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D. James Kennedy
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D. James Kennedy at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
Born November 3, 1930(1930-11-03)
Died September 5, 2007 (aged 76) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Church Presbyterian Church in America
Education Ph.D.
Congregations served Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Spouse Anne Craig Lewis
Children Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy (b. 1962)
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Dennis James Kennedy, (November 3, 1930 - September 5, 2007), better known as D. James Kennedy, was an American televangelist, church pastor, and founder of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was senior pastor from 1960 until his death in 2007. Kennedy also founded the Westminster Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, the Knox Theological Seminary, and the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ, a socially conservative political group.

He began Coral Ridge Ministries in 1974, which produced his weekly religious television program, The Coral Ridge Hour, carried on various networks and syndicated on numerous other stations with a peak audience of three million viewers in 200 countries.[1] A daily radio program, Truths That Transform, was heard on radio stations in the United States and archived versions are available as a podcast on the program's website. During his lifetime, Coral Ridge Ministries grew to a US$37-million-a-year non-profit corporation with an audience of 3.5 million.

In 2006, the National Religious Broadcasters association inducted Kennedy into its Hall of Fame. As a result of a heart attack from which he never fully recovered, Kennedy last preached at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church later that year, on December 24, 2006. His retirement was officially announced at the church on August 26, 2007, and he died in his home ten days later.

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Personal information and career

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Early years and family life

D. James Kennedy was born in Augusta, Georgia, but moved to Chicago, Illinois, in childhood. His father was a glass salesman and his parents were United Methodists.[2] Kennedy joined the Boy Scouts and later moved with his family to Tampa, Florida, where he graduated from Henry B. Plant High School in 1948 and then began studying English at the University of Tampa. After two years, he dropped out of college and began working as a dance instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Tampa, winning first prize in a nationwide dance contest.[2] On August 25, 1956, he married Anne Lewis, whom he met while giving her dance lessons at Arthur Murray. They had one daughter, Jennifer, born in 1962.[2]

Education

Bethel Presbyterian Church, where Kennedy began preaching in 1956

In December 1955, Kennedy decided to quit his Arthur Murray job to enter the ministry. He resumed his studies at the University of Tampa (graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1958) and began preaching at the small Bethel Presbyterian Church in nearby Clearwater, Florida.[2] The following year, Kennedy entered Columbia Theological Seminary, receiving a Master of Divinity degree.[3] After his ordination in 1959, Kennedy became the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, where he remained until his death. In the 1970s he earned a Master of Theology summa cum laude from the Chicago Graduate School of Theology,[2] and in 1979 a doctorate in religious education from New York University.[3][4][5] His doctoral dissertation was on the history of an evangelism program he founded.[6] Kennedy said that he earned a Ph D. "to dispel the idea there is an inconsistency between evangelism and education...evangelical ministers [need] to be thoroughly educated and equipped to meet on equal terms anyone with whom they come in contact".[2]

Ministry and theology

Initially ordained in 1959 by the Presbyterian Church in the United States, Kennedy later became an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, after he and his church left the PCUS in 1978. Espousing a traditional Calvinist theology, Kennedy's theological works include Why I Believe, What If Jesus Had Never Been Born, Skeptics Answered, and Truths That Transform. In 1971, he founded the Westminster Academy in Ft. Lauderdale and, in 1989, Knox Theological Seminary.

Kennedy was a conservative evangelical minister who was often involved in political activities within the Christian right. He wrote and coauthored several political works such as What if America Were a Christian Nation Again? and The Rewriting of America's History, arguing that the United States was founded as a Christian nation. Kennedy started the Center for Christian Statesmanship, an evangelical ministry on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The Center awarded a "Distinguished Christian Statesman Award" annually to high profile Christian political leaders, prior to its discontinuation in April 2007.[7][8] Award recipients include Tom DeLay, Sam Brownback, and John Ashcroft. He was called by critics a leader of the Dominionism movement.[9][10][11][12]

In 2006, the National Religious Broadcasters association inducted Kennedy into its Hall of Fame.

