D James Kennedy (Religious Leader)

D. James Kennedy

Dennis James Kennedy was an American pastor, evangelist, Christian broadcaster, and author. He served as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from 1960 until his death in 2007. Kennedy also founded Evangelism Explosion International, Coral Ridge Ministries, the Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, the Knox Theological Seminary, radio station WAFG-FM, and the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ, a socially conservative political group. In 1974, he began Coral Ridge Ministries, 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. He also had a daily radio program, Truths That Transform, from 1984 on. During his lifetime, Coral Ridge Ministries grew to a US$37-million-a-year non-profit corporation.

Born: November 03, 1930, Augusta, Georgia, US
Died: September 05, 2007, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
Education: Ph.D. from New York University
Spouse(s): Anne Craig Lewis
Children: 1
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About D James Kennedy

Evangelical American minister and television and radio personality who established Florida’s Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and produced The Coral Ridge Hour (TV) and Truths That Transform (radio).

Before Fame

After becoming ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., he shifted his affiliation to the more conservative branch of the denomination, the Presbyterian Church of America.


He attended the Columbia Theological Seminary, the Chicago Graduate School of Theology, and New York University.

Family Life

He and his wife, Anne Craig Lewis, welcomed a daughter named Jennifer in 1962.


He and Leroy Jenkins were both popular southern televangelists.

Information related to D. James Kennedy

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  • Columbia Theological Seminary alumni
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  • 20th-century Presbyterian ministers
  • American sermon writers
  • Intelligent design advocates
  • Christian fundamentalists
  • American television evangelists
  • Christian apologists
  • Writers from Florida

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