Family Research Council

Mike Huckabee, Houston 5, Tony Perkins, Pastor Steve Riggle to Hold News Conference to Preview 'I Stand Sunday' Live Simulcast

HOUSTON, TEXAS., October 30, 2014 -- On Sunday, November 2, Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Pastor Steve Riggle, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Dr. Rick Scarborough and the Houston pastors targeted by the Mayor will hold a 4:00 p.m. CT news conference to preview "I Stand Sunday."  The live simulcast event will broadcast that evening from Grace Community Church to more than 3,400 churches and home groups across the country.

"I Stand Sunday" will provide churches across the nation the opportunity to stand with the pastors and churches in Houston, Texas who have been harassed by the city's Mayor because they publicly challenged her efforts to advance policies that are in direct conflict with biblical morality.    

The simulcast, cosponsored by Family Research Council, Vision America, Alliance Defending Freedom, and Christians Vote, will also feature Duck Dynasty's Phil and Al Robertson, the Benham Brothers, Fox News columnist and commentator Todd Starnes among others.  American Family Radio and Bott Radio are cosponsors that will provide live coverage of the event.

"'I Stand Sunday' is a call for Christians across the country to stand for religious freedom and stand unyielding to those who would silence the voice of Christians in the public arena," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.  "This was never about the subpoena of pastors' sermons; in fact, this is about the Mayor engaging in political intimidation and denying citizens the right to vote."

"Pastors have every right under the Constitution to speak to these issues but from a biblical perspective, they have a mandate to do so. We cannot grow silent in the face of political intimidation. We must stand up for the freedom to live out our faith free of government intrusion and monitoring," concluded Perkins.


Former Governor Mike Huckabee

Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty

Alan Robertson, Duck Dynasty

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

Steve Riggle, Founding Senior Pastor, Grace Community Church, Houston, TX

Khanh Huynh, Senior Pastor, Vietnamese Baptist Church, Houston, TX

Dave Welch, Executive Director, Houston Pastors Council

Hernan Castano, Pastor, Iglesia Rios de Aceite, Houston, TX

Magda Hermida, Founder, Magda Hermida Ministries, Houston, TX

Willie Davis, Senior Pastor, MacGregor Palm Community Baptist Church in Houston, TX

Dr. Ed Young, Pastor, Second Baptist Church Houston, TX

Max Miller, Senior Pastor, Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, President, Baptist Ministers' Association

Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President, Southern Baptist Convention

Todd Starnes, Host, Fox News and Commentary; Contributor, FOX & Friends; Author

Rick Scarborough, Founder and President, Vision America

David and Jason Benham, Benham Brothers Companies

Erik Stanley, Director of the Church Project and Pulpit Initiative, Alliance Defending Freedom

Moriah Peters, Christian Music Artist

WHAT: News conference and simulcast event: "I Stand Sunday"

WHERE: Grace Community Church

14505 Gulf Freeway Houston, TX 77034

WHEN: Sunday, November 2, 2014

News Conference: 4:00 p.m. CT (in Classroom 1 of Grace Community Church)

Simulcast: 6:00 p.m. CT

WEBCAST:  News conference can be viewed live here: and the simulcast can be viewed at 

To register for media credentials or for more information, please call the FRC press office at (866) FRC-NEWS or for more info please visit 

Technical:  A multbox will be available for both the news conference and simulcast service.   A media filing room will be also be available.