BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The following Evangelical leaders have accepted to serve on our Board of Directors: Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, Chairman of the Board, Pastor Mario Bramnick, President, Dr. Jurgen Buehler, Executive Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Ricardo Luna, President of CONEL, Mat Staver, President of Liberty Counsel, Susan Michael, U.S. Director for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Pastor Tony Suarez, Vice President of Chapters NHCLC, Pastor William Hernandez, International Vice President of the Pentecostals Church of God, Willem Griffioen, Executive Director of Israel Allies Federation, Pastor Fermin Garcia, Christian Unity Group of Mexico, Robert Nicholson, Philos Project Executive Director, Ruben Mendez, Director, NHCLC and Fernando Guillen, ICAL’s Continental Facilitator for Latin America, Rev. Eve Nunez, President National Latina/Latino Commission and Dr. Robert Stearns, Founder and Executive Director of Eagles’ Wings.
Richard Luna was born in Ecuador and currently lives in Florida (USA).
Ricardo Luna is Executive Director of NHCLC/CONEL. He ministered with the church under conflict and persecution for 23 years as the Latin American Director for the ministry of Open Doors.
He founded Oasis Life International, and is the current Latin American Director for Book of Hope International.
Mathew Staver is the Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and also serves as Dean and Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law. He has the highest AV rating given to attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell and is board certified in Appellate Practice.
Liberty Counsel is a national nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization. Established in 1989, Liberty Counsel has offices in Florida, Virginia, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Liberty Counsel also has hundreds of affiliate attorneys throughout the country.
Mr. Staver holds a Bachelor’s, a Master’s, a Juris Doctorate, Doctorate of Law and Doctorate of Divinity degrees. He has written ten books, most of which focus on constitutional law, including the most comprehensive book ever written on religious freedom called, Eternal Vigilance: Knowing and Protecting Your Religious Rights. He has published hundreds of articles on constitutional law. As a former pastor and one of the nation’s preeminent constitutional attorneys, he frequently appears as a guest on national network and cable TV and radio programs and also appears in several thousand print articles each year.
Mr. Staver has argued in numerous state and federal courts across the country. He has more than 120 published legal court opinions. Mr. Staver has written numerous briefs before the United States Supreme Court and has argued twice before the High Court as lead counsel.
Rev. Tony Suárez serves as National Vice President of Chapters for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, America’s largest Hispanic evangelical association serving over 40,118 congregations in the United States and Puerto Rico. The NHCLC is the nation’s largest Hispanic Christian organization representing millions of Evangelicals and more than 40,000 U.S. Churches and seeks to reconcile evangelist Billy Graham’s message of salvation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march of prophetic activism through its “7 Directives” of Life, Family, Compassionate Evangelism, Stewardship, Justice, Education and Youth.
Suarez has represented the NHCLC and has been featured on Telemundo, Univision, Mundo Fox, NBC Latino and WGN Superstation, the Virginian Pilot, The Christian Post and other print media. He has represented the NHCLC before members of Congress, the White House and other events where the voice and participation of the NHCLC has been requested. This past January, Rev. Suarez was honored to be Congressman Luis Gutierrez’s guest to the Presidential State of the Union address.
He is author of the book “Use Me Lord”. (2012)
In 2007 he and his wife, Jessica, founded The Pentecostals of Norfolk Church in Virginia where they served as Senior Pastors until 2013. In January 2012, under the direction of Pastor Suarez the Norfolk Learning Center opened and serves as the only Hispanic community center in their region.
Currently Rev. Suarez is a frequent guest speaker at churches and events around the nation as well as outside the United States sharing the saving and healing message of the Lord Jesus Christ. For more information or to invite Pastor Tony to your event please visit www.tonysuarez.com
Tony, his wife Jessica, and their three children reside in Virginia.
Dr. Hernandez was born on May 9, 1955 in the town of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. His initial years of education where achieved between the states of New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Recint with a Bachelors degree in Science, Mechanical Engineering. Post graduate studies achieving a Masters degree in Christian Leadership from Liberty University, Virginia and a Doctorate degree in Theology fron Christian University, New Jersey.
Initiated pastoral experience in 1989 and during 25 years has lead several congregations, including being President of the Pentecostal Church of God, International Movement in the region of Puerto Rico. In his christian experience he has ocupied position such as President of the Board for the Mizpa Christian University. He lead the largest Pentecostal church Movement in the Island of Puerto Rico, Pentecostal Counsel Fraternity (FRAPE).
