The Bible tells us that every human being has dignity and worth. From the tiniest unborn life to the elderly at the end of life, from immigrants and refugees to those trafficked against their will, all life is precious to God. Imagine what it would look like for Christians to come alongside the most vulnerable and to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. If you want to be a champion for life in your community and if you care about human dignity, join us at Evangelicals for Life.
Russell Moore serves as the eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.
A widely-sought cultural commentator, Dr. Moore has been recognized by a number of influential organizations. The Wall Street Journal has called him “vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate” while The Gospel Coalition has referred to him “one of the most astute ethicists in contemporary evangelicalism.”
Dr. Moore blogs frequently at his website RussellMoore.com, and hosts the podcast Signposts. In addition, he is the author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches.
An ordained minister, Dr. Moore has served as a pastor for a number of Southern Baptist churches—most recently serving as preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church from 2008-2012. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five boys.
Prior to his election to this role in 2013, Moore served as provost and dean of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also taught as professor of theology and ethics.Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman View Bio
Steven Curtis Chapman, Show Hope’s co-founder and Vice President, is an award winning singer/songwriter and recording artist with sales of over 11 million records. He has 48 No. 1 radio hits, an unprecedented 58 Dove Awards (more than any other artist), and numerous other accolades including music’s highest honor as a five time GRAMMY Award winner.
Steven is known for using his platform as a Christian music artist to help others, and Show Hope is a natural way of living out the faith he has so eloquently put to song. He has coauthored two books with Scotty Smith and three children’s books about adoption with Mary Beth. In 2017, Steven released his book, “Between Heaven and the Real World.”
Mary Beth Chapman is a New York Times’ bestselling author, speaker, and the wife of GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman. She is also the President of Show Hope, an internationally recognized voice for orphan advocacy that she and her husband co-founded, which has given more than 5,000 financial grants, affecting the lives of children from the U.S. and 57 other countries.
Steven and Mary Beth were married in October of 1984 and have six children – three biological children, Emily Chapman Richards (married to Tanner and mom to three daughters Eiley, Della, and Verity), Caleb Chapman (married to Julia and dad to son Noble and daughter Olive “Ollie”), and Will Franklin Chapman (married to indie artist Jillian Edwards and dad to daughter Willow Faye), and three daughters adopted from China, Shaohannah Hope, Stevey Joy and Maria Sue, who is now with Jesus. The Chapmans live in Franklin, Tennessee.Keith and Kristyn Getty View Bio
Keith and Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of music today as preeminent modern hymn writers. In re-inventing the traditional hymn form, they are creating and cultivating a catalogue of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing the genres of traditional, classical, folk and contemporary composition which are sung the world over. In 2017, Keith Getty was made
an “Officer of the Order of the British Empire” (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to “music and modern hymn writing,” marking the first time the award had been given to an individual involved in the world of contemporary church music. Keith and Kristyn Getty are the authors of “Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church,” published in 2017 by
B&H Publishing Group.
J.D. Greear is the pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
The Summit is characterized by its gospel focus and sending culture. As Pastor J.D. often says, “The gospel is not merely the diving board off of which we jump into the pool of Christianity, it’s also the pool itself.” The deeper we dive into the extravagant love of Christ, the more our lives will be filled with unquenchable joy, reckless generosity, and audacious faith.
Depth in the gospel also leads to width in the mission. Under Pastor J.D.’s leadership, the Summit has grown from a plateaued church of 300 to one of over 10,000, making it one of Outreach magazine’s “top 25 fastest-growing churches in America” for many years running.
Seating capacity, however, is not the church’s primary metric for success. Sending capacity is. Pastor J.D. has led the Summit in a bold vision to plant one thousand new churches by the year 2050. In the last 15 years, the church has sent out more than 1,000 people to live on church planting teams—in North Carolina, across the United States, and around the world.
Pastor J.D. Greear has authored several books, including Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems, Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send (2015), Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary (2011), Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved (2013), and Jesus, Continued … Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better Than Jesus Beside You (2014).
Pastor J.D. completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, writing on the correlations between early church presentations of the gospel and Islamic theology. Seeing Muslims come to faith in Christ has long been a burden of his, a burden that led him to serve in Southeast Asia with the International Mission Board.
Pastor J.D. is currently serving as the 62nd president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Pastor J.D. and his wife Veronica live in Raleigh. Together they are raising four ridiculously cute kids: Kharis, Alethia, Ryah, and Adon.David Platt View Bio
David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and president of Radical, a resource ministry that serves churches in accomplishing the mission of Christ. Resources from David Platt and Radical can be found at radical.net.
Books by David Platt include Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, and Counter Culture, as well as the following volumes in the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series: Exalting Jesus in Matthew, Exalting Jesus in James, Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, and Exalting Jesus in Galatians.
