Bishop Harold Rayford is the founder, CEO and president of 1800 Days. He was inspired to launch this non-profit corporation after spending time working as an educator in a Dane County middle school. This experience allowed him a first-hand understanding of the many ways the area’s achievement gap presents challenges to our children. Determined to create a long-range strategy to address this problem, Bishop Rayford established 1800 Days to eliminate the achievement gap in Dane County. Originally a native of the Fort Worth, Texas area where he received degrees from Tarrant County College and Dallas Baptist University, Bishop Rayford relocated to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin in 2006 to lead the congregation of The Faith Place Church. This congregation has continued to experience a steady growth under his leadership. Bishop Rayford serves as President of the African American Council of Churches of Greater Madison, as well as Chairman of the Minnesota, Wisconsin, Dakotas District Council (MWDDC) of The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. Beyond the pulpit, Bishop Rayford is an accomplished saxophonist, having received a Dove Award and nominations for two Stella Music awards. Bishop Rayford is also an accomplished writer, having authored 3 books. He is currently writing his forth book, entitled, “God has an assignment for you!” He and his wife, Jacquie, have been married for 30 years and are proud parents and super-proud grandparents of 3 smart and witty grandchildren.