stand in the gap

— Joe Davis, Rafael Cruz, Richard Land, Sam Rohrer, E.W. Jackson

Join Nearly 35 Legislators at 11 a.m. CT Rally This Morning —

Later this morning, an impressive lineup of standouts will converge at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville for the Tennessee Pastors Network’s (TNPN, “Stand in the Gap for Truth” Rally at 11 a.m. CT today—Sept. 17, Constitution Day.

Headlining the rally will be Joe Davis, husband of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis; Rafael Cruz, father of presidential hopeful Ted Cruz; evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land; Bishop E.W. Jackson; and American Pastors Network (APN, President Sam Rohrer, along with nearly 35 state legislators, led by Tenn. Rep. Judd Matheny.

The rally will help motivate Tennesseans to defend their religious freedom and uphold God’s design for the nation, as well as engage pastors and citizens to address the most talked-about issues of the day, such as shifting marriage and family foundations, an unworkable immigration system, weak terrorism laws, failing education, a damaging nationalized health care system, lack of religious freedom protections and the blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution.

WHO:          Tennessee Pastors Network

WHAT:       “Stand in the Gap for Truth” Rally

WHERE:    Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Ave N, Nashville

WHEN:       11 a.m. CT Thursday, Sept. 17—Constitution Day

WHY:          To motivate Tennesseans to defend their religious freedom


Besides Joe Davis as a special guest, who will be introduced by TNPN President Dale Walker, the top-name speakers at the rally include:

  • Rafael Cruz, father of presidential hopeful Ted Cruz. Cruz is a powerful example of the American dream. Born in Cuba, he lived and suffered under a cruel, oppressive dictator, began fighting the regime as a teenager, and was imprisoned and tortured for his role in that fight. He arrived in Texas on a student visa, worked his way through college, learned English and built a business. Today, Cruz is an ordained minister and president of Kingdom Translation Services. He travels the country sharing his story and speaking on the biblical foundations of the nation, while encouraging Christians to return the country to the principles that made America exceptional.
  • Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and past president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns. In 2005, Land was named as one of Time Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America.” He was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and in 2015, was in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”
  • Bishop E.W. Jackson, president and founder of STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Judeo-Christian values and bringing Americans together across racial and cultural lines. He is also the 2013 Republican Nominee for Lt. Governor of Virginia. After service with the U.S. Marines, Jackson was ordained a pastor in 1979 and consecrated a bishop in 1998. He is the author of “Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life” and is a senior fellow with the Family Research Council.
  • Sam Rohrer, former longtime legislator and president of the American Pastors Network (APN, The former candidate for Pennsylvania governor and U.S. Senate is the host of several APN radio programs, “Stand in the Gap Minute,” “Stand in the Gap Today” and “Stand in the Gap Weekend,” which are collectively heard on hundreds of stations throughout the country. APN is uniquely providing the structure and encouragement for pastors to speak biblical truth with a united voice into family, the church and civil government.
  • Rep. Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma), who serves District 47, in Coffee and part of Warren counties. He is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Army and the Tennessee Army National Guard and an eight-year veteran of state and local law enforcement. Matheny is a member of the House Health Committee, the House Insurance and Banking Committee and the House Health Subcommittee. He is chairman of the Coffee County Republican Party and a past chairman of the Davidson County Crimestoppers, as well as a member of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association, Master Mason and Tullahoma Rotary.

Matheny, who will speak from the lawmaker perspective at the rally, has been gathering his fellow legislators in support of the issues presented at the event. Representatives include: Bill Dunn, Bryan Terry, Dennis Powers, Mark White, Glen Casada, James (Micah) Van Huss, Jay Reedy, Mark Pody, Courtney Rogers, Susan Lynn, Sheila Butt, David Byrd, Curtis Halford, Jeremy Durham, Roger Kane, Dale Carr, Terri Lynn Weaver, Jeremy Faison, Jimmy Matlock, Barry Doss, Jason Zachary, Debra Moody, Matthew Hill, Timothy Hill, Billy Spivey and Rick Womick. Senators scheduled to attend the rally include: Mae Beavers, Jim Tracy, Kerry Roberts, Mark Green, Dolores Gresham and Janice Bowling.

Following Thursday morning’s rally, TNPN will also host its annual conference at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 621 Hartsville Pike in Lebanon, Tenn. (The dinner at 5 p.m. CT is full, but the conference, which is free on a first-come basis, will begin at 7 p.m. CT at the church. Media may interview rally/conference speakers from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. CT). There, rally speakers will be present to give an in-depth account of what Tennesseans can do to protect and speak up for the Volunteer State. For more information on Thursday’s events, visit or email

TNPN is a state chapter of APN, the largest national network dedicated to equipping pastors to be a voice for truth in the public square. For more information on the rally or the conference, visit

TNPN and APN offer pastors numerous online resources that help clergy choose sermon topics and find information for other church ministries. With some free and some paid resources, topics include abortion, apologetics, creation, the culture war, economics, education, the environment, history, homosexuality, Islam and marriage, along with many others.

The Tennessee Pastors Network encourages pastors to bring together biblical and constitutional principles in their sermons and provides resources to pastors throughout the state. For more information on TNPN, visit its Facebook page or call (931) 267-0816.

TNPN is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues, examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in the political process on a non-partisan basis.

The American Pastors Network is the largest, national network of pastors who believe in the authority of scripture; who boldly preach the whole counsel of God with a disciplined application of a biblical worldview to public policy; who are building a permanent infrastructure of biblically faithful pastors and lay leaders; and who are mobilizing congregations to participate in the political process on a non-partisan basis. For more information on APN, visit, its Facebook page or follow APN’s Twitter feed, @AmericanPastors. Those interested in forming a chapter in their state may contact

The American Pastors Network is a Ministry Program Affiliate of Capstone Legacy Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian Public Community Foundation registered nationwide). APN’s daily short radio feature, “Stand in the Gap,” airs on more than 40 stations, and the American Family Radio Network airs the one-hour “Stand in the Gap Weekend” on 140 additional stations nationwide. A live one-hour program launched in 2015, “Stand in the Gap Today,” airs on several Pennsylvania radio stations.


To interview Dale Walker from the Tennessee Pastors Network or a representative of the American Pastors Network, contact Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, ext. 102, or Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, ext. 104,