Rick Warren, senior pastor at Saddleback Church, will give the invocation at Barack Obama's inaugural swearing-in ceremony on January 20.
The benediction will be given by Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, dean of the civil rights movement and co-founder with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Obama will be the first president since Harry Truman not to have a close relationship with evangelist Billy Graham. Franklin Graham told CT last month that although his father is praying for and would like to meet Obama, his role as counselor is ending. Could Rick Warren fill that role?1