|Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL, the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization representing millions of Evangelicals and more than 40,000 U.S. Churches while serving over 450,000 Spanish speaking churches globally.
Rodriguez has been among many lists of influencers in America, which have recognized his impact across the religious and Latino communities, including:
- "40 People Who Radically Changed The World" Charisma Magazine
- "101 Most Influential Leaders" Latino Leaders Magazine
- "Top 100 Christian Leaders in America" Newsmax 2015
- "The 2013 TIME 100 Poll" TIME 2013
- "10 White & Brown MLKs of Our Time" Black Christian News 2013
Rodriguez was also prominently featured in the April 15, 2013 TIME cover story, The Latino Reformation.
Additionally, a number of outlets have deemed Rodriguez as one of America's leading Christian and the leader of the Latino/Hispanic Evangelical community , reconciling a platform of righteousness and justice, including CNN, Fox, NBC Telemundo, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle and Charisma Magazine, to name a few.
In January 2013, he was the first Latino to ever be invited to deliver the keynote address at The Martin Luther King, Jr. 40th Anniversary Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rodriguez has been invited to give keynote speeches at a variety of gatherings including The Ethics and Public Policy Center's 2013 National Religious Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C., as well as at The White House, Princeton, Yale, Promise Keepers, The National Association of Evangelicals and Liberty University. He frequently meets and consults members of both parties in Congress and in White House meetings on social justice, Latino and values issues.
He also served on President Obama's White House Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families.
Rodriguez is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Congress of Racial Equality.
He is regularly featured, profiled and quoted by The Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, NBC Telemundo, ABC, NPR, Chicago Tribune, Christianity Today, Newsweek, Univision, The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, CNN Espaņol, Bill Moyers, Boston Globe, The Atlanta Constitution, Ministry Today, The Christian Post, Charisma, CBN, TBN and many others.
An award-winning writer, Rodriguez writes and contributes to world-renowned publications such as The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Outreach magazine, Ministry Today, Enrichment Journal, Vida Cristiana, Charisma, Christianity Today, Yale "Reflections" and others.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of some of America's leading Evangelical organizations such as Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Counsel and Christianity Today.
Rodriguez is the author of "The Lamb's Agenda" (Thomas Nelson, 2013) and "Path of Miracles" (2009).
He earned his Master's degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University and most recently received an Honorary Doctorate from The Baptist Universities of The Americas.
He likewise obtained an Honorary Doctorate from Northwest University. He is an Assemblies of God Ordained Minister since the age of 23. Rodriguez also serves as Senior Pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, California, where he resides with his wife of 26 years, Eva, and their three children.