Press Releases

Parkland High School Shooting Victims to be Remembered at U.S. Capitol

2/13/19 – Washington, D.C. – Long-time evangelical church leader and president of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, the Reverend Dr. Rob Schenck, and national pro-life activist and director of the Christian Defense Coalition, Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, will lead a service of sacred remembrance for the victims and survivors of last year’s Valentine’s Day mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida…. Read Entire Article (PDF)

Statement by Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck on Mass Shooting in Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California

11/8/18 – Washington, D.C. – The mass murder of another dozen Americans, including a long-time sheriff’s deputy, once again after being sprayed with semi-automatic weapon fire, should be reason to couple our prayers for the victims and their families with concrete action… Read Entire Article (PDF)

STATEMENT BY REV. DR. ROB SCHENCK AND DR. JAMIE ATEN, OF THE FAITH-BASED GUN SAFETY ORGANIZATION PRAYERS & ACTION, ON MASS SHOOTING AT JEWISH SYNAGOGUE IN PITTSBURGH

10/27/18 – Nashville, TN – Long-time Christian minister to top government officials in Washington, DC, president of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, and a spokesperson for Prayers & Action, Reverend Dr. Rob Schenck, along with founder and executive director of The Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College, spokesperson for Prayers & Action and disaster psychologist, Dr. Jamie Aten, released the following statement today after reports of another horrific mass shooting in a house of worship took place early Saturday morning… Read Entire Article (PDF)

Donald Trump and the Moral Collapse of American Evangelicalism

6/19/18 – Washington, D.C. – Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck, President of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute and author of Costly Grace: An Evangelical Minister’s Rediscovery of Faith, Hope and Love,will lead a discussion, joined by Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook (International Religious Freedom appointee by President Barak Obama) and the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde (Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese in Washington, D.C.) about Donald Trump and the moral collapse of American Evangelicalism at a special luncheon open to all members of the news media on Tuesday, June 19from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the National Press Club, 4thEstate Restaurant, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.(RSVP required)… Read Entire Article (PDF)

Ross, Schenck Named Executive Advisors to Secretary General of World Evangelical Alliance

4/11/18 – New York, NY – Larry Ross, president and founder of A. Larry Ross Communications, and the Rev. Rob Schenck, president of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, have been named executive advisors to Bishop Ephraim Tendero, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)… Read Entire Article (PDF)

EVANGELICAL LEADER WHO HAS BOLDLY BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE ISSUE OF GUN VIOLENCE GIVES A STATEMENT IN WAKE OF FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING

2/14/18 – Washington, D.C. – Rev. Rob Schenck, President of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute; Subject of the Emmy-Winning Documentary, The Armor of Light; and Contributing Author of God and Guns – a Part of the Upcoming Zondervan Book, Christianity Engaged in Culture Makes the Following Statement in Light of the High School Shooting in Florida:

“The murder of school children in a mass shooting is never just ‘another.’ That’s not acceptable in a civilized culture. When children wake up in the morning, they should only worry about homework or a test, not whether they will be killed in a hail of gunfire. Parents should only be concerned if their kids will make the bus, play it safe in gym, or avoid getting in trouble. No parent should worry that a gun battle will break out or that they’ll be met at the end of the school day at the emergency room by a grim-faced chaplain… Read Entire Article (PDF)

EVANGELICAL SPOKESPERSONS TO HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE ON MORAL CRISIS SURROUNDING ALABAMA SENATE RACE

12/7/17 – WASHINGTON, D.C. –Led by Rev. Rob Schenck, President of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, evangelical pastors and ministry leaders will hold a special Press Conference, Evangelicals and the Alabama Senate Race,on Friday, December 8that 3:00 p.m. at The National Press Club, Zenger Room, located at 529 14thStreet NW, 13thFloor, in Washington, D.C.

Rev. Rob Schenck, who once went to jail supporting the actions of Roy Moore, will be joined by Alabama evangelical minister Rev. Tom Benz and others to express serious concern about the dangers facing evangelical voters in the Alabama special election this Tuesday, December 12. They will also address specific aspects to the Moore and Jones candidacies relevant to evangelical voters. Read Entire Article (PDF)

CHRISTIANS LEADERS TO CALL FOR NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF PASTORS IN WAKE OF TEXAS TRAGEDY

11/7/17 – WASHINGTON, D.C. –The National Clergy Council, The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, and the Christian Defense Coalition will hold a Facebook Live News Conference tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7, 11:30 AM EST, to urge pastors and churches across America to take action to prevent future mass shootings like the one this past weekend in Sutherland Springs, Texas…Read Entire Article (PDF)

REV. ROB SCHENCK, PRESIDENT OF THE DIETRICH BONHOEFFER INSTITUTE, ASKS FOR PRAYER AND SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF LAST NIGHT’S MASS SHOOTING IN LAS VEGAS

10/2/17 – WASHINGTON, D.C. –October 2, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) Following the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States, President of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck, is asking clergy to lead Americans in prayer and support for the victims, the wounded, and families of all those affected by the barbaric and senseless shooting of more than 450 people overnight in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, A DOCUMENTARY BY ABIGAIL E. DISNEY AND FEATURING TDBI PRESIDENT, REV. ROB SCHENCK, HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR AN EMMY AWARD

7/27/17 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute is pleased to announce that the film, The Armor of Light, featuring TDBI President Reverend Rob Schenck, has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary. In addition, the PBS Town Hall, Armed in America: Faith and Guns, featuring TDBI President, Rev. Rob Schenck and other Evangelical Christian leaders, has also been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding News Special… Read Entire Article (PDF)

IT’S TIME FOR CIVIL CONVERSATION AND COLLABORATION

6/21/17 – WASHINGTON DC – In the Wake of the Tragic Shooting of Congressman Scalise and Others, Rev. Rob Schenck of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute Says it’s Time to Look Past our Bitter Politics and Instead Work with One Another to Find Common Solutions to the Issues that Plague our Nation… Read Entire Article (PDF)

Statement by Evangelical Leader on Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart Gun Sale Policies After Fox & Friends Interview Today

WASHINGTON DC – Leading evangelical spokesman, the Reverend Dr. Rob Schenck (pronounced “Shank”), a long-time Christian minister to top government officials in Washington, DC, and president of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, appeared on Fox News Fox & Friends today to commend decisions by retailers Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart for their change on gun sales… Read Entire Article (PDF)