NRB to Host Evangelical Debate on 2016 Election

Erickson, Parshall, Wichterman and JacksonNRB will host a debate among four evangelical leaders on Friday, Sept. 16, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 

The event, “Evangelicals Debate the 2016 Election: Trump, Clinton, or Other,” will feature Erick Erickson, host of Atlanta’s Evening News on WSB Radio in Atlanta and editor of; Janet Parshall, host of the daily two-hour radio program In the Market with Janet Parshall; Bill Wichterman, a former senior congressional staffer and special assistant to President George W. Bush; and Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland.

“This presidential election is unlike any other in many years,” noted NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, who will moderate the roughly two-hour debate. 

“Evangelicals are among the most vocal critics of both major party nominees, while others strongly back Donald Trump. Unfortunately, most of the debate about this matter – especially as it relates to Trump – has occurred in dueling op-eds, blog posts, and tweets,” he added. “We’re holding this forum to allow for a reasoned, careful debate among leading evangelical spokespersons in the hope that it will result in more light and less heat.”

Erickson will represent the “Never Trump” position, which opposes Republican nominee Donald J. Trump under all circumstances. Wichterman will also speak against the candidacy of Donald Trump.

Parshall, a longtime NRB member and broadcaster from the nation’s capital for more than two decades, will argue in favor of supporting Trump, as will Jackson.

“I’m grateful to these leaders of diverse backgrounds, professions, and political commitments for their willingness to engage each other on this critical matter,” Johnson said. “Christians – now, more than ever – must be America’s best citizens. We hope this forum will help them be that this election season and beyond. Being the best citizens necessarily includes an educated vote for president, including this year.”

There are a limited number of seats available for the event. To reserve space, email As a nonpartisan association of Christian communicators, NRB neither supports nor opposes candidates for political office.

PHOTO ABOVE: (Clockwise from the top right corner) Janet Parshall, Harry Jackson, Bill Wichterman, Erick Erickson.

By NRB Staff

Published: September 14, 2016


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