His actual position is Vice President, overseeing international regions in his denomination. Currently is the Vicepresident for the Carribean, NHCLC. He has written two books on christian leadership and is a routine column writer for the “Nuevo Dia” newspaper. Also has written articles for christian Magazines.
Worked 25 years in several Americas Corporations, mainly in the Pharmaceutical business, where he lead as President and General Manager of Dupont Pharmaceuticals and President of the Pharmaceutical Drug Association. His achievement were recognized and awarded in several occasions; PR 2000 Strategic Leadership Award, Summit Award in two occasions by Dupont Pharmaceuticals and Executive Vice-Presidents Award by Dupont Merck.
Married to Damaris Echevarria with three children; William, Sarai, David and two grandchildren; William Haniel and Ana Camila.
Willem Griffioen is a founding member and the Executive Director of the Israel Allies Foundation.
He has been active in Washington, D.C. for over a decade, working together with dozens of organizations advocating for the State of Israel. He has worked closely with the last three governments of Israel including the Prime Minister’s office, the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Ministry of Tourism.
Willem has spoken to audiences of Israel advocates, religious leaders, Congressmen and Parliamentarians at international conferences in the U.S., Europe, South America and in Israel.
Before helping found the IAF, Willem worked in England as the International Director of Development of Exobus, an aliyah non-profit organization based in the UK with branch offices around the world.
A born entrepreneur, Willem maintains multiple successful international business ventures. He graduated with distinction from the largest Christian University in the U.S., Liberty University, based in Lynchburg, Virginia. Willem is a native of northern Virginia and currently lives in Maryland with his wife and three children.
Fermin Garcia is Pastor at Unity Church Group in Tijuana, in Mexico; NHCLC Director, Activist, Entrepreneur and director of INSTE Mexico.
Pastor Garcia has had tremendous Christian ministry success in Mexico. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Garcia is an activist against pornography and has served as the Senior Pastor of Grupo Unidad Cristiana de Mexico (Christian Unity Group of Mexico) since 2006. With an active membership of 7,000-plus, Grupo Unidad has become one of the most influential representations of the evangelical movement in North West Mexico.
Pastor Garcia has been also instrumental in promoting the first anti-porn law in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico and is now working at the federal level to make it nationwide. He also serves as National Director of INSTE Bible College, a distance education program.
Robert W. Nicholson is the Executive director of The Philos Project in New York City where he works to promote positive Christian engagement with Israel and the wider Middle East. He holds a J.D. and M.A. (Middle Eastern History) from Syracuse University and a B.A. in Hebrew Studies from SUNY Binghamton.
Robert holds a BA in Hebrew Studies from SUNY Binghamton, and a JD and MA (Middle Eastern history) from Syracuse University.
A former U.S. Marine and a 2012-2013 Tikvah Fellow, he has published articles in the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, Mosaic, Canon & Culture, and Syracuse Journal of International Law & Commerce. An avid student of history, Robert’s heroes include Hugo Grotius, Roger Williams, and Frederick Douglass.
Pastor Ruben Mendez is the Director and Pastor of Iglesia Cornerstone, a thriving, Spanish Speaking church located in San Antonio under the covering of Cornerstone Church and John Hagee Ministries. Pastor Mendez can be heard on Radio Luz 1160 AM and La Once Treinta 1130 AM, Monday – Friday 9-10a.m.
Pastor Mendez received his theological training at Fountain Gate Bible College. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanitarianism from Denver Institute of Urban Studies and Adult College. Before coming to San Antonio, he served 14 years as one of the Associate Pastors of a mega church under the leadership of Pastor George Morrison. He has traveled extensively to minister the gospel to over 30 countries which includes Latin America, Central America, Asia, Russia, Israel, Egypt and Europe.
He has worked extensively in Christian radio and television for over 25 years. In radio he served in the areas of operations, programming and hosting bringing effective ministry to the cities of Dallas, Houston, Denver and now San Antonio. In Christian television, he effectively managed stations in Houston and Denver for 25 years and has hosted over 5,000 programs in English and Spanish with guests from around the world. He started and developed an International Television program called Seven Hours of Power which promoted unity among the Spanish Speaking Churches, ministered to and drew thousands of participants in the Houston area, Mexico and Latin America.
