Pastor Samuel Rodriguez discusses his role as an author, movie producer, presidential advisor and a pastor in California, where he leads a diverse, multi-ethnic church focused on biblical orthodoxy and social engagement. He shares his faith journey and also highlights the growth and influence of the Latino Christian community in the United States and the unique perspective they bring by embracing both the vertical (relationship with God) and horizontal (service to others) aspects of the faith.

When you are driven by annointing rather than ambition, then nothing can stop you.

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez


Pastor Samuel Rodriguez


Samuel Rodriguez, lead pastor of New Season, one of America’s most influential mega churches according to Newsmax, is the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, one of the world’s largest Christian organizations. Rodriguez stands recognized by CNN, FOX News, Univision and Telemundo as America’s most influential Latino/Hispanic faith leader.

Charisma magazine named him one of the 40 leaders who changed the world. The Wall St. Journal named him one of the top 12 Latino leaders and he was the only faith leader on that list. He has been named among the “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America” (Newsmax 2018) and nominated as one of the “100 most influential people in the world” (TIME 2013).  

Rodriguez has advised Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump. He is the first Hispanic American to have participated in two different Presidential inauguration ceremonies. In 2009 he read from the gospel of Saint Luke at President Barack Obama’s inaugural prayer service at St. John’s Episcopal church and in 2017 on the Capitol steps before a global viewing audience, Pastor Sam, read and prayed from the gospel of Matthew, concluding with “in the name of Jesus”.

He is the best-selling author of 12 books including “Be Light” “Persevere with Power” and “Your Mess, God’s Miracle”. In addition, he is the executive producer of three films including BREAKTHROUGH and FLAMIN HOT currently streaming on Disney plus. Rodriguez is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Congress of Racial Equality. As a societal architect and a cultural reformer, Samuel lives to glorify and magnify the name of Jesus.