Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Dr. D. James Kennedy, 76, Leaves Legacy of Faithfulness

Dr. D. James Kennedy, 76, Leaves Legacy of Faithfulness

by Jennifer Mesko, associate editor

Dr. Dobson calls him 'a giant in the battle to restore traditional values.'

Dr. D. James Kennedy, who led Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church for nearly half a century and reached 3.5 million people weekly by radio, went to be with the Lord early today. Kennedy, 76, had suffered a heart attack in December and announced his retirement less than two weeks ago.

“The Church has lost one of its truly significant figures, and American families have lost one of their most passionate, effective defenders," said Dr. James C. Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family. "For decades, Dr. Kennedy has been a passionate defender of biblical truth in a culture that increasingly forgot it. He was a giant in the battle to restore traditional values in our nation.

“Most importantly, I believe, Dr. Kennedy would want to be remembered as a man whose greatest desire was to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Believers around the world are indebted to him for holding firm to that important calling.”

Beverly LaHaye, founder and chairwoman of Concerned Women for America, knew Kennedy as a man of remarkable faith and a friend for many years.

“Jim Kennedy left a legacy of profound spiritual leadership and effective evangelism," she said. "His dedication to spreading the Gospel and discipling the nation touched the lives of millions. I was honored to work with him to restore a culture of life to the nation we both love so dearly.”
In 1974, Kennedy started Coral Ridge Ministries, an organization that shares the Gospel through radio and television. His radio ministry is expected to continue. He is the author of more than 50 books.

Kennedy is survived by his wife of 51 years, Anne, and a daughter, Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy.

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