David Platt received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Along with his wife and four children, he lives in Washington D.C.Kristen Waggoner View Bio
Kristen K. Waggoner serves as Senior Vice President of the U.S. Legal Division and Communications and General Counsel (AZ) with Alliance Defending Freedom. She oversees ADF’s U.S. litigation, legislative support, and public advocacy. Since she assumed this role, ADF has prevailed as lead counsel in eight U.S. Supreme Court victories, including Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which she argued at the Supreme Court and won. She continues as lead counsel in Arlene’s Flowers v. State of Washington (wedding floral designer), which the Supreme Court remanded to the lower courts. She also served as counsel for the free speech victory that the Supreme Court handed down in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. Kristen clerked for Washington Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders. She was also a partner with Ellis, Li & McKinstry, a Seattle law firm. She is Peer Review Rated AV® PreeminentTM in Martindale-Hubbell. Kristen is a national speaker on legal and cultural issues and has appeared on FOX News, CNN, NBC, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC’s This Week, The View, and NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today Show. Kristen is admitted to practice in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Florida and many federal courts as well.Herbie Newell View Bio
Herbie Newell is the President/Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services and it’s ministry arms including (un)adopted, Crossings, and Lifeline Village. Herbie holds a Master’s degree in Accounting from Samford University. He joined the Lifeline staff in 2003 as Executive Director. From January 2004 – December 2008, he served as the president of the Alabama Adoption Coalition. Herbie was chosen as a Hague Intercountry Adoption evaluator and team leader by the Council of Accreditation and serves in that capacity currently. Under Herbie’s leadership, Lifeline has increased the international outreach to 23 countries, helped Lifeline attain membership in the ECFA (Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability), and led the creation of foster care ministry. Mr. Newell has been invited to speak regionally for many events concerning adoption and the church’s response to orphan care. He is a regular speaker for the National Council for Adoption, Christian Alliance for Orphans, Together for Adoption and Care-Net. Having witnessed the plight of older orphans on many trips overseas, Herbie’s burden for the fatherless was a catalyst for starting (un)adopted during 2009. He worked with WAKM Companies, LLC, a prominent accounting firm, for many years as an independent auditor before being led to Lifeline. He and his wife, Ashley, live in Birmingham, Alabama, and are parents to son, Caleb, and daughters Adelynn and Emily. During parts of May, June, and July of 2013, the Newell’s traveled for 7 weeks in China working hands-on with (un)adopted and orphanage partners.Joel Dillon View Bio
Joel A. Dillon is the President & CEO of Jill’s House, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to loving and serving families raising children with intellectual disabilities. Previously, he served as Associate VP of Development for Trinity International University/Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. His experience caring for “at-risk” children at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago, IL and living alongside adults with intellectual disabilities in a L’Arche community in Germany has deepened his commitment and passion for the mission and work of Jill’s House. Joel is a graduate of Wheaton College. He lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area with his wife, Hannah, and their two children, Lucy and Jonah.Amy Ford View Bio
Amy Ford is the Co-Founder and President of Embrace Grace, a non-profit that inspires and equips the church to love on single and pregnant young women and their families. She is also the author of A Bump in Life: True Stories of Hope & Courage during an Unplanned Pregnancy as well as Bump in Life Study Guide. Amy speaks nationally to a varied audiences including women’s ministry events, pro-life and adoption conferences, church leadership equipping and pregnancy center benefits.
Serving in Embrace Grace, she has countless stories of how churches, pregnancy centers and the body of Christ have come together to impact communities in a beautiful way.
She brings a fresh perspective of how one life can make a difference by stepping out of our comfort zones and just loving people. Amy delivers a combination of inspiration, authenticity, and depth to every event.
Amy has been married for over 20 years to her high school sweetheart, Ryan, and has 4 children. Her oldest son, Jess, is now at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and majoring in Ministry and Pastoral Leadership. Mackenzie is a Junior, Landry is in 6th grade and Judah Brave is in 1st grade. The Ford family resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.Afshin Ziafat View Bio
Afshin was born in Houston, Texas. He moved with his family to their native country of Iran when he was two years old. In the midst of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Afshin’s family moved back to Houston when he was six years old. In the second grade, he was given a Bible by a tutor who was teaching him the English language. He read that Bible 10 years later as a senior in high school and came to faith in Christ. His conversion to Christianity was only the beginning of his journey to understand what it would look like to follow Christ.
Ultimately, his family would disown him because of his faith in Christ. His story illustrates the call of Christ on each of our lives—to follow Him regardless of the cost. In so doing, Afshin found that the reward was greater than the cost. He found the life Christ had for him. Afshin says, “My story is not about a man’s faithfulness to God; it’s about God’s faithfulness to a man.” His story is one of hope and inspiration, which demonstrates the truth of Matthew 16: 25- that whoever loses his life for the sake of Christ will find it.
