The Rev. Richard C. Halverson, who retired in March after 14 years as chaplain of the Senate, has died. He was 79.
Halverson, who was the 60th Senate chaplain, died Tuesday. His successor, the Rev. Lloyd Ogilvie, issued a statement giving the cause of death as “declining health.”
Ogilvie said Halverson “expressed deep care and encouragement to senators, their families and staffs, and Senate employees.”
“His eloquent prayers opening the Senate expressed his love for God and his patriotism for our nation. His preaching and writing made him a prophet to our nation,” Ogilvie said.
The North Dakota native held degrees from Wheaton College and Princeton Theological Seminary. He had positions at Presbyterian churches in Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles and Coalinga, Calif.; and Bethesda, Md.