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Sen. Stevens’ funeral held at Board chair’s church

September 9, 2010 : Paul McLinden

Liberty University’s Board of Trustees chairman, the Rev. Jerry Prevo, presided over the funeral service of the late Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, in August. Stevens was the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history.

Prevo is the pastor of Anchorage Baptist Temple in Anchorage, Alaska, which hosted nearly 3,000 guests for the service, including Vice President Joe Biden, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and many other state and national senators, high-ranking military personnel and government officials.

“It was a ‘Who’s Who of Alaska,’” said Prevo, longtime pastor of Stevens.

In his eulogy to Stevens, Prevo said he wanted to share a story not about the senator’s past, but about his future.

“The last thing that Senator Stevens said to me, was said publicly here in this auditorium on August 1st. He looked at me and said, ‘Pastor I want to thank you. You taught me prayers do get answered.’”

Prevo shared how the late senator had prayed the prayer of salvation with him, asking Jesus to come into his life, forgive his sins and “and take me to heaven when I die.”

“When I see him again, in eternity, I believe his first words to me will be, ‘Pastor, again I want to thank you — prayers do get answered,’” Prevo said.

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