Before coming to San Antonio, Pastor Mendez worked in the cities of Dallas, Houston and Denver with various nationalities, promoting love and unity in the communities. He started an Alliance for the Spanish Speaking Pastors which is still successful today in Denver, Colorado. He also served as president of the Alliance for 5 years. He has hosted trips for leaders to Washington D.C. where they spoke with Congressmen and Senators concerning issues which related to the Spanish Speaking Community. He has hosted mission trips to various countries including Israel where lives were enriched with teaching of their Jewish roots.
Pastor Mendez is currently serving on the board of the NHCLC, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Coalition, the largest conglomerate of Hispanic Leaders and Pastors in North and South America.
Pastor Mendez is happily married to Susan Mendez and they have five children and two grandchildren. Together they enjoy serving the Lord bringing love, unity, and to see world harvest come to the Body of Christ.
Fernando Guillen is Director of Action Integration Center, located in Belo Horizonte, MG. With a strong call Apostolic and Prophetic, he has excelled not only in Brazil but also abroad, through training, capacity building, preaching and activation so that the saints will be equipped for the work of ministry.
Besides being a Life Coach, editor of CEO Seven Mountains, Apostle Guillen has an MBA in Business Administration. Fernando Guillen is also Doctor of Practical Ministry at Wagner Leadership Institute, Los Angeles, CA, a network of apostolic centers of theological formation, present in 24 nations, which is also the Chancellor of the Institute in Brazil. It is also an Apostle commissioned by the Apostolic Network HIM (Harvest International Ministry), under the supervision of Dr. Ché Ahn and the apostolic delegate in Latin America by Global Spheres, chaired by Dr. Chuck Pierce, based in Corinth, TX. It is the continental facilitator for Latin America of the International Coalition of Apostolic leaders, chaired by Dr. John Kelly.
He is author of the bestseller Jezebel, the Lady of the Ring, and Seven Hills, and resides in Brazil, along with his wife, Deborah.
Rev. Eve Nunez has dedicated her life to public service and has embodied the values of Cesar Chavez since she was a young adult. At the age of 17, Rev. Nunez volunteered and protested alongside Cesar Chavez. Even in her adolescence, she understood the importance of human rights, and public service. Since her early years of volunteering with Chavez, she has led a life devoted to public service, the fight for human rights, and faith. Rev. Eve Nunez is the Founder and President of Help 4 Kidz, which is an organization she founded after the passing of her beloved son Frankie. This non-profit organization has received local and national awards for her work with at risk children and young adults. Help for Kidz is a National Partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has a SNAP satellite that also provides food boxes for homeless families in the valley. Help 4 Kidz served approximately 1680 meals per week last summer for The First Lady’s “Let’s Move” Initiative. Help 4 Kidz is also a HUD approved site. The Help 4 Kidz HUD office provides services where clients can apply for, and participate in, Rental Assistance, First-Time Home Buyers Program, Foreclosure Prevention, Loan modifications, HARP AND HEMC. Rev. Eve Nunez is also a Founder and President of Arizona Latino Commission, which is also a nonprofit. Arizona Latino Commission is a HUD approved agency that serves clients with housing needs such as rental assistance, foreclosure prevention/ first time home buyers program, and HARP. Rev. Eve Nunez is President of the National Latina/Latino Commission a non-profit agency dedicated to mentoring African American and Latino Youth also to provide a platform for Latina Women and any Women desiring to pursue their dreams. NLLC will also provide HUD counseling services. We will partner Youth with Mentor’s on the Seven Spheres of Influence, Education, Business, Media, Government, Entertainment/Sports, Healthy Families, and Church Participation. NLLC will promote the importance of a higher Education and Workforce Development for all youth and women. Rev. Eve Nunez was the former Vice-President of Networking for NHCLC for 7 years, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference which has over 40,000 churches and 16 million members. She was also an Executive Board member for NHCLC. She is also a Capitol Club member for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee AIPAC. She received the National Service Award from Former President George W. Bush 2001 and Volunteer Service Award from President Obama 2012. Please click under Rev. Nunez name on the Board of Director’s tab to see her other Awards and Recognitions. Rev. Eve has three children Emmanuel, Angelique, and Hannah Jane. Her 15 year old son Frankie Yeshua Nunez, endured 39 major surgery’s in his battle against a cancerous brain tumor. Frankie told mom, that Jesus said ,” son you have obeyed me in everything, I have asked you to do.” Your work on earth is done! He went home 2 weeks after that and made mom promise she would continue to mentor kids and youth. When she’s not working, she enjoys a nice cup of tea and an American history book. A former chef, Rev. Nunez loves to cook for her nine grandchildren.
