[Press Release] Press Call: Evangelical Pastors & Leaders Call for Reconsideration of Refugee Order

Feb. 9, 2017

WASHINGTON— On Thursday, national evangelical leaders and local evangelical pastors will join a telephonic press briefing to discuss a letter they recently sent to President Trump and Vice-President Pence, urging them to reconsider the harsh reduction in refugees to be welcomed to the US—a provision of the President’s Executive Order unaffected by recent judicial challenges.

Driven by their commitment to the Bible, many local churches throughout the country are actively involved in ministry to refugees, and the reduction of refugees who could come to the US limits churches’ ability to minister.

The letter, which was signed by some of the most prominent evangelical pastors in the country and coordinate by World Relief, appeared as an ad in the Washington Post on Wednesday. Several signatories will be available to explain why they chose to sign onto this letter.


Press briefing discussing release of letter to President Trump and Vice-President Pence, urging reconsideration of refugee order


  • Scott Arbeiter, President, World Relief
  • Galen Carey, Vice-President of Government Relations, National Association of Evangelicals
  • Eugene Cho, Lead Pastor, Quest Church, Seattle, WA
  • Eric Costanzo, Senior Pastor, South Tulsa Baptist Church, Tulsa, OK
  • Lisa Jernigan, Advocate for Global Engagement, Central Christian Church, Mesa, AZ
  • Ed Stetzer, Professor, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
  • Jason Webb, Senior Pastor, Elmbrook Church, Brookfield, WI
  • Jenny Yang, SVP of Advocacy & Policy, World Relief (moderator)


            Thursday, February 9, 2017

11:00 AM Eastern Time


            Toll-Free Number: 877-879-6174

            Conference ID: 6978601

            A recording of the call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call. 


World Relief is a global humanitarian relief and development organization that stands with the vulnerable and partners with local churches to end the cycle of suffering, transform lives and build sustainable communities. With over 70 years of experience, World Relief has 25 offices in the United States that specialize in refugee and immigration services, and works in 20 countries worldwide through disaster response, health and child development, economic development and peacebuilding.

Website WorldRelief.org |  Twitter @WorldRelief