Founding of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

Kennedy founded the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1960. Beginning with 45 persons attending a typical Sunday service, it became the fastest-growing Presbyterian church in the U.S. in the 1960s and had 1,366 members by 1968.[2] Kennedy developed the "Evangelism Explosion" ("EE") method of evangelism in the 1960s, which emphasizes the training of church laypeople to share their faith by home visitation in the community.[2] A film, Like a Mighty Army, was produced in 1970 and starred actor Chris Robinson as Kennedy, portraying the Evangelism Explosion story at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.[2] In 1978, Kennedy began the weekly Coral Ridge Hour on national television, which at its peak had a weekly audience of three million viewers in 200 countries and was aired on more than 400 stations and four cable networks, including the Trinity Broadcasting Network, The Inspiration Network (INSP) and the NRB Network, as well as broadcast to more than 150 countries on the Armed Forces Network.[1][13] By the 1980s, the church's membership had grown to almost 10,000 persons.[13]. As of 2009, the church has 2,200 members and weekly attendance averages 1,800 persons.[14]

Retirement and death

On the evening of December 28, 2006, Kennedy experienced prolonged ventricular tachycardia at his Ft. Lauderdale home, leading to cardiac arrest which deprived his brain of adequate oxygen for six to eight minutes. As a result, he sustained a loss of short-term memory and speech impairment.[15] Despite several months of rehabilitation and convalescence, he was unable to resume preaching and his retirement was announced on Sunday, August 26, 2007, at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church by his daughter, Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy.[13][16]

In a statement following news of Kennedy's retirement, the church announced the development of the D. James Kennedy Legacy website in tribute to the life of the Christian evangelist.[17]

Kennedy died in his sleep at home in the early morning hours of September 5, 2007.[3] [13][18][19] The White House issued a statement the following day, saying that U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush were "deeply saddened" by Kennedy's death, calling the Florida-based televangelist and author "a man of great vision, faith, and integrity ... Dr. Kennedy's message of love and hope inspired millions through the institutions he founded...".[20] Kennedy is buried at Lauderdale Memorial Park Cemetery in Ft. Lauderdale[21]

Shortly after Kennedy's death, The Coral Ridge Hour was dropped from syndication by several television stations, as well as on cable by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Kennedy's daughter, Jennifer, stated on the program in February 2008 that viewers' donations to the broadcast ministry had declined significantly in the wake of the founding pastor's death. Telecasts of The Coral Ridge Hour from the church ended in 2009, although half-hour reruns of Kennedy's sermons continue to air on some networks, such as CTN and Daystar, as of 2010.[22] The Center for Reclaiming America for Christ, the Coral Ridge ministry's political action group, folded shortly after Kennedy's heart attack.[3][1]

Notable issues and views

  • Same-sex marriage: Kennedy was strongly opposed to same-sex marriage and called for a constitutional "Firewall" to protect the nation from "counterfeit marriage."[23]
  • Apologetics: Kennedy frequently claimed that if Christianity is not true then it is a massive fraud and hoax perpetrated by evil men bent on making the world a place where Christ's commandment to 'Love thy neighbor' reigns supreme, which is the antithesis of the criminal mind, and hence the theory that Christianity is a fraud is entirely incompatible with logic and human nature.[24]
  • Constitution Restoration Act: a bill promoted during the 2005 Confronting the Judicial War on Faith conference that sought to authorize Congress to impeach judges who fail to acknowledge "God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government" and to limit the power of the federal judiciary to rule in religious liberty cases.[25]
  • Creation-evolution controversy: Kennedy was a Young Earth Creationist[5][26][27][28][29][30][31][32] and supporter of intelligent design[33][34][35] who rejected the theory of evolution and believed that it "led to the death of nine million people in Nazi Germany.... The greatest mass murderers of all time [are] all compliments of evolution,"[36] an idea reflected in Coral Ridge's controversial documentary Darwin's Deadly Legacy in 2006. Darwin's Deadly Legacy is based on the 2004 book From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics and Racism in Germany by Discovery Institute Fellow Richard Weikart. The Discovery Institute is the hub of the intelligent design movement,[37] and the Institute's Fellows are infrequent Coral Ridge Ministries guest speakers. Phillip E. Johnson, considered the father of the movement,[38] was a featured speaker at Coral Ridge Ministries' 1999 Reclaiming America for Christ Conference.[39] There he gave a speech called How the Evolution Debate Can Be Won which was widely promoted by the Ministries' Truths that Transform.[40]
  • Kennedy was a co-signer of the "Land Letter" sent to President George W. Bush in October 2002 which outlined a "just war" rationale for the military invasion of Iraq.[41]
  • Kennedy sought to "reclaim America for Christ" in which government policies and laws would be consistent with evangelical Christianity.[42] Many of his public messages on this topic focused on his assertion that the Founding Fathers of the United States were Christian and had intended to establish a Christian constitution.[12]
  • Kennedy was a notable member of the Moral Majority political movement in the 1970s and 1980s.[43][44]

