Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
President of the NHCLC
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), 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.
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 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
No. 1 bestselling author of “Be Light” - L.A. Times 2016
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 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.
Rev. Saju John Mathew
Rev. Saju Mathew is an incredible Bible Teacher and a well renowned speaker originally from Kerala (India). He is the founder and director of “Jesus Mission India”. His powerful messages are widely distributed via social media and listened to by hundreds of thousands of people globally.
When Saju was in 12th grade, God spoke to him, urging him to start a magazine called, “Maruppacha”, which, In English, means “Oasis”. This magazine became one of the most renowned magazines among the Christian community in Kerala. As a college student, Mathew became an integral part in the founding of “Inter-Collegiate Prayer Fellowship (ICPF)”. After completing his studies in journalism, Saju concentrated on writing books and profoundly teaching the Bible. He is the author of "Penthakosthu Charitram", one of the most popular books about the history of Pentecostal movement in Kerala. He was able to be a part of “Doulos” of the Operation Mobilization team for a brief time.
In the early 90’s, Saju and his friend James John, were praying earnestly for North India. And in 1994, God spoke to them, showing a vision of a railway station in Damoh, Madhya-Pradesh. Upon this vision, they went as a team to Damoh and have been ministering there for the last 20 years. Currently, they have a strong, committed team of 120 people working together to fervently spread the word. In addition, Saju has been vigorously involved in mission work in Tanzania and East African countries, training pastors, and producing literature in native languages for the last 10 years. Every year, Saju spends 6 months in the African countries. Saju Mathew is married to Jessy Mathew, and has been blessed with three daughters.
Rev. David Nasser
Senior Vice President for Spiritual Development, Liberty University
David Nasser was born in Iran but left the country with his family at age 9 during the Iranian Revolution. After almost a year in exile, his family moved to America. At age 18, he rejected his Muslim heritage and became a Christian. As one of the nation’s forefront speakers, David speaks to over 700,000 people each year using his God-given ability to reach the high tech, attention-lacking culture of Generation Next. The heart-cry of David’s ministry is to effectively present the same message, the Gospel of Christ, using fresh, post-modern methods.
Before coming to Liberty, he founded D. Nasser Outreach and Christ City Church near Birmingham, Ala., where he served as lead pastor.
In 2014, God introduced a new chapter into David’s life - overseeing Liberty University’s Office of Spiritual Development, including Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of young people, LU Send, LU Serve, LU Shepherd, LU Stages, the Worship Collective and the Office of Online Engagement. He oversees a team that advances Liberty’s mission by strengthening the theological foundation of the student body and its leaders through gatherings such as Convocation and Campus Community. He steers the discipleship process of seeing students come to Christ and grow in their faith and will mobilize students and faculty to reach the world for Christ through the global studies degree program, humanitarian efforts, church planting, and cohesive ministry partnerships.
Bro. Mohan C Lazarus
Evangelist Mohan C. Lazarus is a world renowned Evangelist, particularly in the Tamil Body of Christ and his name is one that is highly respected and honored amongst every Tamil Christians and Tamil churches worldwide (about 100,000 churches in 70 countries)!
His Crusade attracts 100,000 or more people, and his preaching is followed by signs and wonders! His monthly PRAYER GATHERING in his home town Nalumavadi, Tamil Nadu, South India attracts 45,000 people approximately! The circulation of Jesus Redeems monthly magazine is over 350,000 published in Tamil, English, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi. He is a strong proponent of local churches and is highly committed to working alongside pastors and local churches.
He has a strong passion to see every local church grow to several thousands. He is an ardent supporter of mission initiatives, and supports many indigenous mission agencies within India.
Dr. Finny Kuruvilla
Dr. Kuruvilla is the founder and a current board member of Sattler College, a Christian college located in downtown Boston.
Dr. Kuruvilla has been a practicing Christian for many years. He has a keen interest in biblical interpretation and church history, for the purpose of fostering a strong and vibrant church today. Periods that he has spent time on include ante-Nicene Christianity, Reformation and Anabaptist history, and the Great Awakenings of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. He is the author of King Jesus Claims His Church and Kingdom Road: Learning to Walk with God.
Dr. Kuruvilla holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, a PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from Harvard University, a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree from Caltech in Chemistry. He serves as the Chief Investment Officer for Eventide Funds, lead Portfolio Manager on the Eventide Gilead Fund, and Portfolio Manager on the Eventide Healthcare & Life Sciences Fund. Concurrent with Eventide, he was a Principal at Clarus Ventures, a leading healthcare and life sciences venture capital firm. Prior to joining Eventide, Dr. Kuruvilla was a research fellow at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, a clinical fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston and a postdoctoral scientist at MIT.
Sis. Jessy Saju John
Sis. Jessy Saju John is the wife of Pastor Saju John Mathew. She served as a spiritual Counselor among university students in the state of Kerala from 1988 to 1994. In 1994, Sister Jessy began serving as a Counselor to Jesus Mission, and later became a mission leader to “Yeeshu Sangh” (AG churches in India). She is deeply involved in missions in Tanzania and other East African countries with her husband Reverend Saju John Mathew, teaching and counseling the perishing souls.
Sis. Maya Kumaradas
Sis Maya Kumaradas was born and brought up as a Hindu believer. She was serving as a Zoology Professor at S.N. College in Kollam, married to Mr. Sivakumar a Charted Accountant and has two children. Sister Sivakumar went through many trials with her family for over thirteen years. In 1999, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and is now serving God with her husband Pastor Sivakumar, pioneering a church called Children of God ministries in Kollam. Her living testimony through Christ is giving hope and strength to many believers and non-believers
Sis. Saudha Suresh
Sister Saudha Suresh was born and brought up as a Muslim believer. Due to the financial struggle at home, she was not able to go further studies after her pre-degree and moved on to do tailoring and other work. She thought money will bring peace and comfort to the family but, brought more distress and she has decided to end her life by overdosing. Sister Saudha went through many difficulties with her family as a child and had later given her life to Christ to have a meaningful and a purposeful life. In 1990, she has taken water baptism at PMG church, Nalanchira, Trivandrum. She has gone to Kuwait in 1995 for work and later married to Suresh Kundoor a Hindu convert and together they are attending the IPC Kuwait Church with their child Sneha. She is currently teaching Arabic language to the children in Kuwait. Her living testimony through Christ is giving hope and strength to many Muslim friends and other believers around many countries.