About our Founder
Charles Benninghoff founded Pray for US – Pray for the United States, several years ago due to his desire to see faith and our country reunited.
He said, “Pray for US started on the college campuses I attended during the 70s and 80s although I didn’t know it at the time. Then, I, too, had put distance between my Christ and my life. I had just come back from serving in the Brown Water Navy in Viet Nam and was on a downer, so to speak. For my service I was disliked by the college students I had returned to live with. But, for my service I had grown to greatly respect the patriotism and spirit of my fellows with whom I had served.”
“For many years, decades in fact, I roamed around without faith and without a goal. Then my life was suddenly taken from me, my old life that is. I ran afoul of the law and I had to start over again. That was 1997. Then, about 2006 I decided to once again attend church and was born again. I joined the Crystal Cathedral in Southern California and taught classes, became an ordained elder even while watching our nation devolve into electing the most left-wing, one-worlder president in its history. I had witnessed in just a few years how our country had slid down a slope towards near-total socialism.
“What I had previously taken for granted, the traditional marriage, the strength of the family, the love of God, the love that Christ brings to us all, faithfulness, frugality and family were just all disappearing. Swept away in a sea of socialist demagoguery. Lost in a tidal wave of gift-giving – read that vote-buying – giveaway government programs.
“It was at that time that I decided faith had founded our country and it would be saved by faith alone and it was my job to work towards that goal. I don’t think I was ‘born again’, but I may have been. I don’t feel like it. I feel like the traditions I grew up with have not been defended by my generation. We gave in. I, too, gave in and went down the wrong path making more mistakes I can count. But now it is time to rise up and defend our traditional beliefs regardless of what is politically correct. That is how Pray for US began and by God’s will it will be carried on.”