“We believe in leaders and second chances,” Pastor Rick Warren said in a statement. “This is a private moment and we just want to love on him and pray with him.”
According to the Christian Post, it was not known if Jesse Jackson Jr. and his representatives requested a visit from Pastor Warren or whether the pastor of Saddleback Church took it upon himself to visit the former congressman at the federal correctional facility in North Carolina.
The Chicago Sun-Times Voices Blog reported Pastor Rick Warren and Associate Pastor Anthony Miller from Saddleback Church visited Jackson last Friday.
Jesse Jackson Jr. reported to the federal prison camp in Butner, N.C. last month. Jackson is the son of civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and is currently serving a 2 1/2-year prison sentence. According to the bureau of prisons, he may be released as early as Dec. 31, 2015 for good behavior.
The former politician represented Illinois’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 until his resignation in 2012. This summer he was found guilty of spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. His wife and former Chicago alderman, Sandi Jackson admitted to a guilty plea for tax fraud. She will serve her 1 year sentence a month following her husband’s release.
Rick Warren is the author of New York Times bestseller “The Purpose Driven Life” and is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church; the evangelical Christian megachurch located in Lake Forest, Calif.