The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


January 18, 2013

2 who knew Reagan to speak about his faith

GROVE CITY — The seventh annual Ronald Reagan Lecture, presented by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, will feature two Reagan colleagues at 7 p.m., Feb. 5, in Ketler Auditorium of the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus.

The Rev. John Boyles and Bob Morrison will join Dr. Paul Kengor, Grove City College’s executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, in a discussion on the faith and beliefs of former President Ronald Reagan. The lecture is titled “God and Ronald Reagan, Revisited.” The event is free to the public; registration is encouraged.

Rev. Boyles is pastor of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., the church that President Reagan joined shortly after his inauguration. Boyles not only ministered to Reagan, but also was tasked by the president with some missions relating to the Soviet Union and Cold War. He also chaired the Reagan administration’s Advisory Committee on Ethical Values.

He later served as protestant chaplain at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore colleges.

Morrison, who served Reagan in the Department of Education, worked closely with Secretary of Education Dr. Bill Bennett. Morrison continues to work with Bennett, assisting him in several books, including the bestseller, “America: The Last Best Hope.”

In 1991, Morrison joined the staff of the Family Research Council. A Reagan biographer, Morrison has paid special attention to Reagan’s faith story, including its relation to the fall of communism.

The Center inaugurated the annual Ronald Reagan Lecture in 2007 featuring the former president’s son, author and radio talk show host Michael Reagan. Each year, the event has provided eyewitness testimonials to the leadership style and guiding principles of President Reagan.

Info or registration: or 724-450-1541.

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