Strength in Community...

keynote speaker

Judge K. A. Gauff

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Karen Ackerson Gauff, a minister of the gospel and of the law, presides over the Community Collaborative Court in Compton, California. Judge Gauff is passionate about encouraging others by sharing the victory she has gained over her tumultuous past on the road to becoming a judge. Learn more...

signature sponsor

Signature Sponsor Greg Haeseler

leadership moment

LBPD Deputy Chief Michael Beckman Deputy Chief Michael Beckman is a 27-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department and a proud native of Long Beach, completing his high school and undergraduate education here before earning a Master of Public Administration degree. “I have witnessed firsthand the power and results of prayer,” he says. “More than ever, our communities need prayer. Our city is blessed to have this forum to convene, connect, and be comforted by grace.”


Singer-songwriter Brent George Brent George is a Christian-Soul artist who knew early on that his faith and his music would be working hand in hand, so with a heart to spread his fire, Brent relocated to Los Angeles from Dallas, where he immediately began performing in music venues as well as in church. As a man who is in love with the Lord, and whose music is his vehicle to show it, Brent is excited to be a part of the 34th Annual Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast.

special program guests

Robert Probst, Long Beach Rescue Mission Executive Director
Mike DuRee, Long Beach Fire Chief
Stacy Baltes, Anchor Seaport Escrow
Pastor Scott Foster, Bethany Church Long Beach
Laura Doud, Long Beach City Auditor
Pastor Torie Russell, Temple Baptist Church
Beverly O'Neill, former Long Beach Mayor
Allison Nicholas, 2015 Emerging Leadership Award recipient
Pastor Jerry Rueb, Cornerstone Church Long Beach