Andrew Brunson is an EPC teaching elder who has peacefully lived in Turkey with his family since 1993 and has planted several churches. On October 7, 2016, he and his wife were arrested and sent to a detention facility. His wife was later released, though Andrew continued to be held despite no formal charges being levied.
On December 8 (after being detained for 63 days) Andrew was charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization” and sent to prison. However, the charging documents state that no evidence has been gathered against him.
The EPC stands firmly with the Brunson family that the charges against Andrew are false and that he is being held unjustly. We have been working with them since October to secure Andrew's release. The Brunson family also has retained the American Center for Law and Justice in this effort.
You can add your voice to the thousands who have spoken on Andrew's behalf.
CONTACT THE WHITE HOUSE
You can contact the White House through its online form at www.whitehouse.gov/contact#page or click the button above. You also can call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and ask the administration to demand Andrew's release.
USE SOCIAL MEDIA
We have registered the hashtag #ForgottenAmericanInTurkey so please use it as you share Andrew's situation with your social media networks. Also, please like, share, repost, and retweet any other articles about Andrew that cross your radar (and add #ForgottenAmericanInTurkey). We also can capture the attention of the White House and President Trump by adding the Twitter handles @WhiteHouse and @realDonaldTrump to any article you share via Twitter. By adding these Twitter handles, your post will appear in both Trump’s and the White House’s feed.
Also, for those on Twitter please consider setting your alarm for noon each day in your local time zone and tweeting #ForgottenAmericanInTurkey with @WhiteHouse and @realDonaldTrump.
SIGN THE ACLJ PETITION
The ACLJ is leading the international legal advocacy effort on Andrew's behalf. Click here to sign a petition in support of their efforts, which have included legal appeals of Andrew's imprisonment (which to date have been denied) and submissions to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
WHITE HOUSE PETITION
On February 8, we launched a “Forgotten American in Turkey” petition to get the attention of the White House. A response from White House officials was guaranteed if the petition had 100,000 signatures by March 8. While it only reached about 24,000 signatures, we reveived confirmation from several sources in Washington that the Trump adminstration has talked with Turkey about Andrew's situation and requested his release.
Andrew's situation has garnered the attention of news outlets around the world. Just a few of these articles are linked below. Please note that though many of these organizations are friends of the EPC, the EPC makes no endorsement of any potential political statement(s) made therein.
Stay apprised of efforts to secure Andrew's freedom by subscribing to EPConnection, the EPC's official news channel (click the "Follow" tab that appears in the lower right corner of your browser), and the EPC Facebook page and Twitter feed.
MEDIA OUTLETS WITH ONGOING COVERAGE
American Center for Law and Justice
Andrew Brunson Facebook Page
World Witness (The Board of Foreign Missions of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church)
The Aquila Report
"American Pastor Andrew Brunson Has Been Held in Turkey for Four Months: The President Must Act" February 7
"EPC Pastor Andrew Brunson Formally Charged in Turkey" December 15
"Turkish Court Rejects Appeal of American Pastor Jailed on 'Terror' Charges for Christian Faith" January 8
"Free Pastor Andrew: Christians Rally for Missionary Jailed in Turkey" December 27
Christian News Network
"U.S. Congressmen Call on Turkish President to Release American Pastor" February 19
"Imprisoned American Pastor's Appeal for Release Turned Down by Turkey Court" January 3
"Turkey Jails U.S. Pastor on 'Terrorism' Allegations" December 12
"Christian Groups Denounce Detention of U.S. Pastor in Turkey" November 8
"Emergency Order Broadening Turkey's Powers to Deport Foreigners Concerns Christians" November 1
The Christian Post
"Turkey May Be Falsely Imprisoning American Christian Pastor Out Of Revenge" March 23
"Turkey to Speed Up Trial of U.S. Pastor as Pressure Increases; Still No Evidence of Terror Claims" March 13
"Why Has Turkey Imprisoned This Pastor?" February 24
"Why Has Turkey Imprisoned U.S. Pastor on Terror Charges Without Evidence?" February 21
"78 Members of Congress Urge Turkey President to Release U.S. Pastor" February 19
"Franklin Graham, Saeed Abedini Push for Release of U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson Imprisoned in Turkey" January 2
"Turkey Denies Appeal for American Pastor Jailed in on 'Terror' Charges for Christian Faith" January 2
"Pastor Andrew Brunson's Ordeal in Turkey" December 19
