Samuel Rodriguez, Jr. (born September 29, 1969) is an American Christianevangelist born to Puerto Rican immigrant parents who arrived in the United States in the 1960s. At age 16, Rodriguez delivered his first sermon and quickly grew to be a leading and acclaimed evangelical preacher. In 2000, he founded the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which serves as the Hispanic Evangelical Association, through which a network of Latino leaders was cultivated. Rodriguez is the current president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, one of the largest Hispanic Christian organizations in the United States with over 40,118 Latino Evangelical churches as members. As a spokesperson for Hispanic Evangelicals, Rodriguez has been a featured speaker in White House and Congressional meetings on Hispanic American issues and justice concerns. He is a member of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships initiative the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He currently serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Evangelicals.