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The Reverend Samuel Rodriguez will address Malone University’s graduates at May 4 Commencement

6557-March 20, 2013

Samuel RodriguezThe Reverend Samuel Rodriguez will address Malone University graduates at their commencement services held Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. at Faith Family Church, located at 8200 Freedom Ave NW in North Canton.

Malone's 121st commencement exercises will celebrate 657 graduates entering and returning to the local, regional, and global work force.

Rev. Rodriguez is the current president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (Hispanic Evangelical Association), America's largest Hispanic Christian organization with 40,118 member churches. Rodriguez leads an organization identified as the Hispanic faith leaders in support of life, family, Great Commission, stewardship, education, justice, and youth.

Rodriguez earned his master's degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University and is pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational management and behavior.

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 for Hispanic Born-Again believers in America, Rev. Rodriguez lives to build the Kingdom of God, reconciling a platform of righteousness and justice.

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, currently serving in President Obama's White House Task Force on Fatherhood. 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.

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, Empower 21, and Christianity Today. Rodriguez is also the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Congress of Racial Equality.

Rev. Rodriguez also serves on the advisory board of the National Campaign to Reduce Teen Pregnancy and Pro Life initiatives with various coalitions. In addition, he serves on the steering committee of The Freedom Federation and the General Superintendents' Cabinet in the Assemblies of God.

His speaking presentations include the White House, Congress, Princeton, Yale, Promise Keepers, NAE, Battle Cry, Liberty University, TBN, Univision, CNN, Fox News, ABC, NPR, Ebenezer Baptist Church, MLK Celebration, and many others.

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.

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.

An award winning writer, Rodriguez writes and contributes to world recognized publications such as Ministries Today, Enrichment Journal, The Washington Post, and Newsweek's "On Faith" Panel, as well as Outreach magazine, Vida Cristiana, Charisma, Christianity Today, Yale Reflections, and others.

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. CNN named the Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, "The leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement." The Wall Street Journal identified him as one of America's seven most influential Hispanic leaders, and the only religious leader on the list. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle described Samuel as one of the six leaders of the New Evangelical Leadership. Charisma Magazine identifies Rev. Rodriguez as America's most influential Spirit-filled Christian leader in the political sphere. By God's grace, Rev. Rodriguez stands as one of America's leading Christian voices.

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, Calif., where he lives with his wife of 22 years, Eva, and their three children.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014

Contact:

Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424


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