"American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey on 'Terror Threat' Charges for Christian Faith" December 15
"Daughter of U.S. pastor held in Turkey seeking Trump's help to secure release" March 17
"Supporters of American pastor jailed in Turkey say he is scapegoat, push for his return to U.S." February 22
"Sen. Lankford: Imprisoned pastor in Turkey must be released immediately" January 18
"Franklin Graham, Saeed Abedini push for release of U.S. pastor imprisoned in Turkey" January 4
"Family fights for release of U.S. pastor jailed in Turkey on terrorism charges" December 14
International Christian Concern
"North Carolina Pastor Remains Imprisoned in Turkey" March 13
"78 Members of Congress Urge Turkey President to Release U.S. Pastor" February 21
"37 Senators and 41 Representatives Call on Turkish President to Release Imprisoned American Pastor" February 16
"Turkish Court Rejects Appeal of American Pastor Jailed on 'Terror' Charges for Christian Faith" January 2
"American Pastor Andrew Brunson Wrongfully Imprisoned in Turkey" December 17
"American Christian Andrew Brunson Imprisoned by Turkish Authorities" December 14
"Mounting Concerns About Detained U.S. Couple in Turkey" October 28
Presbyterian Lay Committee
"U.S. Senate Letter to Turkey Garners 78 Congressional Signatures to Release Andrew Brunson" February 17
"Presbyterian Pastor a ‘Pawn’ for Turkey" February 14
"White House Petition Launched on Behalf of Andrew Brunson" February 7
"A Christian Pastor in Turkey's Prisons" January 3
"Turkey Detains American, Presbyterian Pastor Over Terrorism Claims" December 19
"Imprisoned American Pastor Formally Charged in Turkey" December 15
World Watch Monitor
"Turkish Prime Minister: we could accelerate U.S. pastor's trial" March 16
"Turkish court blocks U.S. Christian's deportation" February 17
"Turkey nightclub-massacre accused says he targeted Christians" February 14
"Turkey rejects initial appeal to release jailed U.S. pastor" January 4
"Turkey jails U.S. pastor on 'terrorism' allegations" December 9
"Turkey may push up imprisoned American pastor's trial"
Mission Network News, March 22
"Turkey to consider speeding up jailed American pastor's trial, prime minister says"
Christian Daily, March 17
"Turkish PM considers speeding up trial of jailed American pastor"
USA Today, March 9
"'Extremely Shocking' Detention of North Carolina Pastor by Turkey Drags On"
PJ Media, March 7
"Courts Split on U.S. Christians Caught Up in Turkey's Crackdown"
Christianity Today, February 23
"No explanation from Turkey on pastor imprisoned over terror charges without evidence"
Christian Daily, February 23
"Burr, Tillis seek release of Black Mountain native"
Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times, February 17
"78 U.S. lawmakers call for release of jailed pastor"
Baptist Press (Southern Baptist news service), February 17
"Congressional Leaders Seek Release of American Pastor Unjustly Detained in Turkey"
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, February 16
"Congressional Leaders Seek Release of American Pastor Unjustly Detained in Turkey"
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, February 16
"NC pastor arrested for terrorism abroad"
WCNC (NBC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C.), February 16
"Congressional Leaders Seek Release of American Pastor Unjustly Detained In Turkey"
The Chattanoogan, February 16
"Congress Demands Release of American Pastor Jailed in Turkey On Bogus Terror Charges"
The Daily Caller, February 16
"Evangelical Presbyterian Church launches petition to free imprisoned pastor in Turkey"
Washington (D.C.) Times, February 10
"Family: Turkey Holding North Carolina Pastor Prisoner for Being a Christian"
Breitbart News, February 6
"American Pastor Andrew Brunson has been held captive in Turkey for four months. The President must act."
Hot Air, February 6
"A Family Nightmare as N.C. Pastor Held in Turkish Prison"
WTVD (ABC affiliate in Raleigh, N.C.), February 3
"Appeal denied for American pastor imprisoned in Turkey"
Mission Network News, January 30
"U.S. pastor in Turkish jail while Gulen dominates talks"
Al-Monitor, January 19
"Turkey’s wavering support for religious freedom: An imprisoned U.S. pastor must be released immediately"
Washington (D.C.) Times, January 16
"A Christian Pastor in Turkey’s Prisons"
Wall Street Journal, January 3
"N.C. pastor charged with terrorism denied release from Turkish prison"
Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, December 29
"Turkey denies appeal for jailed Christian pastor"
World Net Daily, December 29
"Dunwoody church joins fight to free American pastor jailed with ISIS fighters"
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 21
"Free Pastor Andrew: Christians Rally for Missionary Jailed in Turkey"
Christianity Today, December 20
"Family fights for release of U.S. pastor jailed in Turkey on 'terrorism' charges"
New York Post, December 14
"Turkey orders deportation of American pastor for missionary activities"
Christian Times, October 21