The LPB is honored to present as our keynote speaker for 2018 a man whose name has appeared among the many lists of influencers in America which have recognized his impact across religious communities.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the organization recognized and identified by Time Magazine, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, Charisma Magazine, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, Fox News, CNN, and a number of additional media outlets, publications, and periodicals as America’s largest and most influential Hispanic/Latino Christian organization with 40,118 certified member churches in the United States and in covenant relationship with ministries and churches in Latin America.

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
#1 Bestseller author L.A. Times – "Be Light"

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.

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.

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.

Rodriguez is the 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.

Rodriguez 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 author, Rodriguez 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). Rodriguez 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.

The SJC Leadership Prayer Breakfast
For more than a quarter century, the SJC Leadership Prayer Breakfast has hosted this premier event bringing personal stories of struggles, success, and inspiration from some of our nation’s most inspiring and influential Leaders.

Our Purpose
Reflecting on our community and nation reveals how vital a strong, virtuous, and ethical leadership is need to insure justice and domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty for our posterity and ourselves in times of peace and in times of uncertainty.

As Business, Civic Leaders, Pastors, and Citizens of San Joaquin County, you are the agents of change, the problem solvers, and our community’s greatest resource. We believe God has the answer and a plan for our future and to the overwhelming challenges all communities struggle with today. Our purpose is to change the heart of the community by helping change the heart of those in leadership. Through our speakers inspiring testimonies of faith, redemption, and restoration, we envision our community turning to God, as did our ancestors during America’s birth and in her most trying times.

Our Prayer
It is our prayer that this event and the messages delivered by our speakers, ordinary men and women who serve an extra-ordinary God, be received as a clarion call to reaffirm your faith in the overcoming power of Christ in all aspects of our lives, to serve as a reminder of the blessings HE has bestowed on ourselves, our families, and on this Great Nation. It is through this event and the spirit in which it was conceived that we would endeavor to inspire other communities to seek God’s wisdom and direction for their future as well.