Remember Imprisoned Pastor Andrew Brunson

Pastor Andrew Brunson will be spending his second Christmas in a Turkish jail.

This past October, a delegation from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) visited Pastor Brunson. Brunson, who has lost considerable weight from the stress of constant confinement, had a clear message to the delegation: do not forget me. Brunson, a North Carolina native, has spent over 20 years ministering to Christians in Turkey, a... Continue Reading

Turkey Levels Charges Against Andrew Brunson

Turkish media is reporting May 19 that EPC teaching elder Andrew Brunson is being accused of being a “Kurdish sympathizer”

Hurriyet, the leading English-language news outlet in Turkey, reported that prosecutors are citing Brunson for “delivering sermons to the Kurds with a ‘special purpose’”—wording that implies support for an ethnic group that Turkey is waging a military campaign against. The Kurds are a minority group in Turkey (primarily located in the eastern and southeastern parts... Continue Reading

American Pastor Andrew Brunson Has Been Held Captive In Turkey For Four Months. The President Must Act.

Andrew Brunson is a minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Brunson’s saga started on Oct. 7, when he and his wife, Norine, were summoned to court in Izmir, a coastal city where they reside and preach. The couple, who has raised three children in Turkey, expected to be informed that day that they were being granted permanent resident status. Instead, the Brunsons were detained and... Continue Reading

EPC Pastor Andrew Brunson Formally Charged in Turkey

Andrew Brunson, a minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, formerly in the ARP, and long time missionary to Turkey, has been jailed for alleged terrorism, which he denies.

Before being sentenced Brunson had been held without charge in a detention center in Turkey since October 7. He was interrogated without notice on December 9 and imprisoned. When he was originally detained, his activities were considered by the Turkish government to be “against national security,” but no other reason was given for Andrew’s incarceration... Continue Reading

Turkey Wants to Keep American Pastor Behind Bars for Life

American officials and supporters say Andrew Brunson has been “unjustly imprisoned” under false charges.

“Let it be clear. I am in prison not for anything I have done wrong, but because of who I am—a Christian pastor,” he wrote. “I desperately miss my wife and children. Yet I believe this to be true: it is an honor to suffer for Jesus Christ, as many have before me. My deepest... Continue Reading

Turkish Court Rejects Appeal of American Pastor Jailed On ‘Terror’ Charges for Christian Faith

Andrew Brunson’s appeal of false imprisonment for terrorism denied by Turkish court.

Brunson and his wife, Norine, who have lived in Turkey for over 20 years, were reportedly summoned back in October to discuss their application to renew their visas, but were instead arrested by Turkish police. While Norine was released 13 days later, Brunson was charged with having links to terror organizations.   A Turkish court... Continue Reading

Free Pastor Andrew: Christians Rally for Missionary Jailed in Turkey

American pastor caught up in terrorism sweep by country he served for more than 20 years

“The pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church on the west coast of Turkey was imprisoned based on allegations of ties to the Gülen movement, whose followers are blamed by the Turkish government of attempting a coup on July 15.”   Christian advocates in the United States have launched a global campaign to release Andrew Brunson, an... Continue Reading