Andrew and Norine Brunson celebrate third anniversary of return to U.S.

 

 October 13, 2021, marks the three-year anniversary of Andrew Brunson’s return to the United States from his two-year imprisonment in Turkey. An EPC Teaching Elder and longtime pastor in Turkey, Brunson was arrested in October 2016 and held imprisoned on terrorism charges until his release on October 13, 2018. He told his story in God’s […]

2022 Leadership Institute features Ed Stetzer, Vincent Bacote, Andrew Brunson, practical training workshops

 

 Ed Stetzer, Vincent Bacote, and Andrew Brunson highlight the slate of keynote speakers for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s seventh annual Leadership Institute. The Institute is a strategic component of the EPC’s 42nd General Assembly, to be held June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich. Bacote, Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for […]

Andrew Brunson to speak at March 5 virtual “Imprisoned for Christ” event

 

 On Friday, March 5, EPC Teaching Elder Andrew Brunson will be a featured speaker for the Voice of the Martyr’s “Imprisoned for Christ” virtual event. The free webcast begins at 6:30 p.m. (Central) and is scheduled to conclude at 10:00 p.m. (Central). Also featured will be Petr Jasek and Dan Baumann. A longtime pastor in […]

“In All Things” podcast episode 28 features 41st General Assembly Moderator Brad Strait

 

 Episode 28 of the EPC’s podcast, “In All Things,” features Brad Strait, Lead Pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colo., and Moderator of the 41st General Assembly. This week, host Dean Weaver and Strait look back on his year as Moderator of the Assembly, and peer into the future as Strait serves the […]

“In All Things” podcast episode 7 highlights EPC communications with Brian Smith

 

 Episode 7 of the EPC’s podcast, “In All Things,” features Brian Smith, EPC Director of Communications and Digital Strategies. This week, host Dean Weaver and Smith discuss how the Office of the General Assembly’s Communications Department serves the EPC. In addition, Smith recaps a chapter related to communicating EPC Teaching Elder Andrew Brunson’s two-year imprisonment […]

42nd General Assembly recordings available

 

 Video recordings of the 42nd General Assembly are available on the EPC website at http://www.epc.org/ga2022recordings. Included are the Leadership Institute plenary sessions, Church Health Workshop, worship service messages, select committee verbal reports, the nomination and election of Moderator Rosemary Lukens, and the nomination and election of Moderator-elect Joe Kim. The videos feature Vincent Bacote, Professor […]

Jeff Jeremiah elected Stated Clerk Emeritus, honored at celebration dinner with testimonies, RTS fellowship space

 

 The 41st General Assembly unanimously elected outgoing Stated Clerk Jeff Jeremiah as Stated Clerk Emeritus on June 25. Jeremiah served as Stated Clerk of the EPC since 2006 and retired from the role upon completion of his fifth three-year term in June 2021. “I am so very thankful that the Lord allowed me to serve […]

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 […]

Jesus Film executive to speak at GA World Outreach banquet

 

 Erick Schenkel, former Executive Director of the Jesus Film Project, will be the speaker for the World Outreach banquet on Tuesday, June 21, at the EPC’s 42nd General Assembly. The Assembly will be held June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich. Schenkel’s appearance is “great blessing” that resulted from an unforeseen scheduling conflict with […]

42nd General Assembly registration open

 

 Online registration for the 42nd General Assembly is now open. The Assembly meets June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich. The theme of this year’s annual meeting is “Recharge,” based on Acts 1:8. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and […]

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 […]

EPC pastors hold prominent roles at World Reformed Fellowship General Assembly

 

 Church and denominational leaders from the EPC held leading positions at the Sixth General Assembly of the World Reformed Fellowship (WRF) in October. The WRF meeting was held at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Fla., with the theme, “The Nature and Mission of the Church.” In noting that “the church is at the core of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2019 Leadership Institute, 39th General Assembly worship service recordings available

 

 Video recordings of the 39th General Assembly are available on the EPC website at http://www.epc.org/ga2019recordings. Included are the Leadership Institute plenary sessions, worship service speakers, and several permanent committee verbal reports. The videos feature Andrew and Norine Brunson; Doug Webster; Brad Strait, Lead Pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church (the Assembly host church); Léonce Crump […]