DISTINGUISHED SENIOR FELLOWS
The Honorable<br>Gary Bauer

The Honorable
Gary Bauer

Gary L. Bauer is a leading spokesman for traditional conservative values of smaller government, a strong national defense and strong families.

Bauer served eight years in the Reagan Administration, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan's Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.  After leaving the Reagan White House, Bauer became President of the Family Research Council and a Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family. 

Bauer took his pro-family, pro-life message across the country during the 2000 Republican presidential primaries and debates.  Today, Bauer serves as President of American Values, Chairman of Campaign for Working Families PAC and Director of Christians United For Israel Action Fund.

Bauer received his law degree from Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C.  He has authored several books, including Children At Risk, co-written with Dr. James Dobson.  

Mr. William J. Federer

Mr. William J. Federer

William J. Federer, Senior Fellow with the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, is a nationally known speaker and best-selling author of over 20 books. His America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations has sold over a half-million copies. Bill's Faith in History television program airs daily on the TCT Network and via DirectTV. His American Minute radio feature is broadcasted on hundreds of stations daily.

A former U.S. Congressional Candidate, Bill has appeared on: CSPAN, FOX, CBN, The Blaze, NPR, Focus on the Family, Salem Radio Network, Bott Radio Network, American Family Radio, and others. He has been quoted or referenced in USA Today, Human Events, New York Times, Washington Times, Washington Post, WND.com and others.

Some of his other books include: Backfired-A nation born for religious tolerance no longer tolerates the religion of its founders; What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur'an-A History of Islam & the United States; Three Secular Reasons Why America Should be Under God.

Dr. George Grant

Dr. George Grant

Dr. George Grant is the Pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church, Director of the King's Meadow Study Center, Founder of both Franklin Classical School and New College Franklin, and Coordinator of the Chalmers Fund.  He is the author of dozens of books in the areas of history, biography, politics, literature, and social criticism and he has written hundreds of essays, articles, and columns.

His work on behalf of the homeless, for international relief and development, for racial reconciliation, and for the sanctity of life has been profiled in such varied media outlets as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Focus on the Family, The 700 Club, the Coral Ridge Hour, Point of View, Crossfire, World Magazine, and Christianity Today.

He has pioneered efforts to establish Classical Christian Schools in the US around the world—particularly in the Muslim world (with five large and thriving schools in Iraq, twenty in Indonesia, and three in China).

He has academic degrees in Political Science at the University of Houston (B.A.), Philosophy at Whitefield Theological Seminary (M.A., D.Litt., Ph.D.), Humanities at Belhaven College (D. Hum.), and Theology at Knox Theological Seminary (D.Min. Cand.).

Dr. Richard Land

Dr. Richard Land

Prior to becoming the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in 2013, Richard Land served as the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Currently, he serves as the Executive Editor of The Christian Post.

Dr. Land was appointed to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2001 and was subsequently reappointed to three additional terms of service through 2012. In 2007, The Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement was established by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where Dr. Land is a Visiting Professor. Dr. Land also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. In 2012 Dr. Land received The Champions of Justice Award, presented by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (also known as the Hispanic Evangelical Association).

Dr. Richard Land is a well-respected commentator on issues related to religion, politics, history and culture, and has appeared in thousands of media interviews in most major media outlets over the course of his career.

Dr. Jeff Myers

Dr. Jeff Myers

Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries, a highly respected worldview training program whose tens of thousands of graduates are making a difference in politics, law, academics, medicine, science, and business. In the last 20 years Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development.

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational young leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.”

Through his appearances on Fox News and other media programs, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and teaches leadership courses through Lumerit and Belhaven University.

Mr. Craig Parshall

Mr. Craig Parshall

Craig Parshall is Special Counsel to the American Center for Law and Justice where he focuses on Supreme Court cases and Capitol Hill issues. He was the founding Director of a pioneering project advocating Internet free speech during his previous tenure as Sr. Vice-President & General Counsel for National Religious Broadcasters.

He has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives on constitutional and First Amendment matters and before the Federal Communications Commission on media and broadcasting rules.

A best-selling fiction author of 13 suspense novels, Craig weaves-in faith themes that intersect law, culture, and technology. On the nonfiction side, Craig is a current affairs columnist and will make the legal case for the existence of the State of Israel as a contributing author in an upcoming book scheduled for release in 2018. 

Mrs. Janet Parshall

Mrs. Janet Parshall

Janet Parshall has been broadcasting from the nation’s capital for over two decades.  Her passion is to “equip the saints” through intelligent conversation based on biblical truth.  Her program, along with her radio commentary, is heard on over 800 stations, from Guam to the Cayman Islands.  When she is not behind her microphone, Janet is speaking across the country on issues impacting Christians.  She has authored several books, including her latest, Buyer Beware: Finding Truth in the Marketplace of Ideas.  

Dr. John B. Sorensen

Dr. John B. Sorensen

John Sorensen is the President and CEO of Evangelism Explosion International, a ministry dedicated to equipping and training believers worldwide to witness for Jesus Christ. The impact of EE is global and growing. Millions of Christians have been trained to share Christ since its founding in 1962, and it is now used in every nation on earth.

Before being called into ministry full-time with Evangelism Explosion, John worked on regional and national TV and radio ads, and sound design for films. John was honored with numerous local, regional, and national awards.

