SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, issues the following statement:
“After what has undoubtedly been an excruciating two years of captivity for Pastor Andrew Brunson and his family, I am overjoyed that his release has been secured and he will finally be coming home. This is the fitting end to what was nothing less than a humanitarian injustice against a man who was targeted for living out his Christian faith. Today’s news signals that the U.S. we will lead the world in safeguarding religious liberty. No one should live in fear of harm or imprisonment for practicing their faith in peace, and I want to commend this administration for living out those sacred values for all the world to see.”
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, executive producer of The Impossible with 20th Century Fox, and bestselling author of “Shake Free.” He has been named by CNN and Fox News as “the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement” and TIME Magazine nominated him among the 100 most influential leaders in America.
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference is recognized and identified by Time Magazine, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, Charisma Magazine, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, Fox News and CNN as America’s largest and most influential Hispanic/Latino Christian organization with 40,118 certified member churches in the United States and chapters in Latin America.