About Promise Keepers

Core Values

Promise Keepers is a Christ-centered organization dedicated to instilling a passion in men to hear, obey and daily meditate in the Word of God. We have impacted and transformed the lives of over 7 million men. We introduce men and young adults to Jesus Christ as their Savior, and challenge them to be men of the Word, godly husbands and fathers, live a life of purity, and support their pastors. We are awakening the church to its Biblical responsibility to stand with God’s Chosen people and to break down barriers between race and denominations.

Millions have participated since 1990 when PK first began. Click here for our history thorugh 2008.

Our Vision

Equipping the local church through the Word of God to empower their men to transform the world.

Our Mission

To issue a catalytic clarion call to men to hear and obey the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit.


Passion for the Word of God (the living Word).


To Get Every Christian man to read the Word of God daily.

Our Statement of Faith

Promise Keepers is not a membership organization. Men of God are welcome to participate in our ministries, become Legacy Parters, PK Insiders, Ambassadors and join our mailing lists; but are only promise keepers to the degree that they individually live out their testimonies among those who know them.

The Founder and the Current President

Coach Bill McCartney

Coach MacFormer head football coach of the University of Colorado, Coach Bill McCartney is the Founder, and Chairman Emeritus of Promise Keepers.

The mission of Promise Keepers is to issue a catalytic clarion call to the Body of Christ, to hear and obey the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit.

He is also the founder of The Road to Jerusalem ministry. The organization’s mission is to encourage Gentile believers in Jesus Christ to embrace the Messianic Jewish community.

Coach “Mac” led the University of Colorado to a share of the national championship in 1990. He is a member of the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, and was honored as Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year in 1985, 1989, and 1990. He won National Coach of the Year honors in 1989. He received the Honorary Dr. of Ministries from Azusa Pacific University for extraordinary work in the field of racial reconciliation.

He is the author of five books, Ashes to Glory, Sold Out, Sold Out Two-gether with Lyndi McCartney, Blind Spots and Two Minute Warning.

Coach “Mac” has four grown children: Mike, Tom, Kristyn, and Marc, and ten grandchildren.

Doctor Raleigh Washington

Dr. Raleigh WashingtonRaleigh Washington serves Promise Keepers as its President and CEO, and the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors. The mission of PK is to issue a catalytic clarion call to the Body of Christ, to hear and obey the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit. He formerly served PK as VP of Reconciliation and EVP of Global Ministries.

Dr. Washington is the founder and Pastor Emeritus of Rock Of Our Salvation Evangelical Free Church in Chicago, Illinois, (an urban church reaching across racial barriers in the inner city of Chicago).

He co-authored Breaking Down Walls: A Model of Reconciliation in an Age of Racial Strife with Glen Kehrein, the 1994 Gold Medallion winner from the Christian Booksellers Association.

Dr. Washington attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, earning the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Vietnam. He entered Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1980 (now known as Trinity International University), where he earned his Master of Divinity and received numerous awards. Raleigh was awarded Doctor of Peacemaking by Westminster College. He was the third recipient of the award; the first went to Mother Teresa and the second went to Bishop Desmond Tutu.

At Trinity, Raleigh developed the Master of Arts in Urban Ministries program, which he directed for six years. He holds honorary doctorates from Trinity International University, Westminster College, and Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Washington has been a featured speaker for Promise Keepers, Moody Founders Week and many other ministries.

He and his wife Paulette live in Denver and have started a church called The Hope.

Masculine Context – Laughter, Tears, Truth and Worship

The 7 Promises


A Promise Keeper is committed to honoring Jesus Christ through worship, prayer and obedience to God’s Word in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 12:1-2)
Also see: Psalm 95:1-7; 98:2-3, Proverbs 3:5-6, Jeremiah 3:3-13, Luke 18:1 John 4:32, Acts 2:30-39, Romans 12:1-3, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Galatians 2:20, 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10, 2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 12:1-11, 2 Peter 3:11, Revelation 4:8-11


A Promise Keeper is committed to pursuing vital relationships with a few other men, understanding that he needs brothers to help him keep his promises.(Ecclesiastes 4:12)
Also see: Genesis 14:12-16, Job 16:1-5, Proverbs 17:17;27:17, Ecclesiastes 4:9-11, Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 14:32-34, Luke 6:12-16, Acts 20:32-38, Romans 15:30-33, Colossians 4:7-9, James 5:16, 1 Peter 5:4-10, Hebrews 10:24, 3 John 3-4


A Promise Keeper is committed to practicing spiritual, moral, ethical, and sexual purity. (Hebrews 4:15-16)
Also see: Exodus 20:3; 33:12-17, Joshua 7:6-12, 1 Kings 11:1-12, 1 Chronicles 29:17-18, Psalm 101:2-4, Proverbs 11:1; 19:5; 20:11, Ecclesiastes 7:11-12, Song of Songs 2:4-7; 7:1-13, Micah 6:6-8, Matthew 4:1-11, Romans 16:19, 1 Peter 2:11-22


A Promise Keeper is committed to building strong marriages and families through love, protection and biblical values. (Ephesians 5:25; 6:4)
Also see: Genesis 2:22-25, Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Ezra 9:12, Esther 2:10-11, Job 1:1-5, Psalm 127:1-5, Proverbs 5:15-20; 17:6, Proverbs 18:22; 22:15. Proverbs 31:10-31, Song of Songs 2:1; 4:1-7, Song of Songs 5:16; 8:6-7; 8:13-14, Joel 1:2-3, Mark 10:6-9, Acts 16:14-15 Hebrews 13:4


A Promise Keeper is committed to supporting the mission of his church by honoring and praying for his pastor, and by actively giving his time and resources. (1 Timothy 5:17)
Also see: Genesis 45:8, Malachi 3:10, Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 14:26-27, John 17:15-19, Acts 4:32-37; 5:12, Acts 6:1-5; 11:29-30; 28:7-10, Romans 12:4-8, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Galatians 6:3-6, Philippians 4:10-18, Hebrews 10:25, 1 Peter 2:4-5; 4:8-11


A Promise Keeper is committed to reaching beyond any racial and denominational barriers to demonstrate the power of biblical unity. (John 17:20-21) Also see: Genesis 11:1-8, Leviticus 19:32-34, Numbers 25:1-18, Ruth 1:16-17, Proverbs 6:1-35; 22:2, Isaiah 53:1-12, Luke 10:25-37, Acts 10:24-33, 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 3:3-9, Ephesians 2:14; 4:2-3, Revelation 5:9; 7:9; 14:65


A Promise Keeper is committed to influencing his world, being obedient to the Great Commandment (Mark 12:30-31) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20)
Also see: Exodus 1:15-27, Nehemiah 2:17-20; 5:14-18, Psalm 82:3-4, Proverbs 1:1-6; 19:17; 28:27, Matthew 7:15-20, Mark 12:30-31, Acts 5:38-39, Romans 10:14, Corinthians 9:19-23, 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10, 2 John 4-6.