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Andrew Brunson

EPC Teaching Elder Andrew Brunson was arrested in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir (biblical Smyrna) on October 7, 2016, and has been imprisoned ever since. He and his family have lived in Turkey since 1993.

At the time of his arrest, he was serving as pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church in Izmir. His trial began on April 16. He faces charges of espionage, acquiring secret political and military information, attempting to destroy constitutional order and overthrowing the Turkish parliament, and membership in an armed terrorist organization.

Stay informed of Andrew’s situation by following the Andrew and Norine Brunson Facebook page, searching “Andrew Brunson” on EPConnection (the EPC news and information service), and by regular internet news searches of “Andrew Brunson”

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TIMELINE OF SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Izmir Resurrection Church

Izmir Resurrection Church

Click here to download this timeline in printable pdf format.

1993
Andrew and Norine Brunson move to Turkey under auspices of World Witness, the board of foreign missions for the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

2010
Transferred ordination to EPC and planted Izmir Resurrection Church.

October 7, 2016
Andrew and Norine arrested and sent to a detention facility.

October 19, 2016
Norine released from detention. Andrew continues to be held despite no formal charges.

December 8, 2016 (after being detained for 63 days)
Andrew charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization” and sent to prison, although the charging documents did not state any evidence against him.

January 3, 2017
Andrew’s 49th birthday.

February 6, 2017
EPC launches “Forgotten American in Turkey” online petition with the White House in Washington, D.C.

February 15, 2017
78 members of U.S. Congress sign letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan requesting Andrew’s release.

March 30, 2017
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Norine in Turkey.

May 16, 2017
In meetings with Erdoğan in Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence request Andrew’s release.

May 19, 2017
Turkish media reports Andrew is being accused of being a “Kurdish sympathizer” and a “Gülenist.”

August 24, 2017
Turkish court adds three new charges, including gathering state secrets for espionage, attempting to overthrow the Turkish parliament and government, and trying to change the constitutional order. Andrew could face up to four consecutive life sentences if convicted.

September 28, 2017
Erdoğan publicly offers swap of Andrew for the extradition of Fethullah Gülen, who has lived in Pennsylvania since 1999 and Erdoğan blames for the failed 2016 coup attempt.

October 7-8, 2017
EPC issues Call to Prayer and Fasting to mark one year of imprisonment.

November 3, 2017
Andrew’s song “You are Worthy of My All” (written while in prison) is posted to Andrew and Norine Brunson Facebook page.

November 15, 2017
The Brunson’s daughter, Jacqueline Furnari, testifies to the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission.

January 3, 2018
Andrew’s 50th birthday.

March 16, 2018
Jacqueline Furnari testifies before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

March 21, 2018
Turkish court accepts 62-page indictment against Andrew and schedules beginning of trial for April 16, 2018.

March 26, 2018
Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) meets with Andrew in prison.

April 15, 2018
EPC issues Call to Prayer and Fasting ahead of April 16 trial opening.

April 16, 2018
Trial convenes. Following opening testimony, judge deems Andrew a “flight risk” and returns him to prison until next hearing, scheduled for May 7, 2018.

April 16, 2018
U.S. State Department issues statement: “The entire U.S. government is following Mr. Brunson’s case closely. We have seen no credible evidence that Mr. Brunson is guilty of a crime and are convinced that he is innocent. We believe that Turkey is a state bound by the rule of law, and we have faith in the Turkish people’s commitment to justice. We hope that the judicial system in Turkey will resolve his case in a timely, fair, and transparent manner.”

April 26, 2018
In response to Andrew’s continued imprisonment, U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-Okla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduce a bill to prevent the transfer of the Lockheed Martin–made F-35 to Turkey and to block Ankara’s role as a maintenance depot for the aircraft.

May 4, 2018
50 members of the European Parliament sign letter to Turkey’s President, requesting Andrew’s release.

May 5-6, 2018
EPC issues Call to Prayer and Fasting ahead of May 7 scheduled resumption of trial.

May 7, 2018
Trial reconvenes for second session. Judge returns Andrew to prison until next hearing, scheduled for July 18, 2018.

YOU ARE WORTHY OF MY ALL

“You Are Worthy of My All” was written by Andrew Brunson in fall 2017 while in prison in Turkey. The recording is sung by a Turkish believer and friend of the Brunsons. It is the desire of EPC leadership that every EPC church incorporate Andrew’s modern hymn into their worship services.

Click here for an audio recording in downloadable mp3 format.

Sheet music for You Are Worthy of My All is available in printable pdf format three different notations:

Chord Chart

Click for a simple chord chart with lyrics, but no written melody line.

Melody Line with Harmonies

Click for a chord chart with lyrics, printed melody line, and harmonies arranged by Kris Bartman, Music Director for Christ Community Church in Montreat, North Carolina.

Traditional Hymn Format

Click for a more traditional, hymn-like format arranged by Erin Connors, Music Director for Venice EPC in McDonald, Pennsylvania.

CALL TO PRAYER AND FASTING, MAY 2018

The trial of Andrew Brunson, EPC Teaching Elder imprisoned in Turkey since October 2016, resumes on May 7, 2018. In an effort to stand with and pray for the entire Brunson family, the EPC is issuing a Call to Prayer and Fasting for the weekend of May 5-6.

To help facilitate a corporate prayer, as well as individual prayer at any time, the bulletin inserts below offer Scripture prayers for each member of the Brunson family. Each insert is in pdf format and designed to be printed on both front and back of standard 8.5x11 paper, then cut in half. The high-resolution versions are 300dpi CMYK files for commercial offset or digital printing; the low-resolution versions are 180dpi RGB format for printing on a laser or inkjet printer. For proper laser or inkjet printing, ensure your print settings are set to “Actual Size” and not “Fit.”

