Influential Signatories

Our national immigration laws have created a moral, economic and political crisis in America. Initiatives to remedy this crisis have led to polarization and name calling in which opponents have misrepresented each other’s positions as open borders and amnesty versus deportations of millions. This false choice has led to an unacceptable political stalemate at the federal level at a tragic human cost. We urge our nation’s leaders to work together with the American people to pass immigration reform that embodies these key principles and that will make our nation proud. As evangelical Christian leaders, we call for a bipartisan solution on immigration that:

  • Respects the God-given dignity of every person
  • Protects the unity of the immediate family
  • Respects the rule of law
  • Guarantees secure national borders
  • Ensures fairness to taxpayers
  • Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents
Heads of the Evangelical Immigration Table
    • Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals
    • Stephan Bauman, President and CEO, World Relief
    • David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
    • Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association
    • Shirley Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
    • Russell D. Moore, President, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
    • Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
    • Mathew Staver, Chairman and Founder, Liberty Counsel
    • Richard Stearns, President, World Vision U.S.

    • Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners
Heads and Former Heads of Evangelical Denominations
    • Randall A. Bach, President, Open Bible Churches
    • Gary M. Benedict, Former President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance, United States
    • Joel Boot, Former Executive Director, Christian Reformed Church of North America
    • Ed Boschman, Executive Director, U.S. Mennonite Brethren
    • Mac Brunson, Past President, Southern Baptist Convention
    • Eugénio Duarte, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
    • Robert Duncan, Archbishop Emeritus, Anglican Church in North America
    • Jim Eschenbrenner, General Council Secretary, Christian Union
    • Ronnie Floyd, President, Southern Baptist Convention
    • Jack Graham, Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
    • David Graves, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
    • William J. Hamel, President, Evangelical Free Church of America
    • Bruce Hill, Bishop, Evangelical Congregational Church
    • Bill Hossler, President, The Missionary Church
    • Ken Hunn, Executive Director, The Brethren Church
    • Johnny Hunt, Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
    • Steven R. Jones, President, The Missionary Church, Inc.
    • David E. Jeffrey, National Commander, The Salvation Army
    • David W. Kendall, Bishop, Free Methodist Church–USA
    • Fred Luter, Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
    • Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church
    • James Merritt, Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
    • Rob McCleland, Executive Director, North American Baptist Conference
    • Jesse Middendorf, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
    • Suzii Paynter, Executive Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
    • Jerry D. Porter, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
    • Phil Strout, National Director, Vineyard USA
    • John Stumbo, President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance, United States
    • Steve Timmermans, Executive Director, Christian Reformed Church of North America
    • Joseph Tkach, President and Pastor General, Grace Communion International
    • Stan Toler, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
    • Berten Waggoner, Former National Director, Vineyard USA
    • Gary Walter, President, The Evangelical Covenant Church
    • J.K. Warrick, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
    • Bobby Welch, Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
    • Phil Whipple, Bishop, United Brethren in Christ
    • Mark Williams, General Overseer, Church of God (Cleveland, TN)
    • George Wood, General Superintendent, General Council of the Assemblies of God
    • Bryant Wright, Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
Leaders of Evangelical Organizations
    • Alan Andrews, Former US Director, Navigators
    • Scott Arbeiter, Board Chair, World Relief
    • Matthew Ayers, Executive Director, Dream Centers of Colorado Springs
    • Leroy Barber, President, Mission Year
    • Paul Cedar, Chair and CEO, Mission America Coalition
    • Jim Daly, President and CEO, Focus on the Family
    • Kit Danley, President, Neighborhood Ministries
    • Jude DelHierro, Executive Director, Confluence Ministries
    • Mark DeYmaz, Executive Director, Mosaix Global Network
    • Kevin Ezell, President, North American Mission Board
    • Daniel F. Flores, President, Sociedad Wesleyana
    • Jose L. Gonzalez, Founder and President, Semilla, Inc.
    • Wayne Gordon, Chairman and President, Christian Community Development Association
    • Alec Hill, President and CEO, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
    • Benjamin Homan, President, John Stott Ministries/Langham Partnership
    • Gregory C.V. Johnson, President and Founder, Standing Together
    • Richard Land, President Emeritus, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

