Samuel Rodriguez lives for the purpose of reconciling the vertical and horizontal elements of the Christian message; sanctification with service, righteousness with justice, truth with love, the image of God with the habits of Christ, orthodoxy with orthopraxy, faith with fruit, rhetoric with action, conviction with compassion and holiness with humility.
Born to bible believing parents who migrated from Puerto Rico, Rodriguez grew with a strong affinity towards mathematics. A self- described evangelical trekkie. Rodriguez also grew inspired by Billy Graham and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His ministry career began at the age of 14 with great God ordained favor catapulting him as one of the preeminent speakers of his generation by the age of 20.
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez founded New Season Christian Worship Center on September 12, 2010. After preaching at The Potter’s House with Bishop TD Jakes the previous month, Pastor Rodriguez felt led by the Holy Spirit to plant a Christ-centered, bible-based, Spirit-empowered, multi-ethnic, trans-generational congregation in the capitol city of America’s largest state, Sacramento, California.
In addition, Dr. Samuel Rodriguez serves as the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL, the World’s largest Hispanic Christian organization representing millions of born again Christ followers via 40,118 certified member churches while serving over 450,000 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 the leading Christian voice for Latino Christians and one of the leading voices within the collective church, reconciling a platform of righteousness and justice, including CNN, Fox, NBC and Telemundo, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle and Charisma Magazine, to name a few.
Along with his wife, Eva, Rev Rodriguez was the recipient of the 2015 Rosa Parks Courage Award. In 2016 he was awarded the Defenders of Freedom award by the King Family.
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 Español, 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, National Association of Evangelicals, Empowered21, PCCNA, Liberty 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 Doctorates from The Baptist Universities of The Americas and Northwest University. He is an Assemblies of God Ordained Minister since the age of 23. He resides in Sacramento with his wife of 26 years, Eva, and their three children, and two grand-children.