Viewing and Funeral Times Announced for Founder and Senior Pastor
of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

Public viewing and funeral services have been scheduled for Dr. D. James Kennedy, founder and senior pastor for 48 years of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (CRPC) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Dr. Kennedy passed away peacefully in his sleep at approximately 2:15 a.m. at his home with his wife and daughter at his bedside, following complications from a cardiac event last December. He was 76.

  • Wed, Sept. 12 – Noon to 9:00pm EDT: Dr. Kennedy will lie in repose in the Grand Narthex at CRPC, 5555 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale.
  • Thur, Sept. 13 – 1pm: A public funeral service will be held in the sanctuary at CRPC. The service will be delay-broadcast in its entirety on TBN, time to-be-determined.
  • Fri, Sept. 14 – A private, family-only interment will take place.

Dr. Kennedy, who is survived by Anne, his wife of 51 years; his daughter Jennifer; and her husband Charles “Chip” Cassidy, preached his last sermon from the pulpit of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church on Christmas Eve Sunday 2006. He suffered a cardiac arrest four days later on Dec. 28, and has since been unable to return to the pulpit.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the D. James Kennedy Foundation, Inc. 980 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 440, Boca Raton, FL 33432. For updates and details on the funeral services, please visit the legacy Web site, Information and instructions will be provided for designated parking areas, as well as shuttle transportation between those locations and CRPC.

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A media room will be set up during the funeral service and will have live video feed from the sanctuary. No media will be admitted with the exception of Coral Ridge Ministries cameras, and all images, audio and video will be obtained from Coral Ridge Ministries as they become available.

Brian Fisher, executive vice president of Coral Ridge Ministries, and Dr. Frank Wright, president and CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, are available for interviews. Please contact Kristin Cole ([email protected]) or Melany Ethridge ([email protected]) at 972.267.1111 for more information or to arrange an interview. Media information will be posted as it becomes available at


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