|For Immediate Release
February 23, 2016
Nashville, TN – The National Religious Broadcasters will be moving its offices to Capitol Hill in May after the Board of Directors unanimously approved a recommendation of its Executive Committee during its annual meeting today.
“This action is both historic and timely,” said NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “For more than 70 years, NRB has faithfully represented its members’ public policy concerns in Washington, without having its entire operation based on Capitol Hill. With growing concerns among our members about their First Amendment rights to proclaim the Gospel, moving NRB’s headquarters to Capitol Hill will more effectively serve our members’ interests.”
The office of the historic evangelical organization has been based in Manassas, VA, since 1992, while maintaining a satellite office on Capitol Hill. NRB’s mission is to advance biblical truth, promote media excellence, and defend free speech. Founded in 1944 by 150 radio broadcasters, the organization today has around 1,200 members with a weekly cumulative listenership/readership of more than 60 million, covering the full range of communications platforms.
“Now, more than ever, our first freedoms — of religion, speech, and the press — must be defended vigorously before members of Congress, federal government regulatory agencies, and in the courts,” said Dr. Johnson. “Our new headquarters on Capitol Hill will more effectively allow us to address our members’ concerns and work with policymakers on these critical issues.”
The NRB has secured a lease for office space in the National Guard Memorial Museum building at 1 Massachusetts Avenue NW, one block west of Union Station, with an anticipated move-in date of May 1.
The Board of Directors’ action came during Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN. Presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Dr. Ben Carson are scheduled to appear on Friday, February 26, during separate Presidential Candidate Forums. All other remaining presidential candidates have been invited to appear before the Convention, and several have indicated an interest in attending, schedule permitting.
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.
About Proclaim 16
The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. Also on the Expo floor in 2016 will be an interactive exhibit presented by Museum of the Bible that chronicles the remarkable history of the Bible, from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies. The upcoming Convention, Proclaim 16, will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. The NRB Digital Media Summit, a pre-Convention event, will be held on February 22, 2016. Other summits that will take place during the week of Proclaim 16 include the Radio Summit, TV Summit, Church Media Summit, International Summit, Film & Entertainment Summit, and Donor Development Summit. There will also be a special Pastors Track. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.
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