Girien (pronounced “Gideon”) Salazar of Houston is executive director of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and the Faith and Education Coalition and a minister at El Tabernaculo Church. He volunteers as a board member for the Latin American Heritage Society, and previously as president of the City of Houston Super Neighborhood 34 and board member for San Antonio Parks and Recreation. In 2019, Girien was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the OneStar National Service Commission Board. Girien received a Bachelor of Science in Church Ministry and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University. He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy Reserves.
Girien is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics, clergy political engagement, Hispanic education, and issues of mercy, freedom, justice, and peace. He hopes to inspire and cultivate Spirit-filed servant-leaders to engage with and lead at all levels of civic and political institutions.