Magazine article The Christian Century

Doug Coe

Magazine article The Christian Century

Doug Coe

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Doug Coe, organizer of the annual National Prayer Breakfast and a spiritual guide to many politicians, died February 21 at age 88.

Coe died at his home in Annapolis, Maryland, after a heart attack and stroke, said A. Larry Ross, spokesman for Coe's family.

Coe was the longtime head of the International Foundation, a Christian organization also known as the Fellowship and as the Family, which was responsible for bringing together politicians, diplomats, and presidents since Dwight Eisenhower in Washington, D.C., each year on the first Thursday in February. At the most recent gathering, at which President Trump spoke, Coe remained out of the limelight as usual.

Time magazine named Coe on its 2005 list of 25 influential evangelicals, calling him "the Stealth Persuader." Coe tried unsuccessfully to convince the editors to remove his name and then declined to provide a photo.

"He was a man who liked to work behind the scenes, who did not call attention to himself, who was a sort of g a pastor to people in power," said Michael Cromartie, director of the Evangelicals in Civic Life program at Washington's Ethics and Public Policy Center. "He would meet with anybody if it would mean he'd get a chance to talk about Jesus to them. …

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