5.5″ x 8.5″

High-Resolution CMYK for commercial offset or digital printing. If your browser has the Adobe Acrobat plugin enabled, click here or on the image at left. The pdf file will open in a new window or tab in your browser. Right-click (Control-click on Mac) on the file and “Save As” to your designated location on your computer. If your browser does not have the Adobe Acrobat plugin (or if you are not sure), Right-Click (PC) or Control-Click (Mac) here or on the image at left, and select “Save Link As” to your designated location on your computer.

5.5″ x 8.5″

Low-Resolution RGB for color laser or inkjet printing. If your browser has the Adobe Acrobat plugin enabled, click here or on the image at left. The pdf file will open in a new window or tab in your browser. Right-click (Control-click on Mac) on the file and “Save As” to your designated location on your computer. If your browser does not have the Adobe Acrobat plugin (or if you are not sure), Right-Click (PC) or Control-Click (Mac) here or on the image at left, and select “Save Link As” to your designated location on your computer.

4.25″ x 11″

High-Resolution CMYK for commercial offset or digital printing. If your browser has the Adobe Acrobat plugin enabled, click here or on the image at left. The pdf file will open in a new window or tab in your browser. Right-click (Control-click on Mac) on the file and “Save As” to your designated location on your computer. If your browser does not have the Adobe Acrobat plugin (or if you are not sure), Right-Click (PC) or Control-Click (Mac) here or on the image at left, and select “Save Link As” to your designated location on your computer.

4.25″ x 11″

Low-Resolution RGB for color laser or inkjet printing. If your browser has the Adobe Acrobat plugin enabled, click here or on the image at left. The pdf file will open in a new window or tab in your browser. Right-click (Control-click on Mac) on the file and “Save As” to your designated location on your computer. If your browser does not have the Adobe Acrobat plugin (or if you are not sure), Right-Click (PC) or Control-Click (Mac) here or on the image at left, and select “Save Link As” to your designated location on your computer.

CALL TO PRAYER AND FASTING, APRIL 2018

On April 16, 2018, EPC Teaching Elder Andrew Brunson went on trial in Izmir, Turkey. If convicted of the charges in the 62-page indictment filed by the prosecutor, Andrew could be sentenced to 35 years in prison. The indictment charges Brunson with helping terrorist organizations and of trying to convert Turks to Christianity.

In an effort to stand with and pray for the entire Brunson family, the EPC issued a Call to Prayer and Fasting for Sunday, April 15. The opening phase of the trial began at 9:00 a.m. local time in Turkey (2:00 a.m. EST), and lasted more than 12 hours.

A seven-day Prayer Guide designed for use in the week before the trial began is available by clicking here or on the image at right.

CALL TO PRAYER AND FASTING, OCTOBER 2017

On October 7, 2017, EPC teaching elder Andrew Brunson had been imprisoned in Turkey for one year. To mark the date, the denomination issued a Call to Prayer and Fasting for the weekend of October 7-8.

To help facilitate a corporate prayer, as well as individual prayer at any time, the bulletin inserts below offer Scripture prayers, as well as a specific prayer for the Brunson family. Each insert is in pdf format and designed to be printed on both front and back of standard 8.5x11 paper, then cut in half. The high-resolution versions are 300dpi CMYK files for commercial offset or digital printing; the low-resolution versions are 180dpi RGB format for printing on a laser or inkjet printer. For proper laser or inkjet printing, ensure your print settings are set to “Actual Size” and not “Fit.”

5.5″ x 8.5″

High-Resolution CMYK for commercial offset or digital printing. If your browser has the Adobe Acrobat plugin enabled, click here or on the image at left. The pdf file will open in a new window or tab in your browser. Right-click (Control-click on Mac) on the file and “Save As” to your designated location on your computer. If your browser does not have the Adobe Acrobat plugin (or if you are not sure), Right-Click (PC) or Control-Click (Mac) here or on the image at left, and select “Save Link As” to your designated location on your computer.

5.5″ x 8.5″

Low-Resolution RGB for color laser or inkjet printing. If your browser has the Adobe Acrobat plugin enabled, click here or on the image at left. The pdf file will open in a new window or tab in your browser. Right-click (Control-click on Mac) on the file and “Save As” to your designated location on your computer. If your browser does not have the Adobe Acrobat plugin (or if you are not sure), Right-Click (PC) or Control-Click (Mac) here or on the image at left, and select “Save Link As” to your designated location on your computer.

4.25″ x 11″

High-Resolution CMYK for commercial offset or digital printing. If your browser has the Adobe Acrobat plugin enabled, click here or on the image at left. The pdf file will open in a new window or tab in your browser. Right-click (Control-click on Mac) on the file and “Save As” to your designated location on your computer. If your browser does not have the Adobe Acrobat plugin (or if you are not sure), Right-Click (PC) or Control-Click (Mac) here or on the image at left, and select “Save Link As” to your designated location on your computer.

4.25″ x 11″

Low-Resolution RGB for color laser or inkjet printing. If your browser has the Adobe Acrobat plugin enabled, click here or on the image at left. The pdf file will open in a new window or tab in your browser. Right-click (Control-click on Mac) on the file and “Save As” to your designated location on your computer. If your browser does not have the Adobe Acrobat plugin (or if you are not sure), Right-Click (PC) or Control-Click (Mac) here or on the image at left, and select “Save Link As” to your designated location on your computer.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Thank you for praying for Andrew Brunson. We have been directed to remove any other public material regarding the situation. Contact Brian Smith, EPC Director of Communications, with any questions.

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