    • Jim Liske, CEO, Prison Fellowship Ministries
    • Douglas Livingston, President, Camino Global
    • Alejandro Mandes, Director of Hispanic Ministries, Evangelical Free Church
    • Jim Mellado, President, Willow Creek Association
    • Jesse Miranda, Chief Executive Director, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
    • Steve Moore, President, Missio Nexus
    • Doug Nuenke, President, Navigators
    • Don Osman, President, Lead Global
    • Kevin Palau, President, Luis Palau Association
    • Luis Palau, Founder and CEO, Luis Palau Association
    • Josue del Risco, National Coordinator, Church Mobilization Group, North American Mission Board
    • Mike Rolfes, Executive Director, Renew Chicago
    • Rick Ryan, Convoy of Hope
    • Jim Sautner, National Director, Destino
    • Doug Seebeck, Executive Director, Partners Worldwide
    • Ronald J. Sider, President, Evangelicals for Social Action
    • Ed Stetzer, President, Lifeway Research
    • T.V. Thomas, Chair, Ethnic America Network
    • Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
    • Luis Villareal, Executive Director, Save Our Youth
    • Barbara Williams-Skinner, Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network
    • Ken Wytsma, Founder, The Justice Conference
Leaders of Evangelical Universities and Seminaries
    • Danny Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Jason Allen, President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Mark Bailey, President, Dallas Theological Seminary
    • Jay Barnes, President, Bethel University
    • David Black, President, Eastern University
    • Dan Boone, President, Trevecca Nazarene University
    • Bill Brown, President, Cedarville University
    • Joseph Castleberry, President, Northwest University
    • Andrea Cook, President, Warner Pacific College
    • David Dockery, President, Trinity International University/Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
    • Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
    • Erik Hoekstra, President, Dordt College
    • Dennis Hollinger, President, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
    • John Jackson, President, William Jessup University
    • Mark Labberton, President, Fuller Theological Seminary
    • Michael Le Roy, President, Calvin College
    • Gordon MacDonald, Chancellor, Denver Seminary
    • Dan Martin, President, Seattle Pacific University
    • Corlis McGee, President, Eastern Nazarene College
    • Jul Medenblik,  President, Calvin Theological Seminary
    • Richard J. Mouw, President, Fuller Theological Seminary
    • Shirley Mullen, President, Houghton College
    • Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Philip Ryken, President, Wheaton College
    • Elizabeth Rudenga, Interim President, Trinity Christian College
    • Joseph Stowell, President, Cornerstone University
    • Carla Sunberg, President, Nazarene Theological Seminary
    • Timothy Tennent, President, Asbury Seminary
    • Paul de Vries, President, New York Divinity School
    • David Wright, President, Indiana Wesleyan University
    • Mark Young, President, Denver Seminary
Evangelical Journalists, Authors, Artists, Business and Thought Leaders
    • Cheryl Broetje, Vista Hermosa Foundation
    • Dr. Don Buckley, Physician, Pensacola, FL
    • Victor G. Carrillo, President and Chief Operating Officer, Zion Oil and Gas
    • Shane Claiborne, Author and Activist
    • Andy Crouch, Author and Editor-at-Large, Christianity Today
    • Margaret Feinberg, Author and Speaker
    • John Fuder, Author
    • Art Gay, Minister-at-Large, Evangelical Initiatives International
    • Troy and Sara Groves, Musicians
    • Gary Kinnaman, Grace Unlimited
    • Jonathan Merritt, Faith & Culture Writer
    • David Neff, Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today
    • Shauna Niequist, Author
    • John Perkins, Founder, Christian Community Development Association
    • Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Author
    • Malcolm Yarnell, Editor of the Southwestern Journal of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Other Denominational and Network Leaders
    • Paul Borthwick, Senior Consultant, Development Associates International
    • Eddie Broussard, Sr. Vice President, Navigators
    • Walter Contreras, La Red de Pastores del Sur de California
    • Kimberly Dirmann, Supervisor, Foursquare Southwest District
