Pastor Andrew Brunson's Ordeal in Turkey

An American pastor who for decades has been serving the Turkish people is now being held in prison in the Islamic nation on charges that he is a "threat to national security."

The American Center for Law and Justice, which has started several petitions for imprisoned Christians around the world, said on Wednesday that it is representing the family of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is a U.S. citizen from Black Mountain, North Carolina, as they seek to see him released from prison in Turkey.

"We are representing the family of an American pastor who is facing grave danger in a Turkish prison where he is being held simply because of his Christian beliefs," said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the ACLJ.