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[Release] The JDFI Commends the Trump Administration for Securing Pastor Brunson’s Freedom

Oct. 15, 2018

While this is first and foremost a great day for Pastor Brunson and his family, it is also a victory for the cause of religious freedom throughout the world, and we thank God for it.”  


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.Dr. James Dobson, founder, Dr. Tim Clinton, executive director, and Jenna Ellis, Esq., director of the Dobson Policy Center, issue the following joint statement on behalf of the James Dobson Family Institute:

2 Peter 2:9 tells us ‘the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials.’ Today, with the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, God has proven once again He is faithful to His promises. On behalf of everyone at the JDFI, we are tremendously encouraged by the positive resolution to this story. We want to extend our gratitude to President Trump, Vice President Pence, Secretary Pompeo, Ambassador Brownback, and all other U.S. officials who worked diligently behind the scenes to secure Pastor Brunson’s freedom. While this is first and foremost a great day for Pastor Brunson and his family, it is also a victory for the cause of religious freedom throughout the world, and we thank God for it.”


Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated Christian leader, author and psychologist, earning his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in the field of child development with a minor in research design. He is the founder and president of Family Talk and the James Dobson Family Institute, a nonprofit organization that produces his daily radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” In 2008, Dr. Dobson was inducted into The National Radio Hall of Fame. Follow him @DrJamesCDobson

Dr. Tim Clinton is the Executive Director of the James Dobson Family Institute and co-host of Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk. He is licensed as a Professional Counselor and as a Marriage and Family Therapist and has authored and edited nearly 30 books. He is president of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and served at Liberty University for over 30 years in various academic roles. Dr. Clinton currently serves on President Trump’s Faith Advisory Board, alongside Dr. Dobson. Follow him @DrTimClinton

Jenna Ellis, Esq. is the Director of Public Policy for the James Dobson Family Institute. She is a constitutional law attorney and a contributor to the Washington Examiner, Daily Wire, and The Federalist. Her book, “The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution: A Guide for Christians to Understand America’s Current Constitutional Crisis” provides insight into the culture war that is being fought in America’s legal hierarchy. Follow her @JennaEllisJDFI      

The James Dobson Family Institute is dedicated to preserving the biblical institutions of marriage and family by encouraging, inspiring, supporting, and leading parents and children to build their lives on God’s Word. JDFI’s mission is driven by Dr. James Dobson’s legacy of serving families with broadcasts, videos, articles, leadership training, and policy advocacy to ensure the next generation of families are equipped to stand firm with answers to life’s most difficult questions.