Criticism and controversy

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AUSCS, "Americans United" or simply AU) has criticized Kennedy's founding of Center for Reclaiming America for being "just another Religious Right outfit obsessed with opposing legal abortion and gay rights and bashing public education."[45] AUSCS also says that "Kennedy's ministry has always promoted right-wing politics," and "it isn't uncommon to tune in to 'The Coral Ridge Hour' and hear him preach against legal abortion, anti-discrimination protections for gays or the teaching of evolution in public schools." AUSCS also criticized Kennedy and his ministry for that it "frequently sends out fund-raising appeals." such as, "One recent letter asked for funds to stop PBS stations from airing a 'homosexual-propaganda program' called It's Elementary."

Though Kennedy has hosted Christian Reconstructionists Rousas John Rushdoony and Gary North on his program[46] he has denounced any attempts to link him to Reconstructionist or Dominionism movement as a McCarthyist technique of guilt by association, and that he does not approve of their theology.[46][47] Dominionism represents the political theory which springs from Christian Reconstructionism, a movement rooted in Calvinist theology.[48] Frederick Clarkson argues that despite his denial, Kennedy meets the criteria for being a dominionist.[49]

Darwin's Deadly Legacy

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has strongly criticized[50] the neo-creationist documentary produced by the Coral Ridge Ministries Darwin's Deadly Legacy,[51] which attempts to link evolution to Hitler: "This is an outrageous and shoddy attempt by D. James Kennedy to trivialize the horrors of the Holocaust. Hitler did not need Darwin to devise his heinous plan to exterminate the Jewish people. Trivializing the Holocaust comes from either ignorance at best or, at worst, a mendacious attempt to score political points in the culture war on the backs of six million Jewish victims and others who died at the hands of the Nazis." The ADL further denounced Kennedy as "a leader among the distinct group of 'Christian Supremacists' who seek to 'reclaim America for Christ' and turn the U.S. into a Christian nation guided by their strange notions of biblical law." The ADL's response also quotes Christian geneticist Francis Collins, who was cited in the show as supporting its views, repudiating it, saying he was "absolutely appalled by what Coral Ridge Ministries is doing. I had NO knowledge that Coral Ridge Ministries was planning a TV special on Darwin and Hitler, and I find the thesis of Dr. Kennedy's program utterly misguided and inflammatory,".[52] Coral Ridge Ministries described the ADL's criticisms in a press release[53] as "harsh" and "unfounded" while reiterating points made in the documentary, along with citing Scottish anatomist and anthropologist Sir Arthur Keith who the center cites as saying in the 1940s, "The German Führer, as I have consistently maintained, is an evolutionist. He has consciously sought to make the practice of Germany conform to the theory of evolution". Coral Ridge Ministries released a statement[54] responding to the ADL's quote of Francis Collins saying he was misled in the documentary. According to the Coral Ridge press release, Collins had signed a "Talent release," giving the center rights to use his statements.[54] The ministry also denied the assertion made by the ADL that Collins had "NO knowledge that Coral Ridge Ministries was planning a TV special on Darwin and Hitler".[54]

References

  1. ^ a b c Robert Samuels (September 21, 2009). "Coral Ridge Presbyterian votes to retain controversial new pastor". Miami Herald. http://www.miamiherald.com/living/religion-values/story/1243679.html. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Chandler, E. Russell (1972). The Kennedy Explosion. Elgin, IL: David C. Cook Publishing. ISBN 0912692022. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Powerful pastor D. James Kennedy dead at 76.". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. September 5, 2007. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sfl-djkennedydead0905,0,4390768.story. 
  4. ^ "Rev. D. James Kennedy, 76; pioneering Christian radio, TV broadcaster". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-kennedy6sep06,1,6628648.story?track=rss. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 
  5. ^ a b D. James Kennedy dies, National Center for Science Education, September 5, 2007
  6. ^ Kennedy, D. James. "The Genesis, Development, and Expansion of Evangelism Explosion International, 1960-1976". DAI 40: 1381. 
  7. ^ Center for Christian Statesmanship reopens on Capitol Hill Allie Martin. OneNewsNow.com, May 16, 2007.
  8. ^ Evangelism Explosion International
  9. ^ Goldberg, Michelle (2006). Kingdom Come: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. New York: W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-32976. "Roy Moore and Rick Scarborough are Baptists, D. James Kennedy was a fundamentalist Presbyterian, and John Edismoe is a Lutheran. All of them, however, have been shaped by dominion theology..."
    "As a multimedia empire, Coral Ridge Ministries is one of the country's most important popularizers of dominion theology"
     
