16 months post-prison: an interview with Andrew Brunson

 

 In October 2016, Andrew Brunson was arrested by Turkish authorities—along with tens of thousands of Turkish military personnel, civil servants, educators, journalists, and dissidents following a failed coup. Brunson, an EPC pastor of a small Protestant church in Izmir, became a pawn in a geopolitical chess game. He spent two years in a Turkish prison […]

Andrew Brunson offers U.S. Senate prayer on anniversary of release

 

 Andrew Brunson delivered the opening prayer for the United States Senate in Washington, D.C., on October 15. The EPC Teaching Elder’s prayer commemorated the one-year anniversary of his release from prison in Turkey and return to the United States. “I pray that you grant to the Senators of the United States the spirit of wisdom, the fear of […]

Andrew and Norine Brunson highlight Missio Nexus mission leaders conference

 

 EPC Teaching Elder Andrew Brunson and his wife, Norine, were among the featured speakers at the Missio Nexus “Future Mission” Mission Leaders Conference, held September 19-21 in Orlando, Fla. In a question-and-answer session, the Brunsons discussed their time in Turkey prior to their detainment on October 7, 2016, as well as their journey between October […]

GA worship speakers include Andrew Brunson, Léonce Crump, Brad Strait

 

 The EPC’s 39th General Assembly features a dynamic slate of worship service speakers. This year’s Assembly will be held June 18-21 at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in suburban Denver, Colo. Chris Piehl, Cherry Creek Pastor of Students and Families, will speak prior to the opening business session at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. Léonce […]

2019 Leadership Institute features practical ministry helps, Andrew Brunson, noted prayer author Doug Webster

 

 Andrew Brunson and Doug Webster are the keynote speakers for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s fifth annual Leadership Institute. The Institute is a strategic component of the EPC’s 39th General Assembly, to be held June 18-21 at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in suburban Denver, Colo. The theme of this year’s annual meeting is “Unstoppable,” based on […]

39th General Assembly planning continues, speakers include Andrew and Norine Brunson

 

 The 39th General Assembly will be held at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colo., June 18-21, 2019. The theme of this year’s Assembly is “Unstoppable” based on Jesus’ admonition in Matthew 7:7 to “keep on asking…keep on seeking…keep on knocking.” Jeff Jeremiah, EPC Stated Clerk, said the theme has multiple applications to the EPC in […]

Andrew and Norine Brunson to attend State of the Union address

 

 EPC Teaching Elder Andrew Brunson and his wife, Norine, will attend the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., on February 5. The North Carolina natives will be guests of U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). Tillis worked to help secure the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was held in Turkey for two years on […]

Goal reached for Andrew Brunson recuperation fund

 

 Editor’s note: This article replaces an earlier version that contained potentially sensitive information. As of January 2, the goal for the EPC’s “Welcome Back, Andrew!” Fund has been met. Donations to the fund will be used to assist Andrew and Norine Brunson in their recovery from their ordeal in Turkey. The Brunsons returned to the […]

WORLD Magazine names Andrew Brunson its 2018 “Daniel of the Year”

 

 Andrew Brunson has been named the WORLD Magazine “Daniel of the Year” for 2018. The publication gives the annual award to an individual who exhibits bravery in defense of God’s authority by helping the persecuted. Brunson and his wife, Norine, were missionaries and church planters in Turkey for 23 years prior to his arrest on […]

Fund established for Andrew Brunson recuperation/recovery

 

 The EPC has established a fund to assist Andrew and Norine Brunson in their recovery from their two-year ordeal in Turkey. Andrew will serve as Missionary-in-Residence at Christ Community Church in Montreat, N.C., for one year, and gifts to the fund—dubbed the “Welcome Back, Andrew! Fund”—will be sent to the church to finance the position. […]

Brunsons leave Turkey, to have Oval Office meeting with President

 

 Andrew and Norine Brunson left Turkey on a military aircraft late on October 12, local time. They are expected to arrive at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 13, after a stop at the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. The Brunsons are expected to then go to the White House for […]

Administration, others celebrate Andrew Brunson release

 

 President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and others took to social media to celebrate the release of Andrew Brunson on October 12. Brunson was convicted by a Turkish court on terrorism charges and sentenced to 37 months in prison. The judge reduced his sentence to two years for good behavior, […]

RELEASED! Andrew Brunson convicted but released on time served; return to U.S. expected soon

 

 A Turkish court lifted the house arrest and international travel ban against EPC Teaching Elder Andrew Brunson on October 12, while sentencing him to 3 years, 1 month, and 15 days on charges that he assisted the Fethullah Gülen organization. The Turkish government blames Gülen for the failed July 2016 coup attempt and considers the […]

Pray for Andrew Brunson

 

 by William P. (Bill) Campbell It was July 18, 2018. I sat in the cavernous Aliağa courtroom in Western Turkey, watching Andrew Brunson boldly testify to the gospel of salvation and forgive the Turkish officials for persecuting him without cause. It was a message that needed to be heard by everyone, I thought. I was […]

EPC issues Call for Prayer and Fasting ahead of October 12 Andrew Brunson hearing

 

 The trial of Andrew Brunson, EPC Teaching Elder imprisoned in Turkey since October 2016, resumes on Friday, October 12. In an effort to stand with and pray for the Brunson family, the EPC is issuing a Call to Prayer and Fasting for the week of October 8. “Recent speculation in the media that Andrew could […]

Senators, Administration, religious freedom council applaud Turkey court ruling as Brunson leaves prison for house arrest

 

 In response to a Turkish court’s ruling July 25 to release Andrew Brunson from prison to house arrest, officials in Washington, D.C., have issued statements supporting the decision. Senators James Lankford (R-Okla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) issued a joint statement in which they called the move a “step in the right direction.” […]