Afshin received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages degree from Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Currently, Afshin resides in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Meredith. He is the founder of Afshin Ziafat Ministries and travels nationally and internationally proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in churches, retreats, camps, conferences, and missions. Afshin speaks weekly at Truth Bible Study at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He also partners with Elam Ministries and travels into the Middle East regularly to train Iranian pastors. Afshin’s passion is to teach the Word of God as the authority and guide for life, to preach Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Redeemer of mankind, and to proclaim the love of Christ as the greatest treasure and hope in life.Daniel Darling View Bio
Dhati Lewis is the Lead Pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Georgia and the Vice President of Send Network with the North American Mission Board. He earned his Master of Arts in Cross Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary and most recently received his Doctorate of Ministry in Great Commission Mobilization from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is most passionate about making disciples, equipping urban leaders, and loving his family. On any given day you might find Dhati changing a plan, coaching his kids in basketball, or strategizing on a whiteboard. Dhati has seven beautiful children and is married to Angie, a discerning woman who empowers and encourages him to live fully out of his identity in Christ. He is the author of both the Bible Study and Book, Among Wolves: Disciple Making in the City.Mindy Belz View Bio
Mindy Belz is the senior editor of WORLD magazine. Writing for the publication since 1986, she has covered war in the Balkans, Sudan, Iraq, and Afghanistan—and has reported also from Nigeria, Syria, Turkey, Haiti, and elsewhere. Her reporting has been published overseas and in the United States in The Weekly Standard and other publications. She has appeared on Fox News, ABC News, and radio talk shows. Mindy is a contributing author of Sorrow and Blood: Christian Mission in Contexts of Suffering, Persecution, and Martyrdom and speaks frequently about persecution and survival in the Middle East. She enjoys engaging with younger audiences on a broad range of current events, as well as teaching journalism both abroad and closer to home under the auspices of the World Journalism Institute. Mindy worked on Capitol Hill and attended George Washington University, but for more than thirty years has lived in Asheville, NC, where she is a wife and mother of four children.Karen Ellis View Bio
Karen Ellis writes and lectures on theology, human rights, and global religious freedom. She is president and co-founder of the Makazi Institute, which trains and equips the next generation of cultural analysts. She’s a PhD candidate in missiology at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies in England. She also holds an MAR from Westminster Theological Seminary and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.Noe Garcia View Bio
Noe Garcia began his spiritual journey at age 18 and surrendered fully to God’s will for his life. He became the Senior Pastor at North Phoenix in 2016. Noe is a passionate preacher who loves challenging and encouraging people with God’s Word. He and his wife have 4 children.
Noe holds a Doctorate of Ministry and Executive Leadership degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelors of Kinesiology and a minor in Religion from East Texas Baptist University.Thabiti Anyabwile View Bio
Thabiti Anyabwile is one of the pastors for Anacostia River Church. He has served as an elder and pastor in churches in NC, DC and the Cayman Islands. After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the Washington DC area. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children. Thabiti is the author of several books, including The Life of God in the Soul of the Church; The Gospel for Muslims; What Is a Healthy Church Member?; The Decline of African-American Theology; and The Faithful Preacher. He blogs regularly at The Front Porch and Pure Church.Krissie Inserra View Bio
Krissie is an assistant teacher for Pre-K at Faith Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Krissie and her husband, Dean, have 2 sons, Tommy and Ty, and daughter Sally Ashlyn.Andrew Wood View Bio
Andrew Wood joined HOPE in 2015 seeking to impact this city, state, and country for the cause of life. In this role, he leads an impressive team of professionals who graciously serve the men and women that walk through the doors of HOPE.
As Executive Director, Andrew is also the chief spokesman for the organization, having been featured on WBIR, WVLT, WATE, Salem Radio Network, Cumulus Knoxville, March for Life, the ERLC, and Blue Ridge Broadcasting. Andrew also often speaks at churches and conferences promoting the Sanctity of Life.
You can find Andrew’s writings at the HOPE blog, March for Life, Care Net, Pregnancy Help News, Life News, Save the Storks, National Right to Life, and Speak for the Unborn. Andrew is also a host of a weekly podcast discussing pregnancy center work, legislative matters concerning life, and the work being done around the country for life.
Andrew married his wife, Erin, in 2006 and made Knoxville home in 2008.Rick Smith View Bio
Rick Smith is the Founder & President of Hope Story, an organization that promotes the beauty and value of all human life by providing hope and encouragement to families whose child has just received a Down syndrome. For over seven years Rick has created awareness about raising a Child with Down syndrome worldwide via his blog and social media channels. Rick’s passionate about helping people use their story to help make a difference in the lives of others. He lives in Dallas, TX with his wife of over a decade, Abbie, and his three children, Noah, Jaxten, and Koen.Raleigh Sadler View Bio
Raleigh Sadler has served in Christian ministry for the last 15 years. Currently, he is the founder and executive director of Let My People Go in NYC. His passion is to see the local church fight global injustices, like human trafficking, by loving those most vulnerable.
