Center for Christian Statesmanship Recognizes Sen. James Lankford with Award

Senator James LankfordThe D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, a ministry of Evangelism Explosion International, honored Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) with its Distinguished Christian Statesman Award during an event Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

The award, given annually since 1996, seeks to honor individuals who combine excellence in public service with character and faith in God.

"Sen. Lankford's clear, vibrant, and articulate Christian witness - and his commitment to the highest standard of public service - exemplifies what it means to be a Christian statesman," remarked Dr. George Roller, Executive Director of the Center for Christian Statesmanship, which serves legislators, staffers, and interns on Capitol Hill. "Sen. Lankford's verbal and open embracing of faith in Jesus Christ and biblical principles has separated him from the crowd."

Sen. Lankford was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 4, 2014, after serving two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the Appropriations, Homeland Security, and Indian Affairs Committees, as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence. Additionally, Sen. Lankford serves on the Senate Republican Whip Team for the 114th Congress.

As noted by the Center for Christian Statesmanship, encouraging personal faith, committed families, practical education, and the critical need to invest in the next generation has always been important to Sen. Lankford. Before his time in Congress, he served as the Director of the Falls Creek Youth Camp and Director of Student Ministry at the Baptist Convention of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2009. Falls Creek is the largest youth camp in the United States, with more than 51,000 students and adults attending each summer.

"He is a diligent servant leader who takes the responsibilities of public office with the utmost seriousness and brings an unashamedly Christian worldview to the task," shared Dr. Roller. "We're thrilled to recognize him as a Christian statesman and leader."

According to Dr. Roller, the desire of the Center for Christian Statesmanship is to inspire more individuals to make Christian statesmanship the goal of their public service

Founded in 1995 by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, the Center for Christian Statesmanship has impacted thousands of lives by bringing a Gospel witness, Christian discipleship, and a vision for Christian statesmanship to leaders in Washington. The Center for Christian Statesmanship seeks to equip a new generation of leaders for service to both God and country through a wide range of ministry activities, including:

  • "Politics and Principle Luncheons" at which Christian Members of Congress share their faith testimony;
  • Bible studies for legislators, staffers, and interns;
  • Special Capitol Hill intern events, such as backyard barbecues, where hundreds of interns gather in a Christian setting; and
  • Lectures where key Christian leaders and thinkers share a Christian witness to the Capitol Hill community.

"Our nation needs a fresh generation of leaders who will fulfill the duties of public service in the same way as our nation's founders - according to the pattern and principles of Jesus Christ," stated Dr. Roller.

To find out more about the Center for Christian Statesmanship, visit

By NRB Staff

PHOTO ABOVE: (Left to right) Dr. John Sorensen, President of Evangelism Explosion International; Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy, daughter of the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, Founder of the Center For Christian Statesmanship; Sen. James Lankford (R-OK); and Dr. George Roller, Director of the Center for Christian Statesmanship. Photograph courtesy of Evangelism Explosion International.

Published: June 18, 2015


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