  10. ^ "The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party", TheocracyWatch, Last updated: December 2005; URL accessed May 25, 2006.
  11. ^ Lampman, Jane. "For evangelicals, a bid to 'reclaim America'". The Christian Science Monitor. http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0316/p16s01-lire.html. Retrieved 2007-04-28. "Frederick Clarkson, author of "Eternal Hostility: the Struggle between Theocracy and Democracy," says that if Kennedy was not a theocrat, "he is certainly a dominionist," one who supports taking over and dominating the political process." 
  12. ^ a b Moser, Bob. "The Crusaders: Christian evangelicals are plotting to remake America in their own image". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/7235393/the_crusaders/. Retrieved 2007-04-28. "The godfather of the Dominionists is D. James Kennedy, the most influential evangelical you've never heard of." 
  13. ^ a b c d "D. James Kennedy, influential Christian broadcaster, retires". St. Petersburg Times. August 26, 2007. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SOU_KENNEDY_RETIREMENT_FLOL-?SITE=FLPET&SECTION=HOME. 
  14. ^ Davis, James D. (January 19, 2009). "Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church chooses pastor". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/sfl-coralridge0118,0,7957788.story. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  15. ^ "D. James Kennedy Retires From Ministry". Associated Press. August 27, 2007. http://www.wdac.com/news.php. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  16. ^ Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy statement, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (August 26, 2007).
  17. ^ "Dr. D. James Kennedy Retires: Founder and Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church Steps Down from Pulpit with Rich Legacy of Faith". Coral Ridge Ministries Press Release. August 26, 2007. http://www.djameskennedy.org/media.aspx. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  18. ^ Dr. D. James Kennedy dead at age 76 retrieved 2007-09-05
  19. ^ Powerful pastor D. James Kennedy dead at 76 retrieved 2007-09-05
  20. ^ "President and Mrs. Bush Deeply Saddened by the Death of Dr. D. James Kennedy". White House statement. September 6, 2007. http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2007/09/20070906-7.html. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  21. ^ D. James Kennedy at Find A Grave
  22. ^ TV Times (St. Petersburg Times): p. J5. January 31, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Dr. Kennedy Calls for Constitutional "Firewall" to Protect Marriage". 2003-11-19. http://www.reclaimamerica.org/PAGES/News/news.aspx?story=1460. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  24. ^ "The Reverend James Kennedy". 2007-09-17. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/09/15/db1502.xml. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  25. ^ "In Contempt of Courts". 2005-04-15. http://www.thenation.com/doc/20050425/blumenthal. Retrieved 2007-12-07. "The article discusses how the director of Kennedy's lobbying front was strongly advocating for the bill at the conference. Even though Kennedy was not present, it is ultimately his organization." 
  26. ^ D. James Kennedy: Who Is He And What Does He Want?, Rob Boston, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, April 1999 citing Kennedy's 1994 book Character & Destiny: A Nation In Search of Its Soul
  27. ^ Excerpts from Lord of All, D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, Crossway Books, 2005
  28. ^ Creation Defender D. James Kennedy Goes Home, Institute for Creation Research
  29. ^ Solving Bible Mysteries, D. James Kennedy, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000
  30. ^ What If Jesus Had Never Been Born, D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1994, revised 2001
  31. ^ Coral Ridge Ministries promotes and sells Creationism books and videosCoral Ridge Ministries Media Resources
  32. ^ Fearfully And Wonderfully Made, Sermon by D. James Kennedy. The Coral Ridge Hour, August 2003.
  33. ^ Forrest, Barbara; Gross, Paul R. (2004). Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design. USA: Oxford University Press. pp. 271. ISBN 0-19-515742-7. 
  34. ^ The Republican War on Science Chris Mooney.
  35. ^ C. L. Cagan and Robert Hymers (2006). From Darwin to Design, foreword by D. James Kennedy. Whitaker House, USA. ISBN 0883681226.
  36. ^ "Impact Newsletter". August 2005. http://www.coralridge.org/imp/impact080513.aspx. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  37. ^ The Dover Monkey Trial Chris Mooney. Seed Magazinem October 1, 2005.
  38. ^ Father of Intelligent Design Kim Minugh. Sacramento Bee, May 11, 2006.
  39. ^ Reclaim America .org
  40. ^ How the Evolution Debate Can Be Won Phillip Johnson. Truths that Transform.
  41. ^ "Land Letter". Wikisource. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Land_letter. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  42. ^ "Closing the Gap Between Church and State". May 18, 2005. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4656600. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  43. ^ "Megachurch pioneer D. James Kennedy dies at 76". September 6, 2007. http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2007-09-05-kennedy_N.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  44. ^ "Moral Majority Timeline". http://www.moralmajority.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5&Itemid=29. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  45. ^ Boston, Rob (April 1999). "D. James Kennedy: Who Is He And What Does He Want?". Americans United for Separation of Church and State. http://www.au.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5936&abbr=cs_. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  46. ^ a b Shupe, Anson (Aril 12, 1989). "Prophets of a Biblical America". The Wall Street Journal. p. A14. 
  47. ^ Kennedy, D. James (May 3, 1989). "Letter to the Editor 3". The Wall Street Journal. p. A19. 
  48. ^ Goldberg, op cit
  49. ^ Clarkson, Frederick (Winter 2005). "The Rise of Dominionism: Remaking America as a Christian Nation". PublicEye.org. http://www.publiceye.org/magazine/v19n3/clarkson_dominionism.html. Retrieved 2007-04-28. "The Monitor story shows Kennedy manifesting all three characteristic of a dominionist: he is a Christian nationalist; he is a religious supremacist; and his politics are decidedly theocratic. But of the three characteristics, Kennedy would embrace the first, but deny the second and third." 
  50. ^ "ADL Blasts Christian Supremacist TV Special & Book Blaming Darwin For Hitler". Anti-Defamation League Press Release. August 22, 2006. http://www.adl.org/PresRele/HolNa_52/4877_52.htm. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  51. ^ "Darwin's Deadly Legacy: The Chilling Impact of Darwin's Theory of Evolution". Coral Ridge Ministries. 
  52. ^ "ADL Blasts Christian Supremacist TV Special & Book Blaming Darwin For Hitler". Anti-Defamation League Press Release. 2006-08-22. http://www.adl.org/PresRele/HolNa_52/4877_52.htm. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  53. ^ "Coral Ridge Ministries Answers Anti-Defamation League Blast Against New Darwin-Hitler TV Special". Coral Ridge Ministries Press Release. 2006-08-23. http://www.reclaimamerica.org/Pages/News/news.aspx?story=3122. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  54. ^ a b c "Coral Ridge Ministries and Orthodox Rabbi Reject Anti-Defamation League Attack on TV Special Linking Darwin to Hitler". ChristianNewsWire. http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/76397825.html. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 

