Samuel Rodriguez was born in the United States on September 29, 1969. He grew up in a Christian family and became interested in ministry early on. He went to Lehigh University and got a bachelor’s degree, then studied theology and earned a Master’s degree.
When he was 16, Rodriguez gave his first sermon and became a well-known evangelical preacher. In 1992, he became an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God. In 2000, he started the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC/CONEL), the biggest Hispanic Evangelical Christian group globally. The organization connects over 40,000 Latino Evangelical churches and supports Latino leaders in the Christian community.
In 2006, Rodriguez joined the board of the National Association of Evangelicals.
Samuel Rodriguez is married to Eva Rodriguez, and they have three children. His family plays a significant role in his life and ministry, providing support in his various activities.
His daughter, Yvonne, is married to Marthel Aleman, and together they have three children.
Rodriguez is well-known for leading the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the biggest Hispanic Christian organization globally. Since 2000, he has been the president of NHCLC, working to support the interests of Hispanic evangelicals and getting involved in various social and political matters.
As a powerful speaker, Rodriguez has made a significant impact in both Christian and political circles, discussing issues like immigration reform, religious freedom, and social justice.
Rodriguez is a prominent figure in the Hispanic evangelical community, playing key roles in the White House and the NHCLC. He served as an advisor to Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump. Rodriguez was even invited to deliver an invocation at Donald Trump’s inauguration, where he discussed immigration reform with Trump administration officials.
He urged President Trump to reconsider suspending the refugee resettlement program, emphasizing its importance for oppressed individuals. Rodriguez’s discussions at the White House contributed to the creation of the First Step Act. He also signed an amicus brief on behalf of NHCLC, which was cited in the Dobbs v. Jackson case.
Apart from his leadership roles, Rodriguez is a prolific author, writing numerous books on faith, leadership, and the Church’s role in today’s society. Some of his notable works include “Be Light,” “You Are Next,” and “Shake Free.”
“Be Light” debuted at number one on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List in June 2016, while “You Are Next,” published in 2019, became a best-seller according to Publishers Weekly.
His 2021 release, “Persevere with Power,” made it to the ECPA’s Christian Bestsellers Lists in both English and Spanish, reaching #20 on the ECPA’s January 2022 Christian New Releases.
In April 2023, Rodriguez released his latest book, “Your Mess, God’s Miracle: The Process Is Temporary, the Promise Is Permanent,” which debuted at #15 on ECPA’s July 2023 Christian New Releases.
Rodriguez also served as the executive producer for the 20th Century Fox film “Breakthrough,” which received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song and won a GMA Dove Award for Inspirational Film of the Year.
In 2019, Rodriguez was announced as the executive producer for the Fox Searchlight film “Flamin Hot,” a true story about the man behind Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. The film, produced by DeVon Franklin and directed by Eva Longoria, broke streaming records within the first 3 days of release. Variety named “Flamin’ Hot” one of its best films of 2023, making it the first movie about a Hispanic person with a Hispanic producer, writer, director, and leading man and woman. It’s also the first faith-family movie streaming on both Disney+ and Hulu simultaneously.
Samuel Rodriguez net worth is not known. However, there are reports that suggested that he worth $250,000.
You can find Samuel Rodriguez on the below social media platforms:
- nstagram: @pastorsamuelrodriguez
- Facebook: Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
- YouTube: Samuel Rodriguez