D. James Kennedy
“The most powerful tool we have in the struggle to see hearts turn toward God and to see His righteousness and truth return to our land is prayer.” - Dr. D. James Kennedy
– Dennis James Kennedy is born to George and Ermine Kennedy in
– The Kennedy family moves to
– The family relocates once more to
– Arthur Murray Dance instructor Jim Kennedy meets Anne Lewis and signs
her up for six months of dance instructions.
– Sleeping late on a Sunday morning, Jim Kennedy hears the Gospel for
the very first time from a radio preacher. Shortly thereafter
he professes faith in Christ.
– After fighting God’s call to full-time ministry for nearly a year,
Jim Kennedy, with great trepidation, quits his job as a dance studio
– Jim Kennedy and Anne Lewis become engaged.
– Jim is given the chance to preach at a
local Presbyterian church and, to his surprise, is employed as the interim
minister the same day.
– Jim and Anne are married at First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland,
– Jim Kennedy begins seminary training at Columbia Theological Seminary
– Days before his seminary graduation, Jim receives a letter from the
Home Missions Committee of the Everglades Presbytery inviting him to
consider pastoring a new church to be
– The first Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church worship service is
–Rev. D. James Kennedy is ordained.
– Rev. Kennedy tells his fledgling congregation:
“You know what? I believe we can change the world!”
– Rev. D. James Kennedy is installed as
minister of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.
– Rev. Kennedy begins to train church members to share Christ using the
techniques learned from Rev. Kennedy Smart.
– Jennifer is born and adopted into the Kennedy family.
– A new church building seating 500 on Commercial Boulevard
– The first Evangelism Explosion clinic is held
with 36 people in attendance.
– Tragedy strikes when Anne undergoes cancer surgery. Rev. Kennedy later
describes God’s provision during that dark time in his message, “Songs
in the Night.”
– Evangelism Explosion, the
first of more than 65 books by Dr. Kennedy is published by Tyndale.
More than 1.5 million copies have been sold.
– Like A
Mighty Army, a dramatic motion picture depicting the story of
Evangelism Explosion, is produced by Gospel Films.
– Lay Evangelism, Inc., later changed to Evangelism Explosion III
International, Inc., is organized.
11, 1971 (Easter Sunday)
– Groundbreaking for new church on
– Classes begin at
– The new church building on
– Radio station WAFG (90.3 FM) is licensed as a non-commercial
– Church membership reaches 5,000 people.
– Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church votes to leave the Presbyterian Church
(U.S.) and unites with the Presbyterian Church in America (P.C.A.).
– First television broadcast of worship service.
– Dr. Kennedy receives his Ph.D. from
– Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church celebrates its 20th
– George Kennedy, Dr. Kennedy’s brother, dies. Dr. Kennedy learns
after his death that George, who had long resisted the Gospel, was led to
Christ on his death bed by a young hospital
– Truths That Transform, Dr. Kennedy’s daily radio program begins.
– Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church celebrates its 25th
- With Evangelism Explosion in only 66 nations, Dr. Kennedy challenged the
organization’s vice presidents to take the lay-evangelism training
program to every nation by 1995.
– The Session of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church establishes Knox
Theological Seminary and appoints Dr. Kennedy Chancellor.
30-April 1, 1990
– Knox Theological Seminary begins classes to train pastors and laymen
in a graduate school of theology.
– The Kennedy Commentary, a
daily 90-second radio commentary, is launched.
– Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church celebrates Dr. Kennedy’s 35th
year in Gospel ministry.
– Dr. Kennedy dedicates the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian
– Evangelism Explosion International becomes the first Christian
organization in history to establish its ministry in all 211 nations of
– Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church celebrates its 40th
– Daughter Jennifer marries Charles D. “Chip” Cassidy in
– Along with Dean Jones, Dr. Kennedy co-hosts
Who Is This Jesus, a one-hour
documentary viewed by some 12 million people nationwide.
– Dr. Kennedy is inducted into the National
Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
– After Hurricane Wilma rips off the church roof and drenches the
sanctuary, Dr. Kennedy encourages the congregation, telling them this is
“our finest hour.”
– Dr. Kennedy is feted at a surprise 75th
– Dr. and Mrs. Kennedy celebrate 50 years of marriage.
– Nearly five million people profess faith in Jesus Christ through
September 5, 2007 – Dr. Kennedy enters into the presence of God in Heaven.
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Dr. D. James Kennedy