Valley churchgoers remember McCain's faith, legacy

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KSAZ) - John McCain was most widely known for being a veteran, a prisoner of war and politician, but he was also a man of faith.

The longtime Arizona senator was reportedly raised in the Episcopal Church, but most recently attended services at the North Phoenix Baptist Church.

Aida Payne attended service at the church alongside Senator McCain a few years ago.

"When he was running for presidency we sang for him," Payne said. "I believe he's a godly man."

McCain made an impression on the church.

"I don't think he only came when he was running," Payne said. "He also came to service to worship with us, which was really meaningful to us."

In an interview, McCain once explained that his faith in God was reinforced when he was kidness and tortured by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War.

A memorial service will be held at the church on Thursday, August 30.

It is open to the public, but a ticket is required - you can buy them here.