Board Member - Bio
REV. SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ
The Wall St. Journal has identified Rev. Samuel Rodriguez as one of America’s 7 most influential Hispanic Leaders, and the only religious leader on the list. Meanwhile the San Francisco Chronicle described Samuel as one of the 6 Leaders of the New Evangelical Leadership. By God’s Grace, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez stands today as America’s voice for Hispanic Christianity.
As one of Newsweek Magazine’s Top 12 People to Look For in 2008, and as the President of America’s Preeminent Latino Christian Organization, Samuel is regarded as one of the most prominent voices in the Kingdom of God and as the lead spokesperson for the 16 million strong Hispanic American Born Again Christian Community.
Featured, Profiled and quoted by the Washington Post, CNN, FOXNEWS,Bill Moyers, Chicago Tribune, Christianity Today, Newsweek, Univision NY Times, The Wall St. Journal, Boston Globe, Atlanta Constitution, Ministries Today, and others as the Preeminent Leading Voice of Hispanic Born Again Believers in America, Sam lives to Build the Kingdom of God, reconciling a platform of righteousness and justice.
Rodriguez earned his Masters degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University. Currently he pursues a doctoral degree in Organizational Management and Behavior.
As the leading spokesperson for Hispanic Evangelicals, Samuel has been a featured speaker in White House and Congressional meetings on Hispanic American issues and Justice concerns. His non partisan commitment enables Sam to meet with both sides of the aisle while above all contextualizing the nexus of both Kingdom and Society.
His speaking presentations include the White House, Congress, Princeton, Yale, Promise Keepers, NAE, Battle Cry, Center For American Progress, Faith in Public Life, TBN, Univision, CNN, Fox news, ABC, NPR, and many others
Pastor Sam is the Current President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (The Hispanic NAE). He leads an organization regarded as the leaders of the Hispanic/Latino Church in America.
Additionally, The NHCLC serves 16 million Hispanic Christians while serving as advocates for 45Million Hispanics in respect to family, political, spiritual and socio-economic empowerment.
As the leading Hispanic Christian on the issue or Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Rev. Rodriguez and the NHCLC were credited by Sydney Blumenthal and others as the primary reason why the plans for deportation were stymied. He frequently meets and consults members of both parties in Congress and participates in White House meetings on social justice, Latino and values issues.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of some of America’s leading Evangelical organizations such as: Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, National Association of Evangelicals, World Relief, and Alliance For Marriage.
Rev. Rodriguez has also worked on Evangelicals for Darfur and Creation Care initiatives with various coalitions. In addition, he serves on the steering committee of Evangelicals for Human Rights and the General Superintendents’ Cabinet in the Assemblies of God.
An award winning writer, Rodriguez writes and contributes to world recognized publications such as Ministries Today, Enrichment Journal, The Washington Post and Newsweek “On Faith” Panel, Outreach magazine, Vida Cristiana, Yale Reflections” and others.
Globally, via NHCLC and 3DBN a Global network of top tier Evangelical ministries, Rev. Rodriguez is committed to the presentation of the Gospel while simultaneously addressing issues such as poverty, AIDS, human trafficking, and social justice.
He is an Assemblies of God Ordained Minister since the age of 23. He resides in California with his wife Eva , celebrating 19 years of marriage while she serves as Senior Pastor of Christian Worship Center.