A Larry Ross Communications, Media Alert


Keynote Speaker Dr. James Dobson and Other National Christian Leaders
to Join Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church Members
and Florida Citizens to Pay Tribute

Public viewing and funeral services for Dr. D. James Kennedy, founder and senior pastor for 48 years of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (CRPC) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who passed away Sept. 5.
For nearly one-half century, Dr. Kennedy’s influence extended beyond his pastoral ministry as a statesman for cultural engagement and champion for moral righteousness. He had a profound impact across the U.S. and around the globe as one of the most respected Christian broadcasters – heard on nearly 750 radio and more than 400 television stations worldwide – and also led by example in Christian education, theological preparation and evangelism training, equipping believers in every nation to share the message of Christ.

Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
5555 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Media parking is reserved on the south-side of CRPC off NE 55 Street, including specially marked bays for satellite trucks.


Wednesday, Sept. 12, Noon to 9 PM EDT –
Dr. Kennedy will lie in repose in the Grand Narthex

  • The casket will arrive at CRPC at 11:15 AM and will depart at 9:15 PM; media positioning will be available in the front of the church for both arrival and departure.
  • B-roll of the arrival of the casket and portions of the repose will be available on-site by 1 PM and downloadable by 4 PM at www.DJamesKennedyNews.com.
  • Media access into the Grand Narthex will be available from 4-5 PM.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 1 PM EDT –
Public funeral service in the main sanctuary

  • Doors will open to the public at 11 AM.
  • Service participants will include Focus on the Family Founder and Chairman of the Board Dr. James Dobson as keynote speaker; eulogies from National Religious Broadcasters President and CEO Dr. Frank Wright and Amway Corporation Co-Founder Richard DeVos; a family testimony from daughter Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy and statements read by a representative of President George W. Bush and grandson of evangelist Billy Graham.
  • Live video streaming of the service will be provided at www.DJamesKennedy.org; the service will also be carried live on the NRB network (Direct TV channel 378) and INSP Network (carried on more than 2,000 cable stations across the country).
  • Due to anticipated crowds, attendees will be directed to a nearby satellite parking facility at the American Golf Course, 3850 N. Federal Highway, where continuous, air-conditioned shuttle bus service will be provided to CRPC from 10 AM to 5 PM.
  • In addition to seating for 2,500 in the main sanctuary, an additional 1,500 seats will be provided in three overflow locations on campus.
  • In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to the D. James Kennedy Foundation, Inc., 980 N. Federal Highway, Suite 440, Boca Raton, FL 33432.

Friday, Sept. 14 –
Private interment ceremony

  • An official photo(s) of the private interment ceremony will be provided by CRPC and available for download after 2 PM EDT at www.DJamesKennedyNews.com.

MEDIA CENTER: A full-service, on-site media center will be open to provide credentialing, media informational materials, audio and visual mult-box, wireless Internet and light refreshments. The center will be located in the CRPC Gangway, which can be accessed from the south entrance. Hours of operation are:
       Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 9 AM to 9 PM EDT
       Thursday, Sept. 13, from 9 AM to 6 PM EDT

CREDENTIALING: All media representatives must have appropriate credentials, which can be obtained in the media center. Pre-credentialing forms are available at www.DJamesKennedyNews.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: For on-site assistance and interview coordination, contact Kristin Cole at 615.289.6701 or Larry Ross at 469.774.6362 or [email protected].

PRESS BRIEFINGS: Press briefings with church representatives will take place in the media center Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 AM EDT, and Thursday, Sept. 13, at 11:30 AM EDT.

LIVE SATELLITE FEED: Six-camera coverage of the funeral service on Thursday will be available for downlink without charge beginning with color bars at 12:30 PM and ending at 3 PM on:
       AMC 4
       Transponder 17 (C-band)
       Orbital Slot: (101 W)
       Audio: Left 6.2 / Right 6.8 Megahertz
       Bars will be labeled Comtel or Coral Ridge

LIVE RADIO FEED: Available to Christian stations beginning at 12:30 PM and ending at 3 PM on FSN-2/R through the Focus Satellite Network.

DOWNLOADABLE MEDIA MATERIALS: Press materials; audio and video clips; and additional resources and archive stories are available at www.DJamesKennedyNews.com.

CHURCH MEMBER INTERVIEWS: A representative sampling of longtime CRPC members have agreed to be available for interviews regarding Dr. Kennedy’s ministry, legacy and future succession.

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Kristin Cole
c. (615) 289-6701
e. [email protected]


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