    • Jose Garcia, State Overseer, California, Church of God of Prophecy
    • Lydia Gonzalez D’Ross, Oklahoma Director, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
    • Jorge Fuentes, President & Founder, La Red de Oracion USA
    • Jeff Johnson, Executive Director, Mile High Ministries
    • Jack Lumanog, Canon to the Archbishop and Chief Operating Officer, Anglican Church in North America
    • Frank Lyons, Assistant Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, Anglican Church in North America
    • Robert Mills, Executive Director, Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists
    • René Molina, Pastor Principal, Iglesias de Restauración/ELIM, Southern California
    • Carl Nelson, President, Transform Minnesota
    • Rogelio Ovalle, Superintendent, Council of Assemblies of God Northern Pacific Latin American District
    • Jim Richards, Executive Director, Southern Baptist of Texas Convention, Grapevine
    • Jesse Rincones, President, Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas
    • Dennis J. Rivera, District Superintendent, Council of Assemblies of God Central District
    • David Warren, State Representative, Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches
    • David Warren, Executive Director, Open Door Ministries
    • Rev. Janie Wead-Mobley, Director Hispanic Project, Assemblies of God U.S. Mission
    • Jim Wideman, Executive Director, Baptist Convention of New England
Pastors
    • Adan Aguirre, Senior Pastor, Impacto de Fe (Arvada, CO)
    • Kenton Beshore, Senior Pastor, Mariners Church (Irvine, CA)
    • Stuart and Jill Briscoe, Ministers at Large, Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI)
    • Rob Bugh, Senior Pastor, Wheaton Bible Church (West Chicago, IL)
    • Felix Cabrera, Hispanic Pastor, Quail Springs Baptist Church (Oklahoma City, OK)
    • Tim Celek, Lead Pastor, The Crossing (Costa Mesa, CA)
    • Matt Carter, Lead Pastor, Austin Stone Community Church (Austin, TX)
    • Matt Chandler, Senior Pastor, The Village Church/President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network (Fort Worth, TX)
    • Jackson Crum, Lead Pastor, Park Community Church (Chicago, IL)
    • Dharius Daniels, Founder and Senior Pastor, Kingdom Church (Ewing, NJ)
    • Alberto Delgado, Founder and Senior Pastor, Alpha & Omega Church (Miami, FL)
    • Jerry Dirmann, Founder and Senior Pastor, The Rock (Anaheim, CA)
    • Scott Dudley, Senior Pastor, Bellevue Presbyterian Church (Bellevue, WA)
    • Joe Duke, Founder and Senior Pastor, LifePoint Church (Baltimore, MD)
    • Tony Evans, Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship (Dallas, TX)
    • Dave Ferguson, Lead Pastor, Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL)
    • David Fleming, Pastor, Champion Forest Baptist Church (Houston, TX)
    • Mark Fuller, Senior Pastor, Grove City Church of the Nazarene (Grove City, OH)
    • David Galvan, Pastor, Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida (Dallas, TX)
    • Danny Garrido, Pastor, The Crossing Church (Colorado Springs, CO)
    • Jose Gonzalez, Pastor, Harvest Bible Church (Phoenix, AZ)
    • Dave Gibbons, Senior Pastor and Founder, Newsong Church and Xealots (Irvine, CA)
    • Jack Graham, Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church (Plano, TX)
    • J.D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church (Durham, NC)
    • Philip Griffin, Senior Pastor, Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI)
    • Juan Guillén, Pastor, Willow Creek Casa de Luz, Willow Creek Community Church, (South Barrington, IL)
    • Cynthia Hale, Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian Church (Decatur, GA)
    • Steve Harling, Lead Pastor, Foothills Community Church (Arvada, CO)
    • Michael Hidalgo, Pastor, Denver Community Church (Denver, CO)
    • Spike Hogan, Senior Pastor, Chet’s Creek Church (Jacksonville, FL)
    • Michael Housholder, Senior Pastor, Lutheran Church of Hope (West Des Moines, IA)
    • Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed (Longwood, FL)
    • Bill and Lynne Hybels, Founders, Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL)
    • Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church (Dallas, TX)
    • John Jenkins, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Glenarden (Glenarden, MD)
    • Wilfredo de Jesus, Senior Pastor, New Life Covenant Church (Chicago, IL)
