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Emmaus Bible College in Iowa Hosts Town Hall Tonight Featuring Presidential Candidate Ryan Binkley

As a pastor, Binkley shares many values with private Christian colleges and universities

DUBUQUE, IOWA (Oct. 23, 2023)–Presidential candidate Ryan Binkley is addressing issues related to freedom of expression and religious liberties as well as affordability and accessibility of higher education in front of a crowd of Christians gathering tonight for a Town Hall at Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa.

“Our nation was created by God to be this lamppost of freedom. We’re seeing our freedoms  come under attack. God spoke to me to run because he wants to brighten that lamppost,” said presidential candidate Ryan Binkley, the founder and lead pastor of Create Church and co-founder and CEO of mergers and acquisitions firm Generational Group. “We have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Let’s show our love for God by showing your love for your neighbor.”

Emmaus Bible College President Philip Boom and State Rep. Bill Gustoff will join Binkley for the Town Hall held in the David A Glock Auditorium of Emmaus Bible College, 2570 Asbury Road in Dubuque on Monday, October 23, at 6 p.m. CT.

“Emmaus Bible College has been teaching students for over 80 years and is an excellent venue for presidential candidates to share their thoughts in the 2024 Iowa Caucus cycle,” Boom said. 

“We welcome businessman, pastor and presidential candidate Ryan Binkley to answer questions from our students, faculty, staff and the local community on issues of importance to all citizens.”

The topics include the role of faith-based education to nurture students’ spiritual growth, character development, and critical thinking abilities while providing a strong academic foundation; policies that strengthen traditional family values, promote biblical marriage and sexuality, and protect the sanctity of life; the importance of training leaders who are guided by biblical principles and advocate for increased support and recognition of biblical studies as a vital academic discipline; and how to sell the value of private biblical higher education to a generation indoctrinated by STEM and workforce-ready secondary education curriculum that values wages over a life of service to both Christ and the world.

The Town Hall will also include questions about student loan forgiveness and policies that make biblical higher education affordable and accessible to all students in the face of inflation.

“Inflation is the biggest thing we’re facing everywhere we go,” Binkley said. “People ask me, what are you going to do? This is hurting everybody. I’m the CEO of an investment bank. I have a deep understanding of debt. The Fed keeps raising rates. We’re in a perfect storm. We have to navigate through this time. Be energy independent. Cut spending. Balance the budget. I put together a seven-year rescue plan to balance the budget. If we don’t do that, we’ll be known as the generation that prospered the most and sacrificed the least.”

As the only pastor in the field of candidates featured at Iowa’s top Republican presidential forums, Binkley has been calling for a spiritual revival in our country, and those calls have been resonating with a powerful and growing coalition of young people seeking a leader who embraces God and faith.

“A lot of young people have lost hope in politics in general. They just feel lied to,” said social media influencer Alan Rosas. “The title of Christian gets thrown around a lot. So I think it’s been really cool to share with the next generation about a leader like Ryan; he really fears the Lord. And you can see the fruit in his life, in his marriage, his family, his church, his business, the culture in his business. He’s the real deal.”

As the founder of The Way to Freedom nonprofit, Binkley has combined the wisdom of a businessman and the heart of a pastor to generate fresh, creative ideas to foster unity and solve our nation’s problems, including plans to transform healthcare, secure the U.S. border and tackle the federal debt.

Members of the media are invited to follow Binkley on the campaign trail, view his online press kit and schedule a one-on-one interview by contacting his campaign press office at or 214-494-1792.