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Richard C. Halverson

The Reverend Richard Christian Halverson, D.D., (February 5, 1916 – November 28, 1995).


He was born in Pingree, North Dakota.[1] He attended Valley City State Teacher College in Valley City, North Dakota, before earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, in 1939, participating in the Wheaton College Men's Glee Club. He then earned a Bachelor of Theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.[1] Like his contemporary, Billy Graham, Henrietta Mears of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood had a significant influence on his life. He became the Assistant Pastor at First Presbyterian of Hollywood and was part of the Burning Hearts Fellowship along with Louis Evans, Jr., Bill Bright, Billy Graham, Roy Rogers and others.[2]

Halverson was a minister of the former United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and served from 1958 until 1981 as the Senior Pastor of the Fourth Presbyterian Church, in Bethesda, Maryland. He served as the Chaplain of the United States Senate from February 2, 1981 until December 31, 1994.[1] He was an associate of the National Prayer Breakfast movement starting in 1956 along with Bill Bright. Halverson also was a member of the Board of World Vision, from 1956 to 1983, serving as chairman from 1966 to 1983.[1] He was the President of Concern Ministries, a charitable foundation in Washington, D.C..

Halverson was married to Doris Grace Halverson (née Seaton) and they had three children.[1]


Halverson received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Valley City State University on May 20, 1977, and an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Wheaton College. He received the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award from the state of North Dakota on March 26, 1994.


Halverson authored several books in the 1950s–1990s, including:

  • Christian Maturity, with foreword by Dr. Louis H. Evans, Zondervan/Cowman, 1956. Eight subsequent printings.
  • The quiet men: the secret to personal success and effectiveness by men who practice it, 1963[3]
  • Relevance: The Role of Christianity in the Twentieth Century, 1968
  • A Day at a Time, 1974
  • Somehow inside of Eternity, January 1981
  • Timelessness of Jesus Christ, January 1982
  • Word of a Gentleman: Meditations for Modern Man, December 1983
  • Man to Man, January 1984
  • Living Fellowship, January 1986
  • No Greater Power: Perspective for Days of Pressure, August 1986
  • We the People, July 1987
  • Wisdom on Faith, April 1995
  • Wisdom on the Church, April 1995
  • Wisdom on America, December 1995
  • Wisdom on Life, December 1995

Additionally, he wrote the introduction for the following:


  1. ^ a b c d e "Richard Halverson, 79, a Senate Chaplain". The New York Times. December 1, 1995. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  2. ^ "Historical Context of the Healing Revival". Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  3. ^ Halverson, Richard C. (1963). The quiet men: the secret to personal success and effectiveness by men who practice it. Los Angeles: Cowman. p. 36. LCCN 63021907.

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