September 14, 2017

James A. Smith Sr.





Senator James Lankford Honored with NRB’s 2017 Faith & Freedom Award

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson and Sen. James LankfordWASHINGTON (NRB) –  The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) presented its 2017 Faith & Freedom Award to U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) on Wednesday, September 13.

“You've been a champion for freedom, senator, and we want to honor that tonight,” said NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson in presenting the award.

“In style and substance, he represents us well,” he told members of the NRB President’s Council after noting Lankford’s “steadfast faith” and “winsomeness.”

“We're honored tonight to present you with NRB's 2017 Faith & Freedom Award,” Johnson added.

In response, Lankford said, “I am incredibly honored to receive this award from a great organization like the National Religious Broadcasters. The work done by its members is extremely important to providing a message of hope and love to millions of Americans on a daily basis.”

As chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Lankford fights unnecessary and burdensome regulation, and advocates for a more restrained federal government.

Personal faith, local decision-making, and opportunity for every person, regardless of their background, are core values for Lankford. Before his time in Congress, from 1995 to 2009, Lankford, an ordained Baptist minister, served as Director of Student Ministry at the Baptist Convention of Oklahoma and Director of the Falls Creek Youth Camp – the largest youth camp in the United States, with more than 51,000 individuals attending each summer.

After serving four years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Lankford was elected to the U.S. Senate to complete an unexpired term on November 4, 2014, and re-elected to a full six-year senate term on November 8, 2016.

The senator shared how his “first real theological training” was in college, listening on the radio to evangelical preachers, including Chuck Swindoll, J. Vernon McGee, and Tony Evans.

“The training I received initially in learning His Word” and to follow Christ “was on radio,” he said.

“They were impacting me on a regular basis,” Lankford continued. “I still catch myself saying and repeating different verses, and different terms and illustrations that I heard during that time period.”

“So keep going,” he told NRB’s President’s Council. “You’re investing in people that you have no idea.”

NRB annually presents the Faith & Freedom Award to a stalwart defender of religious liberty at its Capitol Hill Media Summit, the annual gathering of the NRB President’s Council in Washington, D.C. Past award recipients include former Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), former Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), Alliance Defending Freedom Founder Alan Sears, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran.

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