About Pastor Sam
President of NHCLC/CONEL
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization serving as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,118 U.S. churches and over 450,000 churches spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora.
Pastor Sam 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 2015
“101 Most Influential Leaders” —Latino Leaders Magazine 2015 and 2016
“Top 100 Christian Leaders in America” —Newsmax 2015
“2013 TIME nomination as 100 most influential people in the world —TIME 2013
“10 White & Brown MLKs of Our Time” —Black Christian News 2013
#1 Best seller author L.A. Times —“Be Light”
He was also prominently featured in the April 15, 2013 TIME cover story, The Latino Reformation.
Pastor Sam 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 Español, Bill Moyers, Boston Globe, The Atlanta Constitution, Ministry Today, The Christian Post, Charisma, CBN, TBN and many others.
A number of outlets have deemed Rodriguez as one of America’s leading Christian and Latino voices and as the leader of the Latino Evangelical movement, including CNN, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle and Charisma Magazine, to name a few.
Pastor Sam 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.
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.
As a representative of President Obama’s White House Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families, he frequently meets and consults members of both parties in Congress and in White House meetings on social justice, Latino and values issues and provided consultation to a number of 2016 presidential campaigns on issues such as religious liberties.
He is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Congress of Racial Equality; the 2015 Rosa Parks Courage Award given by the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) and the Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute (SYLDI); and the “Defender of the Dream” award presented in 2016 by Alveda King and the King Family as well as Bishop Harry Jackson of The Reconciled Church.
An award-winning author, Pastor Sam contributes to world-renowned publications such as The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Outreach magazine, Ministry Today, Enrichment Journal, Vida Cristiana, Christianity Today, Yale “Reflections” and others. He is also the author of “Be Light: Shining God’s Beauty, Truth, and Hope in a Darkened World,” which made #1 on the LA Times Best Seller’s list, “The Lamb’s Agenda” and “Path of Miracles” (2009).
Pastor Sam 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, Empowered21, PCCNA and Christianity Today.
He earned his Master’s degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University and likewise received Honorary Doctorates from Baptist University of the Americas and 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, Eva, and their three children.