As a speaker, his work has taken him to universities and churches across the country speaking on how the christian faith frees us to explore justice and mercy in our communities. With that said, he believes that the church should be leading the way in the fight against human trafficking. With this message, he has worked with the Price of Life Invitational, New York City Urban Project, the MNYBA, the New York State Anti-trafficking Coalition, City Serve, as well as several other justice and mercy organizations. He believes it is the responsibility of the church to love those who are at risk of exploitation. His forth coming book, Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking (Broadman and Holman) will become available January 2019.Brad Hambrick View Bio
Brad serves as the Pastor of Counseling at The Summit Church in Durham, NC. He also serves as Instructor of Biblical Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, and has authored several books including Do Ask, Do Tell, Let’s Talk: Why and How Christians Should Have Gay Friends and God’s Attributes: Rest for Life’s Struggles.D.J. Jordan View Bio
D.J. Jordan worked in the United States Congress for ten years, most recently as the Communications Director for Senator James Lankford (Okla.). Prior to coming to Capitol Hill in 2008, he worked in broadcast journalism at CNN and then Fox News. D.J. now works for the Pinkston Group, a public relations firm in Alexandria, Virginia. He obtained a Bachelors of Science in Communications from Liberty University and a Masters in Public Management from The Johns Hopkins University. In 2016, D.J. completed a four-year term on the Virginia State Board of Social Services, which overseas the foster care system and welfare programs in Virginia. D.J. and his wife, Glorya, have four children, and have fostered and also adopted from foster care.Phillip Bethancourt View Bio
Phillip Bethancourt is Executive Vice President of the ERLC. He leads the ERLC team to develop innovative strategies to equip churches to address the key moral and ethical issues of the day. He completed an MDiv and PhD in Systematic Theology at Southern after attending Texas A&M University. Phillip and his wife, Cami, have been married since 2005, and have four boys.Elizabeth Graham View Bio
Elizabeth Graham serves as Director of Events. Her responsibilities include strategic planning related to events for the Executive team, project management, budget management and logistics. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is married to Richmond, and they have a son and a daughter.Steven Harris View Bio
Steven Harris serves as the Director of Advocacy, working out of the ERLC’s Washington office. In this role, he works with government leaders in the legislative and executive branches to advocate for the ERLC’s position on important issues, while also analyzing legislation and producing content for ERLC outlets. He holds a B.S. in Religion from Vanderbilt University, an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in Religion from Yale University. Steven lives in the D.C. metro area with his bride, Sunni, and son, Jude.Brent Leatherwood View Bio
Brent Leatherwood serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the ERLC. Before coming to the ERLC, he served as the executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party from December 2012 to December 2016, where he managed the organization’s campaign apparatus at the federal, state and local levels. He also worked on Capitol Hill as a senior legislative aide to former Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla. Brent and his wife Meredith have three children and are members The Church at Avenue South, a church plant of Brentwood Baptist Church, where Brent serves as a deacon.Trillia Newbell View Bio
Trillia Newbell is the Director of Community Outreach at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Trillia has a degree in political science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is currently pursuing her M.A. in biblical counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of two books, United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity and Fear and Faith. Trillia lives in the Nashville area with her husband Thern and their two children.Andrew Walker View Bio
Andrew Walker serves as the Director of Policy Studies at the ERLC. In his role, he researches and writes about human dignity, family stability, religious liberty, public theology, and the moral principles that support civil society. He also directs the ERLC’s Research Institute. Andrew is currently a Ph.D. student in Ethics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His first book with co-author Eric Teetsel is titled Marriage Is: How Marriage Transforms Society and Cultivates Human Flourishing (Nashville: B&H) and was published in June 2015. He is the editor alongside Russell Moore of the Gospel for Life series (B&H 2016). His most recent book, published in August 2017, is God and the Transgender Debate: What the Bible Actually Say About Gender Identity? He is married to Christian, and they have two daughters.Palmer Williams View Bio
Palmer Williams is a founding partner of The Peacefield Group, where she specializes in legal and policy analysis related to international human rights, sanctity of life, non-profit operations and government affairs. As a licensed attorney knowledgeable in international law, she has extensive experience advocating for human rights on the international stage, including at the United Nations. Additionally, she has worked with government agencies and faith-based organizations to launch statewide initiatives and grassroots organizing campaigns. Palmer assists clients in crafting messaging, long-term strategic planning and operationalizing their values.