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James Kennedy, (3 November 1930 - 5 September 2007), better known as D. James Kennedy, was an American televangelist, megachurch pastor, and founder of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was senior pastor from 1960 until his death in 2007.

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  • The Christian community has a golden opportunity to train an army of dedicated teachers who can invade the public school classrooms and use them to influence the nation for Christ.
    • "Education: Public Problems and Private Solutions," Coral Ridge Ministries, 1993. [1]
  • "Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors -- in short, over every aspect and institution of human society."
    • "Reclaiming America for Christ" conference February, 2005
  • "How much more forcefully can I say it? The time has come, and it is long overdue, when Christians and conservatives and all men and women who believe in the birthright of freedom must rise up and reclaim America for Jesus Christ."
    • Character & Destiny: A Nation In Search of Its Soul D. James Kennedy, Zondervan Publishing House, 1997, p. 80
  • "The intimate coupling of two men or two women is not marriage. It is a pale and misshapen counterfeit that will only serve to empty marriage of its meaning and destroy the institution that is the keystone in the arch of civilization ... Marriage is the sine qua non for healthy children and a stable society. It is 'fundamental to the very existence and survival of the race'..."

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D. James Kennedy
Born November 3, 1930(1930-11-03) in Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Died September 5, 2007 (aged 76) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Church Presbyterian Church in America
Education Ph.D.
Congregations served Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Spouse Anne Craig Lewis
Children Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy (b. 1962)

Dennis James Kennedy (or D. James Kennedy) (November 3, 1930 - September 5, 2007), was an American televangelist and megachurch pastor. He started Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and was the senior pastor there from 1960 until his death in 2007. He began Coral Ridge Ministries in 1974.

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