Reverend Tony Suárez
Executive Vice President of NHCLC/CONEL
Rev. Tony Suárez is an author, speaker and pastor, and serves as the executive vice president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/CONEL, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, serving more than 40,000 congregations in the United States and hundreds of thousands of congregations spread throughout the international Spanish-speaking diaspora.
Suárez is dedicated to the NHCLC mission, seeking 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. Through his role as executive vice president and head of NHCLC’s D.C. office, Rev. Suarez has become an active member of the Washington community, where he regularly meets with members of the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House, and speaks at events where the voice and participation of the NHCLC has been requested. Rev. Suarez was honored to be Congressman Luis Gutierrez's guest to the 2014 Presidential State of the Union.
Newsmax has named Suarez as one of the 50 most influential Republican Latinos in the United States. Suárez has become a prominent voice within the Evangelical community, a trusted guest speaker, and a sought-after media resource (featured on CNN, TBN, MSNBC, Telemundo, Univision, Mundo Fox, NBC Latino, WGN, CBN, Charisma and The Christian Post, to name a few). He is a regular host on the Trinity Broadcast Network’s “Praise” as well as Praise the Lord on TBN Salsa and his weekly television program, “Faith Alive,” can be seen on TBN Salsa.
Suárez serves on various committees including the Faith Advisory Board for the White House, American Heart Association Diversity Council, executive Committee member; Hispanic Israel Leadership Council (HILC), executive committee member; Bible Study Fellowship, Hispanic advisory board member; and Una Familia Foundation, director. He was also selected as one of the top 10 candidates for the 2016 John C. Maxwell Awards.
Suárez’s new book “The Church Triumphant” (Broadstreet Publishing) examines how from century through century the Christian church has faced off against insurmountable obstacles, yet has continued to thrive, and will be available October 2017. He is also the author of "Use Me Lord,” published in 2012.
Prior to his work with NHCLC, he and his wife Jessica founded The Pentecostals of Norfolk Church in Virginia in 2007 where they served as Senior Pastors until 2013. During their pastorate, Suarez founded The Norfolk Learning Center in collaboration with Regent University's Youth and Urban Renewal Center. Today, Pastor Tony and his three children reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia.