In Memoriam: Anne Kennedy, Widow of Late EE Founder D. James Kennedy

Dr. D. James Kennedy and Anne Lewis KennedyAnne Lewis Kennedy, whose late husband, Dr. D. James Kennedy, led her to faith and founded Evangelism Explosion, went to be with the Lord May 16, according to an announcement from the ministry.

Kennedy, known as the “First Lady” of Evangelism Explosion by the ministry staff, served the Lord for more than 60 years – more than 50 of which as an active EE trainer. Kennedy was one of the very first to be trained in EE in 1962, when her husband hand-wrote the first EE Gospel presentation, had his secretary type it up, and then gave printed copies to her and four other women with this simple instruction: learn it and be ready to go out the following week to train others to share the Gospel.

“With her husband, she led by personal example and lived out, from the very beginning, active obedience to Christ’s command: ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men,’” said EE President John Sorensen in a statement.

“She personally reached a point in her life where sharing the Gospel through EE was her reason for living,” he added. “It was what she loved to do.”

According to Sorensen, Kennedy kept on sharing the Gospel through EE even in her later years. Along with her devoted daughter, Jennifer, Kennedy regularly participated in EE and continued to fill neatly-lettered notebooks with the record of those who met Christ through her witness as she had done for more than five decades.

“Dr. Kennedy liked to say Christians are ‘lamplighters,’” said Sorensen.

“When we share the light of Christ with others, we are like those who, before electricity, lit street lamps at dusk–leaving behind a beautiful avenue of light,” he explained. “That was the story of Jim Kennedy’s life and it is just as true of his dear wife, Anne. She, like him, leaves behind a trail of light that will shine for all eternity.”

A memorial service for Kennedy has been scheduled for May 26 at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida – the church that her husband founded and pastored faithfully for 48 years before entering into the presence of God on September 12, 2007.

Kennedy is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Cassidy, and son-in-law, Charles E. “Chip” Cassidy. 

By NRB Staff

Published: May 18, 2017


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