FT. LAUDERDALE (POP America) -- One of the nation's most famous televangelists has retired. Nearly 50 years after founding Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, leaders announced Sunday Reverend D. James Kennedy would not return to the pulpit. The 76-year-old Kennedy has been sidelined since suffering a heart attack in December. Kennedy founded Coral Ridge in 1959 with just 45 followers. Over the years, membership would grow into the thousands and the ministry would reach millions worldwide through television, radio and the Internet. Kennedy is known as one of the most influential leaders in the Christian right and, at times, has been a divisive figure by condemning homosexuality and abortion. Church leaders say it could take a couple of years to find a replacement pastor.