She earned her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt Law School and her B.A. in Political Science and Community Development from Vanderbilt University. Palmer also spent several years living and serving in sub-Saharan Africa, working with grassroots NGOs serving vulnerable children and victims of the HIV epidemic. Palmer and her husband, Joseph, have two sons, and live in Nashville, TN.Travis Wussow View Bio
Travis Wussow serves as the Vice President for Public Policy and General Counsel at the ERLC. Travis led the ERLC’s first international office located in the Middle East prior to joining the Washington D.C. office. He received a B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. He and his wife, Katie, have two daughters.Chelsea Sobolik View Bio
Chelsea Patterson Sobolik serves as a Policy Director in the Washington, D.C. ERLC office. Previously, she worked in the U.S. House of Representatives on pro-life policies, domestic and international religious freedom, adoption, and foster care issues. Chelsea is the author of Longing for Motherhood – Holding onto Hope in the Midst of Childlessness. She has a B.A. in International Relations from Liberty University, and lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Michael.Joseph Williams View Bio
A Founding Partner of The Peacefield Group, Joseph Williams specializes in legal and policy analysis. Working to grow, organize, and activate millions of members of an international public interest legal organization, Joseph served on the executive strategy team handling constitutional litigation, media advocacy, digital fundraising, and grassroots organizing. With experience in government affairs on Capitol Hill, he is prepared to help you navigate legal and policy complexities so you can efficiently maximize your impact. As a licensed attorney with extensive experience in constitutional law, he helps clients navigate legislative and regulatory frameworks that impact their daily operations.
He earned his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt Law School and B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Vanderbilt University. Before beginning law school, he was a Teach For America corps member in Nashville, teaching high school history and government.
Joseph nerds out about education reform, sports trivia, true underdog stories, and Frank Capra-Jimmy Stewart films. Joseph and his wife, Palmer, have two sons, Jack and Henry, and live in Nashville, Tennessee.Lindsay Nicolet View Bio
Lindsay Nicolet serves as the Managing Editor of Content. She oversees the day-to-day management of our online content from the Nashville office. Lindsay completed her Master of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is married to Justin.Mike Glenn View Bio
Mike Glenn grew up in a good home and went to church with good people. He graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He’s pastored churches in South Carolina and Tennessee.
Mike met Jesus for the first time when he was about seven years old, and he’s kept meeting Jesus throughout his life. These became the most significant and impactful times of his life. It’s why he went to seminary. It’s why he loves the local church. Mike loves to tell people about who Jesus is, what He has done in his own life, and what He can do in the lives of other people. Living in relationship with Jesus Christ is the one thing that defines his ministry. Mike loves working with people to help them understand what the gospel means for them in their everyday lives.
Mike became the pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church in 1991. Under his leadership, the church has grown to a membership of over 10,000. Brentwood Baptist relocated to its present location in 2002 and became debt free in 2012. Mike has led Brentwood Baptist Church to begin a regional ministry called The Middle Tennessee Initiative. Since 2010, the church has grown from two campuses to seven located throughout Middle Tennessee.
Mike has served on various boards throughout his career, including the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, the Board of Trustees of Belmont University, and the Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Mike has written two books, In Real Time and The Gospel of Yes. He also writes on his blog, MikeGlennOnline.com and is a frequent contributor for the Jesus Creed blog on Patheos.com. You can follow Mike on Twitter @mikeglenn.
When he’s not at church, Mike is usually at home hanging out with Jeannie, his wife and best friend. He loves to read and enjoy nice dinners with friends. He and Jeannie have twin sons, two daughters-in-law, and two granddaughters.Lauren McAfee View Bio
Lauren McAfee serves as Corporate Ambassador for Hobby Lobby, and likes to think she is a professional fan of Museum of the Bible. She is a speaker, writer, connector, and brunch enthusiast with a heart to engage others in the Bible.
Originating from Oklahoma City, but having lived in Manhattan, her heart considers both places her “home” and she often commutes back and forth between the two. Lauren is committed to Jesus Christ and is happily married to her high school sweetheart Michael McAfee.Michael Wear View Bio
Michael Wear is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life. As one of President Obama’s “ambassadors to America’s believers” (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.
Today, Public Square Strategies LLC is a sought-after firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape.
Michael is the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. He also writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, USA Today, Relevant Magazine and other publications on faith, politics and culture. He serves on the national board of Bethany Christian Services, the nation’s largest adoption agency, and holds an honorary position at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Center for the Public Understanding of Religion. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Trinity Forum. Michael and his wife, Melissa, are both proud natives of Buffalo, New York. They now reside in Washington, D.C.Jill McElya View Bio
Jill McElya is Founder and President of Invisible Girl Project. Before founding IGP, she spent nearly ten years practicing law, in various roles—as a prosecuting attorney, a criminal defense attorney, and a human rights advocate. Jill received a B.A. in English from William Jewell College and her J.D. from the University of Missouri, Kansas-City, School of Law.
In January 2008, she moved to India to serve as the Deputy Director and Director of the Legal Department for the Chennai field office of an international human rights organization. In this capacity, she and her staff of Indian lawyers worked to rescue victims of bonded labor (slavery) and hold their perpetrators accountable through the public justice system. During that time, she had the privilege of working with Indian government officials, and she participated in training efforts for various level officials.
