages them to share how the Gospel has impacted their lives.

Students sharing the gospel and working together with local churches to connect with students who do not have a relationship with Jesus is their passion. Through training and encouragement, they empower students to share their faith in Christ with a goal of impacting the community, region and ultimately the world.