FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The Rev. D. James Kennedy, longtime evangelical pastor of a Florida mega-church, died Wednesday at his home.
He was 76.
Kennedy, pastor of the 10,000-member Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, had been ill since suffering cardiac arrest Dec. 28, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel said Wednesday.
"He was one of the major architects of evangelical civil religion -- the belief that America was a Christian nation, and the challenge of the contemporary evangelical church is to reclaim it," religion professor Scot McKnight of North Park University in Chicago told the newspaper. "Kennedy helped the movement reach its finest hour."
Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Ministries says it has a radio and television audience of 3.5 million people, with a weekly sermon by Kennedy broadcast in more than 145 countries and on more than 600 stations, The New York Times reported.