While living in India for two years, Jill and her husband, Brad learned of the practice of female gendercide (the systematic killing of females) and founded Invisible Girl Project (IGP). Their goal was (and remains) to come alongside Indian individuals and entities to help them in their efforts to fight gendercide. Jill has spoken extensively on the issue across the US, including testifying before Congress on the subject of “India’s Missing Girls.”
Jill lives with Brad and their two daughters in North Carolina.Nathan Lino View Bio
A fourth generation African, Pastor Nathan Lino was born in South Africa, where he lived until he was 11 years old. After his family immigrated to America, Nathan earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University and then his Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In addition to serving as the Senior Pastor of Northeast Houston Baptist Church since its inception in 2002, Nathan as served as the first Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and has served on the Board of Trustees of the International Mission Board (IMB).
Nathan and his wife, Nicole, have been married since 1999 and have four children.Emily Chapman Richards View Bio
Born and raised in Franklin, TN, Emily has enjoyed watching Show Hope, a nationally recognized voice for adoption advocacy and orphan care support work, grow from a dream in her parents’ heart to an organization that has helped thousands of children come to know the love of a family. Emily met her husband, Tanner, on a blind date at a local Starbucks. Married in 2008, Tanner and Emily are the proud parents to three beautiful ladies—Eiley, Della, and Verity.
After earning her BA in International Studies and Religion from Baylor University (‘07), Emily continued her education while living abroad, graduating from Queen’s University Belfast (‘12) with a Masters of Theology. Emily enjoys traveling and talking theology over a cup of coffee. She is a visionary and a dreamer, and has long remained a passionate advocate for adoption and orphan care efforts. Emily considers it an honor to serve alongside the Show Hope staff as the Executive Director.Scott James View Bio
Scott James is a pediatric physician and also serves as an Elder at The Church at Brook Hills. Scott is a Research Fellow of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, serves on Focus on the Family’s Physician Resource Council, and is a Fellow of the Center for Baptist Renewal. He is the author of two family worship books (The Expected One: Anticipating All of Jesus in the Advent and Mission Accomplished: A Two-Week Family Easter Devotional) as well as the illustrated children's book The Littlest Watchman. He and his wife, Jaime, have 4 children and live in Birmingham, AL.Briana Stensrud View Bio
Briana Stensrud, a pro-life advocate, writer and speaker, earned her Masters of Biblical & Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. As the former Director of Church Outreach & Sanctity of Human Life at Focus on the Family, Briana’s passion is to equip the Church to think Biblically and pragmatically about exercising a holistic and comprehensive pro-life worldview.Paul Akin View Bio
Dr. Paul Akin serves as Team Leader for New Missionary Sending at the International Mission Board (IMB). Paul possesses a rare combination of missionary field experience, elder and pastoral experience, and missions recruiting and sending in a local church setting. He has lived and worked among Muslims in Africa and the Middle East, trained and equipped missionaries in both local church and seminary contexts, and served alongside missionary teams in a variety of global cities. Over the last decade, Paul has helped mobilize scores of people to go serve Christ among the nations and has been actively engaged with the persecuted church around the world.
Paul earned a PhD in Applied Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, writing on missionary teams in global cities. Paul is married to Kari, and father of four children.Susie Hawkins View Bio
Susie Hawkins frequently speaks at women’s Bible studies, conferences or retreats and has been actively involved in women’s ministry for decades as a teacher, pastor’s wife, and volunteer. She is the coordinator of The Widow’s Might, a prayer ministry sponsored by GuideStone Financial Resources, that seeks to empower and encourage widows to pray for the ministry of Southern Baptists around the world. Hawkins is married to O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone (formerly the Annuity Board of the SBC) and is the mother of two married daughters and grandmother of six.
Kimberly Merida View Bio
Kimberly Merida is the mother of five internationally adopted children, four from Ukraine and one from Ethiopia. She and her husband, Tony, were a part of planting Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2011 where she now serves as Director for Worship Development. She is a musician and worship leader, playing regularly at Imago Dei and other events. Kimberly has advocated for various legislation on Capitol Hill with the International Justice Mission for several years and currently volunteers as the Advocacy Coordinator on the IJM Raleigh Team. She speaks at various women’s conferences and justice ministry events. You can also follow her @shownmercy on Instagram or @KimMerida on Twitter. On occasion she blogs at www.shownmercy.blogspot.com.Heather Rice-Minus View Bio
Heather Rice-Minus serves as vice president of government affairs at Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families. She is a powerful, knowledgeable voice articulating the case for restorative criminal justice solutions.
As leader of Prison Fellowship’s policy staff, Rice-Minus directs lobbying, research, and legislative campaigns on pivotal criminal justice issues at the state and federal levels. She also spearheads its efforts to build coalitions with advocacy groups, think tanks, faith-based organizations, and other key stakeholders in Washington, D.C.
Rice-Minus has contributed to stories about criminal justice reform in outlets including Slate, CBN News, PBS’ Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, and WORLD magazine. She is the co-author of Prison Fellowship’s Bible study curriculum, “Outrageous Justice.” A valued shaper of the criminal justice reform debate because of her wide-ranging policy expertise, Rice-Minus is also personally vested in justice reform as someone who has both been a victim of crime and walked alongside a family member during his incarceration.
