Biography & Net Worth: Bob Dole Religion: Was He Christian? Everything On Ethnicity & Family Background

As for late Bob Dole’s religion, he was a Christian.

He had a Midwestern Methodist upbringing. A few mentions of the politician’s religion are in biography, Bob Dole: The Republicans’ Man for All Seasons, that the Kansas City Star’s Jake Thompson wrote.

Growing up in Russell, Kansas, neither of his parents visited the church consistently. However, they sent their children to Trinity United Methodist Church most Sundays.

Likewise, in Bob’s memoir that he wrote with Elizabeth Hanford Dole, The Doles: Unlimited Partners, he mentioned that he was a regular churchgoer and was even the president of Hi-Y, a Christian youth organization. He never referenced the Methodist Church, even though he was a member of Trinity United. 

Trinity United Methodist’s pastor Rev. Glenn Tombaugh once explained that some things related to the former senate’s faith were private.

Although many know Bob of his illustrious political career, he had a fair share of hardships to deal with before achieving success. On 14 April 1945, on the slope of Monte delle Spe, Italy, Lieutenant Dole became wounded, paralyzed neck down, after an assault.  

Following the injuries, he prayed a lot of silent prayers. He wanted to know the reasons for the tragedy that happened to him and the absence of someone watching out for him. But, in time, he realized that someone was out for him and had been from the morning of 14 April. He also thought maybe all that happened was simply a test of endurance, strength, and faith.

After law school, Bob married his first wife, Phyllis, but divorced in 1971. He then married Elizabeth Hanford in 1975 at that Washington Cathedral. His second wife is a member of the Methodist Church, a North Carolina religious youth camps veteran, and the Capitol Hill prayer group member.

At one point in time, the couple was regular at Foundry United Methodist Church. In 1993, Dole even contributed $13 thousand to the religious organization. The couple stopped their visits in 1995. Instead, they attended several evangelical churches in the Washington area. The churches more accurately reflected their Christian belief.

Many believed that Bob was the type of politician who never wanted to use his religion for political gains.