Dr. Robert Stearns is the founder and executive director of Eagles’ Wings, a dynamic relational ministry involved in a variety of outreaches and strategic projects around the world. He and the Eagles’ Wings team are dedicated to building unity within the Body of Christ, bringing understanding of the Judeo roots of the Christian faith, and cultivating passionate disciples of Jesus through young adult leadership development. He has ministered in 30 nations around the world and maintains a significant burden for the United States and for Israel. Robert’s passion for God and zeal for His Kingdom are contagious.
Robert is the visionary behind the worldwide prayer initiative, ‘The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem” which is observed annually on the first Sunday of October and has the participation of 300,000 churches in 175 nations. Robert and Dr. Jack Hayford serve together as co-chairmen of the mass prayer mobilization, representing the largest prayer movement in history focused on Jerusalem.
Robert has consulted and met personally with the current and past two Prime Ministers of Israel concerning Israel and Christian relations. Through his ministry, thousands have discovered Israel over the years, and he has been a keynote speaker, guest artist and worship leader at several celebrations of the Feast of Tabernacles in Israel.
An author of five books, Robert Stearns is a powerful communicator, and has been a featured guest columnist for Charisma magazine, as well as guest editor for Ministry Today magazine. Robert is also an accomplished recording artist and soloist, with performances in the US, Europe and Israel, including the prestigious Carnegie Hall. He has been a guest on radio and television, including appearances on the 700 Club, Daystar Network, and Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Recently, Robert was appointed as the overseeing bishop of the historic Full Gospel Tabernacle in Orchard Park, NY. Robert and his family live in Clarence, New York, and spend a great deal of time in Jerusalem, Israel.
Dr. Jürgen Bühler is an ordained minister and trained physicist who serves as Executive Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. After graduating from Ulm University with a degree in physics, Jürgen moved to Israel in 1994. Following a five-year research project at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, he obtained his doctorate in chemistry.
Jürgen joined the staff of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in 1999 and served from 2001 to 2011 as National Director for ICEJ-Germany. He has been a member of the ICEJ’s Board of Trustees for eight years and served as the ministry’s International Director for five years.
In October 2011, the board of the International Christian Embassy asked Jürgen to serve as Executive Director. He is a licensed minister with the German Pentecostal Federation (BFP), and his unique scriptural insights into issues relating to Israel, the Church and the nations have placed him in great demand as a speaker all over the world.
In addition to his other responsibilities, Juergen has remained an active member of the King of Kings Assembly in Jerusalem, and has served on the congregation’s board from 1994 to 2010.
Jürgen and his wife, Vesna, live in Jerusalem and have three young sons and a daughter..
Check out one of Jürgen’s messages from the 2011 Feast of Tabernacles Celebration:
For more than thirty years, Susan Michael has pioneered the development of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in the United States and around the world. She currently serves as the ministry’s USA Director and is a member of the ICEJ’s international Board of Directors.
Susan’s involvement with the ICEJ began as a graduate student at Jerusalem University College in 1980, the same year that the Christian Embassy was first established. Upon completing her Masters degree in Judeo-Christian Studies she returned from Israel with a heart to further the Embassy’s mission among fellow Americans. After a season assisting the ministry’s international leadership to host a series of high profile pro-Israel conferences across the USA, Susan was asked to head-up the ICEJ’s newly-founded US Branch.
A graduate in Theology from Oral Roberts University, Susan is often called upon to address complex and sensitive issues such as anti-Semitism, Islam, Jewish-Christian relations and current events in the Middle East to a diverse range of audiences. Her experience working with Arabs, Jews and Christians from many national and denominational backgrounds has equipped Susan to handle delicate topics central to an understanding of Israel with extraordinary clarity and grace. In recent years she has pioneered a number of educational tools to enable other Christians to do the same, including the IsraelAnswers.com website and a series of highly accessible educational seminars.
Susan and her husband have lived and worked for many years in Washington D.C. where she has developed a close working relationship with the Israeli Embassy and strong connections with the US Jewish community at large. They currently reside in South Florida.