A native of Virginia, Rice-Minus resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter. Prior to her tenure at Prison Fellowship, she managed advocacy efforts on behalf of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. She is a graduate of George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School and Colorado State University. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.Daryl Crouch View Bio
After almost 20 years in ministry, Daryl came to Green Hill Church in April 2012. He has served churches in Texas and East Tennessee. He completed Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from UT Chattanooga, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Deborah and they have 4 children.Kelly Rosati View Bio
Kelly M. Rosati, J.D., is the CEO of KMR Consulting and a nationally recognized child advocate. Ms. Rosati is a frequent public speaker, author, and consultant to clients on a variety of issues including adoption, foster care, child protection, faith outreach, human dignity, and mental health care. Her clients include Washington D.C. and Colorado Springs, CO based Foundations as well as a variety of non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. In her previous role, she served as the Vice President of Advocacy for Children at Focus on the Family. While there she co-foundered their Wait No More program where she helped recruit thousands of adoptive families across the U.S. for waiting kids in foster care. The Wait No More program was recognized for its excellence by the White House and Ms. Rosati has testified before Congress about foster care and adoption.
Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Denver Post, New York Daily News, Christianity Today, Honolulu Star Bulletin, and numerous TV and radio stations nationwide.
She also served for 10 years as the Executive Director of Hawaii Family Forum where she advocated for children and families in the legislature and media. In that role, she was named by the Honolulu Star Bulletin as one of “Ten Who Made a Difference” for the state in 2000 for her role in changing Hawaii’s law to better protect minors from adult exploitation. During that time, she was also appointed by Hawaii’s Governor to serve on the Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund where she became its chair-elect before moving with her family to Colorado.
Ms. Rosati received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. She received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Ms. Rosati and her husband adopted their four children from the foster care system in Hawaii. They live on a ranch with their horses east of Colorado Springs, CO.Danny Huerta View Bio
As vice president of the Parenting and Youth department Danny oversees Focus’ initiatives that equip parents to disciple and mentor the next generation, so that they can thrive in Christ. He is a bilingual, licensed clinical social worker. For many years, he has provided families with practical parenting advice. He specializes as a counselor and spokesperson in the treatment of ADHD, conflict resolution, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, communication, media discernment, the brain and healthy sexuality.Paul Martin View Bio
Paul Martin is the senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario. After leading the plant in 2000, he was involved in helping three other churches start in the city. He hopes to be involved in launching many more. His passion for training leaders has led him to teach at local seminaries, as well as oversee a long-standing mentoring program for potential future pastors. His love for the kind of Gospel cooperation modelled by his hero, George Whitefield, inspired his work with the Grace Connexion, the Hogtown Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship, the Toronto Gospel Alliance, 9Marks, and The Gospel Coalition Canada. His zeal for the preaching of God’s Word has led to work with The Charles Simeon Trust. His affection for the disabled community, especially after disability entered his family through his son, has given him opportunities to speak for The Elisha Foundation and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. It also prompted his zeal to protect the unborn and work closely with a local pregnancy care centre. He has been married to Susan for more than twenty-five years and loves to spend time with her and their four children.Tony Merida View Bio
Tony Merida is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. He also serves as Associate Professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. His books include Faithful Preaching, Orphanology, Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down, Proclaiming Jesus, and eight volumes in the new Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series (B&H), of which he also serves as a general editor, along with Danny Akin and David Platt.
He is happily married to Kimberly; and they have five adopted children.Julie Warren View Bio
Julie Warren is a graduate of Marshall University and of Regent University School of Law. She also attended Georgetown Law Center as a visiting student. While in law school, she clerked on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Julie served four years at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. After a few years in private practice as a civil defense litigator, Julie returned to public service and began her work in the Office of the West Virginia Attorney General where she primarily served as an appellate advocate for the State of West Virginia and as legislative counsel to the Attorney General.Benjamin Mast View Bio
Dr. Benjamin Mast is a professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Calvin College and went on to get his PhD from Wayne State University. Dr. Mast’s research interests include dementia, late life depression, geriatric assessment, person-centered perspectives on Alzheimer’s disease. He is the author of a new book, entitled Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel in Alzheimer’s Disease (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan). He is also Co-Editor in Chief of the forthcoming American Psychological Association Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology and the author of Whole Person Dementia Assessment (Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press) and Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia (Boston, MA: Hogrefe Press).Matt Lewis View Bio
Matt Lewis is a conservative writer and senior columnist for The Daily Beast. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, GQ, The Washington Post, The Week, Roll Call, Politico, The Telegraph, The Independent, and The Guardian. He previously served as senior contributor for The Daily Caller, and before that, as a columnist for AOL’s Politics Daily. Lewis dissects the day’s issues in conversation with other thinkers, authors, and newsmakers on his podcast Matt Lewis and the News, and co-hosts The DMZ Show with liberal pundit Bill Scher. He is a political commentator for CNN, has appeared on C-SPAN, PBS NewsHour, ABC’s “Nightline,” HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” and has contributed to radio outlets including NPR and the BBC.Kevin Malone View Bio
Kevin Malone, named “The Best General Manager in the Game” in 1995, retired from professional baseball in 2001 after an illustrious 17 year career in which his teams earned a World Championship and several trips to the post-season. Major League Baseball Hall of Fame General Manager Pat Gillick stated the following about Kevin, “he is a dedicated, loyal, hard-working guy who is also a visionary. He always had something on his mind to make us (the Baltimore Orioles) better. He was not only loyal, but he was somebody who pushed the people around him to be better.” Kevin is known as a “rebuilder.” His leadership, attention to detail, team building skills, management expertise and well known work ethic helped him in restoring three different franchises to prominence. Kevin is an experienced winner and has the innate ability to effectively communicate and execute his formulas.
