His Fellowship is the force behind DC discipleship and the National Prayer Breakfast.
Doug Coe, the Washington DC pastor and power broker best known for organizing the network of Christian leaders responsible for the annual National Prayer Breakfast, died Tuesday afternoon. He was 88.
His death, from “complications following a heart attack and stroke,” came just a few weeks after Coe attended the prayer breakfast’s 64th annual gathering.
“Despite our personal sadness, we have joy in knowing that he is now with Jesus and at peace,” wrote Coe’s family in an announcement first posted by Patheos blogger Warren Throckmorton, and separately obtained and confirmed by CT. “All for which he gave his life and tirelessly revealed to so many makes complete sense to him now. He is with family and friends who have gone on before, perhaps saying, ‘See, I told you…’.”
“Doug Coe had a tremendous ministry that touched the lives of so many with the love of Jesus Christ,” tweeted Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. “My deepest sympathy to his family in his passing today. He will be greatly missed.”
“Doug didn’t leave home, he went home,” tweeted O. S. Hawkins, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s GuideStone Financial Resources.
Coe led the Fellowship Foundation, often referred to as “The Fellowship” or “The Family,” a network of ministries and small groups that most famously included prayer groups for influencers on Capitol Hill.
The gatherings are confidential, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, to give participants a safe place to discuss faith without fear of political ramifications. The low-profile, secretive …