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Samuel Rodriguez

Reverend Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization serving as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic evangelicals assembled in over 40,188 U.S. churches and over 450,000 churches spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora.

An award-winning author, Rodriguez contributes to world-renowned publications such as The Washington Post, Outreach magazine, Ministry Today, Vida Cristiana, Christianity Today and others. He is also the author of The Lamb’s Agenda, Path of Miracles and Be Light: Shining God’s Beauty, Truth, and Hope in a Darkened World — which made #1 on the Los Angeles Times Bestsellers list.

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, Calif., where he resides with his wife, Eva, and their three children.

Welcome to Biola University’s Spring Commencement, and congratulations to you who are graduating for finishing well. Today is a culmination of years of hard work and perseverance, which no doubt included valleys and mountaintops. Today is also a commencement of something new. The world needs what you have to give, equipped in mind and character to make a difference for the cause of the Gospel. May the relationships that have been formed, the wisdom you have gained and the knowledge that has been imparted stand you in good stead in the years ahead. Each one of you has been a special gift of God to Biola University and our prayers go with you as you take this important step in your journey.

—Dr. Barry Corey

Biola University is a private Christian university located in Southern California. For nearly 100 years, Biola has stood out as an institution grounded on biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development, and career preparation, where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians.

The mission of Biola University is biblically centered education, scholarship and service—equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

With more than 145 academic programs through its eight schools, Biola offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D.