Malone, a human trafficking “abolitionist” uses his talents, experiences and relationships to fight for the eradication of child sex slavery. Kevin is the Founder and Executive Director of Protect The P.A.T.H. (People Against Trafficking Humans), and President/Co-Founder of the United States Institute Against Human Trafficking. Both are ministries dedicated and committed to ending the sex slavery of minors in American cities, communities and neighborhoods. Each ministry seeks to bring awareness, prevention, rescue assistance and restoration to children. The model implemented is a proven, evidence based approach that utilizes collaboration among experienced leaders, experts, survivors, professionals and service providers in all sectors of human trafficking to battle America’s “slave problem.” Malone believes that all people are called to seek justice, rescued the oppressed and defend the orphan. He likes to quote Edmund Burke, “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing!”
Kevin played baseball at the University of Louisville, where he is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 1980 earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Administration. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians, Malone played one season in the NY-Penn League. In 1985, after working towards his Master’s Degree in Theology at Tennessee Temple Theological Seminary, Kevin joined the California Angels as part of the scouting and player development team. He also had stints with the Montreal Expos and Minnesota Twins, where he won a World Series ring as the Advance Scout for the exciting 1991 World Series defeating the Atlanta Braves. Kevin was named the General Manager of the Montreal Expos in 1994. Under his guidance, the Expos rose to national prominence and, in the strike shortened 94’ season, finished with the best record (74-40) in Major League Baseball.
In 1996, Kevin was named the Assistant General Manager of the Baltimore Orioles and helped assemble a club that advanced to the American League Championships in both 1996 and 1997. Kevin retired in 2001 from Major League Baseball after three years as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since retiring, Kevin worked for Fox Sports (Baseball Analyst) and ESPN’s Baseball Tonight (Trade Analyst). After three years of serving at The Master’s College in Los Angeles, Kevin in 2005 began a start-up business venture as an owner of the new Mercedes-Benz of Valencia.
Malone is actively involved in numerous ministry and charitable organizations including; L.A. Dream Center, Florida Dream Center, F.A.C.E.S.S, Inner City Visions (providing gang communities help), and Hope for Israel. Kevin was an Executive Producer on two films and also helped create the ‘Shawn Movie’ the film about his son’s miraculous healing from a traumatic brain injury. In February, 2015 Kevin became an ordained minister. He has been married to Marilyn for 35 years. They relocated to Las Vegas from L.A. in Feb. 2018 to fight child sex slavery. They have two children, Shannon and Shawn.Dana Hecht View Bio
Dana serves as the Vice President of Family Support at Jill’s House.Jenny Yang View Bio
Jenny Yang is the Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief, where she provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions at World Relief. She has worked in the Resettlement section of World Relief as the Senior Case Manager and East Asia Program Officer, where she focused on advocacy for refugees in the East Asia region and managed the entire refugee caseload for World Relief. Prior to World Relief, she worked at one of the largest political fundraising firms in Maryland managing fundraising and campaigning for local politicians. She is co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate, serves as Chair of the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) Africa Work Group, and was named one of the “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today.Kevin Theriot View Bio
Kevin Theriot, Esq., serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is vice president of the Center for Life.
Since joining ADF in 2003, Theriot has been successful as lead counsel or co-counsel in numerous cases preserving religious freedom. In American Atheists v. City of Detroit Downtown Development, he defended the freedom of churches to participate in a city improvement program. In Children First Foundation v. Martinez, he received a favorable ruling eliminating unconstitutional discrimination against “Choose Life” auto license plates. He also successfully defended the First Amendment freedom of federal employees to express their faith at work in Lister v. Defense Logistics Agency.
Theriot earned his J.D. in 1991 from Vanderbilt University Law School. He is admitted to the bar in the states of Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, and Arizona. He is also a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Circuits, and numerous other federal courts.
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