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Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft. Photo: Video screen shot

John Ashcroft will speak at upcoming luncheon for area pastors, ministry leaders

John Ashcroft, former U.S. attorney general and Missouri governor and senator, will be the keynote speaker for an upcoming event for local pastors and ministry leaders. The Missouri Renewal Project is sponsoring a complimentary luncheon, which will be held on May 23 at Fellowship Church in Belton. Pastor Chris Williams will be the host.

“As pastors, ministry leaders and spouses, we must understand the times in which we live and lead with biblical insight to be salt and light in our cities, states and nation,” organizers said. Thousands of church leaders and their spouses have attended these complimentary events across our nation, and 99.9 percent of attendees agree that the meetings have been insightful, educational, refreshing and a real blessing.”

Ashcroft served as governor from 1985 through 1993 and as a U.S. senator from 1995 through 2001. Former President George W. Bush appointed him as the 79th U.S. attorney general. Since retiring from public service, Ashcroft has written several books and is a professor at the Regent University School of Law. His son, Jay Ashcroft, is the current Missouri secretary of state.

Two decades after al-Qaeda hijackers killed 2,977 people from 93 countries at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on Flight 93, Ashcroft recently said America’s greatest threat today is coming from its own people.

“I think our culture is the greatest threat,” he said. “I’m not convinced that our culture is not more interested in fantasy than in fact.”

Pastors’ luncheons also will be held in St. Louis and Springfield. Additional information is available at www.theamericanrenewalproject.org.