McCain pastor prays for 'very special blessings' on 'prepared' nominee

Offers final prayer at Republican convention
The confetti and popping balloons had barely subsided at the end of the Republican National Convention when John McCain’s media-shy Southern Baptist pastor delivered a closing prayer bordering on a plea for God’s endorsement.

Dan Yeary, pastor of North Phoenix Baptist Church, where McCain attends but is not a member, on September 4 asked God for “very special blessings” on the presidential nominee, including “wisdom and courage,” inasmuch as “we feel that he has been prepared for such a time as this.”

In giving a few interviews last spring, Yeary avoided making a personal endorsement of McCain. The pastor then told Associated Baptist Press only that McCain “has the potential to be a great president.”

A lifelong Episcopalian, McCain attends the SBC church when he is in Phoenix with his family. His wife, Cindy, was baptized and joined the 7,000-member congregation in 1991 when the pastor was Richard Jackson.


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