In April 2015 Iowa Pastor Terry Amann met privately with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. In less than one year from becoming president, Trump successfully helped release Pastor Saeed who had been languishing in an Iranian prison, keeping his promise to a request Amann made when they first met.
Two conspiracy theorists allegedly harassed Pastor Frank Pomeroy as he pulled up to the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas Monday morning. Pastor Pomeroy was not present when a gunman opened fire on the church in October, killing twenty-six people, including Pomeroy’s daughter.
For most pastors, the beginning of a new year is filled with the promise of youth programs, baptisms, and marriages. Instead, Pastor Andrew Brunson — Presbyterian cleric in Turkey, American citizen, and pawn in an international game of hostage diplomacy — is spending it in a Turkish jail.
The suspension of a popular evangelical university chaplain has highlighted tensions over same-sex marriage in a growing Protestant denomination that forbids it but also takes pride in its willingness to allow congregants to hold opinions contrary to church doctrine.
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