    • Tyler Johnson, Lead Pastor, Redemption Church (Phoenix, AZ)
    • Lee de Leon, Executive Pastor, Templo Calvario (Los Angeles, CA)
    • Nick Lilo, Lead Pastor, Waterstone Community Church (Littleton, CO)
    • Crawford Loritts, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church (Roswell, GA)
    • Max Lucado, Minister of Preaching, Oak Hills Church (San Antonio, TX)
    • Troy Jackson, Senior Pastor, University Christian Church (Cincinnati, OH)
    • Mark Jobe, Lead Pastor, New Life Community Church (Chicago, IL)
    • Rigo Magaña, Senior Pastor, New Hope Christian Fellowship (Greeley, CO)
    • Eliacib Marquez, Pastor, Nuevo Pacto Centro Cristiano (Denver, CO)
    • Tom Melton, Pastor, Greenwood Community (Greenwood Village, CO)
    • Dave McDowell, Senior Pastor, Community Fellowship Church (West Chicago, IL)
    • Kevin McGinley, Pastor, South Gate (Ft. Collins, CO)
    • James Merritt, Lead Pastor, Cross Pointe Church (Duluth, GA)
    • Rich Nathan, Senior Pastor, Vineyard Columbus (Columbus, OH)
    • Carlos Ortiz, Founder and Senior Pastor, Cristo Vive Churches (Miami, FL)
    • Daniel Prieto, Pastor, Foursquare Church (San Antonio, TX)
    • Dennis Rivera, Pastor, Central District Assemblies of God (Denver, CO)
    • Bob Roberts, Senior Pastor, NorthWood Church (Keller, TX)
    • Alan Robinson, Senior Pastor, Carlisle Brethren in Christ Church (Carlisle, PA)
    • Hanibal Rodriguez, Lead Pastor, Iglesia del Pueblo (West Chicago, IL)
    • Mike Romberger, Senior Pastor, Mission Hills Church (Littleton, CO)
    • Randall Ross, Senior Pastor, Calvary Church (Naperville, IL)
    • Chris Schutte, Senior Pastor, Christ Church Anglican (Phoenix, AZ)
    • Kerry and Chris Shook, Founding Pastors, Woodlands Church (Woodlands, TX)
    • S.E. Silva, Pastor, Globeville Community Church (Denver, CO)
    • Michelle Swanson, Associate, First Pres Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO)
    • Jim Tolle, Senior Pastor, La Iglesia En El Camino (Los Angeles, CA)
    • David Uth, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church (Orlando, FL)
    • Joseito Valasquez, Pastor, Healing Waters Family Center (Wheat Ridge, CO)
    • Phil Vaughn, Lead Pastor, Southeast Christian Church (Parker, CO)
    • Jim Walters, Senior Pastor, Bear Valley Church (Lakewood, CO)
    • Greg Waybright, Senior Pastor, Lake Avenue Church (Pasadena, CA)
    • Chris Williamson, Senior Pastor and Founder, Strong Tower Bible Church (Franklin, TN)
    • Sandy Willson, Senior Minister, Second Presbyterian Church (Memphis, TN)
    • Dave Workman, Senior Pastor, Vineyard Cincinnati Church (Cincinnati, OH)
    • Paul Zink, Pastor, New Life Christian Fellowship (Jacksonville, FL)
    • John Zivojinovic, Senior Pastor, Grace Chapel (Englewood, CO)
Other Evangelical Academic Leaders
    • M. Daniel Carroll, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Denver Seminary
    • Lamar Cooper, Senior Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology, Criswell College
    • William Dembski, Research Professor of Philosophy, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Michael Emerson, Professor of Sociology, Rice University
    • David Gushee, Director, Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University
    • Robin Hadaway, Vice President for Institutional Initiatives, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Dan Heimbach, Senior Professor of Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Steve Lemke, Provost, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Juan Francisco Martínez, Associate Provost, Fuller Theological Seminary
    • Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
    • C. Ben Mitchell, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University
    • Tom Parker, Director, Fuller Seminary Southwest
    • Phil Roberts, Former President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Daniel Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Pepperdine University
    • Daniel Sanchez, Professor of Missions, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Will Stoller-Lee, Director, Fuller Theological Seminary
    • Walker Tzeng, Chief Operating Officer, Olivet University
    • Wilmer Villacorta, Assistant Professor, Fuller Theological Seminary

(Titles and institutions are provided for identification purposes only and do not constitute endorsements by those institutions)

 

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