John served as the Director of Marketing, Vice President of Ministry Advancement, and Executive Vice President before being appointed President in 2008, an office held previously only by EE’s founder, Dr. D. James Kennedy. John is the author of Well Done: A Christian Doctrine of Works, written in collaboration with Dr. D. James Kennedy, and, Your Story Counts: Sharing The Most Important Story of Your Life.

John received a Master of Arts in Evangelism and Doctor of Divinity from Knox Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Montreat College.

Dr. Carol Swain

Dr. Carol Swain

Dr. Carol M. Swain is an award-winning political scientist, a former professor of political science and professor of law at Vanderbilt University, and a lifetime member of the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars affiliated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

Before joining Vanderbilt in 1999, Dr. Swain was a tenured associate professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Swain is passionate about empowering others to raise their voices in the public square. She is an author, public speaker, and political commentator. She has a B.A., Roanoke College; M.A., Virginia Polytechnic & State Univ.; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and M.S.L, Yale. In October 2012, Professor Swain launched the Be The People TV Show under the auspices of Eagle Wings Media, LLC.

Dr. Swain’s commentary on current social and political issues can be heard nationally on Bott Radio and American Family Radio’s Two Minutes to Think About it with Dr. Carol M. Swain.

Dr. Del Tackett

Dr. Del Tackett

Dr. Del Tackett is former president of the Focus on the Family Institute and a former Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family. He is also the creator of Focus on the Family's The Truth Project—a nationwide initiative designed to bring the Christian worldview to the body of Christ.

An adjunct professor at New Geneva Theological Seminary and Summit Ministries, Dr. Tackett served more than 20 years in the United States Air Force. During the George H. W. Bush administration, he served at the White House, where he was appointed by President Bush as the director of technical planning for the National Security Council.

Dr. Tackett later served in various senior analyst and manager capacities at Kaman Sciences Corporation and ITT Industries. As a professor, Dr. Tackett has taught more than 30 undergraduate and graduate courses at three different institutions, over a 12 year period. He is also an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. Dr. Tackett holds three earned degrees (D.M., Colorado Technical University; M.S., Auburn University; B.S., Kansas State University).

Dr. Frank Wright

Dr. Frank Wright

After 22 years of work on or related to Capitol Hill, Dr. Wright returned to Fort Lauderdale in 2015, where he serves a President & Chief Exec­utive Officer of Coral Ridge Ministries Media, the parent and sponsor­ing organization of the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Leadership. Having been led to personal faith in Jesus Christ through the ministry of Dr. Kennedy, Dr. Wright served at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church both as a staff member and Elder.

His prior leadership service includes being founding Executive Director of the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, President & CEO of the National Religious Broadcast­ers, and President & COO of the Salem Media Group. The primary focus of his ministry career has been equipping leaders for future service and defending religious freedom at every level of the public policy process. Frank received his doctorate in Business Adminis­tration (Finance) from Florida Atlantic University.

VISITING FACULTY & SPEAKERS
Dr. Ryan T. Anderson

Dr. Ryan T. Anderson

Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey.

Anderson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and he received his doctoral degree in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Anderson is a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University, a Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America, and a Visiting Fellow at the Veritas Center at Franciscan University.

His research has been cited by two U.S. Supreme Court justices, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, in two Supreme Court cases.

Anderson has made appearances on ABC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox News. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard Health Policy Review, The Weekly Standard, and National Review.
Mr. David Barton

Mr. David Barton

David Barton heads WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage.

David is the author of numerous best-selling books, with the subjects being drawn largely from his massive library-museum of tens of thousands of original writings, documents, and artifacts from early America. He also addresses well over 400 groups each year. His exhaustive research has rendered him an expert in historical and constitutional issues.

He serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators, has participated in several cases at the Supreme Court, has been involved in the development of social studies standards for numerous states, and has helped produce some popular history textbooks now used in schools across the nation. A national news organization has described him as “America’s historian,” and Time Magazine called him “a hero to millions – including some powerful politicians.” In fact, Time Magazine named him as one of Ameriac’s 25 most influential evangelicals.

The Honorable<br>Gary Bauer

The Honorable
Gary Bauer

Gary L. Bauer is a leading spokesman for traditional conservative values of smaller government, a strong national defense and strong families.

Bauer served eight years in the Reagan Administration, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan's Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.  After leaving the Reagan White House, Bauer became President of the Family Research Council and a Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family. 

Bauer took his pro-family, pro-life message across the country during the 2000 Republican presidential primaries and debates.  Today, Bauer serves as President of American Values, Chairman of Campaign for Working Families PAC and Director of Christians United For Israel Action Fund.

Bauer received his law degree from Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C.  He has authored several books, including Children At Risk, co-written with Dr. James Dobson.  

Dr. E. Calvin<br>Beisner

Dr. E. Calvin
Beisner

E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., Founder and National Spokesman of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, is a theologian/apologist who specializes in the application of Biblical worldview, theology, and ethics to economics, environment, and public policy. Former Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Social Ethics at Knox Theological Seminary and of Interdisciplinary Studies at Covenant College, he is the author of 12 books and thousands of articles, scholarly.

He has testified as an expert witness on the ethics and economics of climate and energy policy before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and spoken on those and other topics at conferences, universities, schools, and churches around North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

His Ph.D. in history focused on the political thought of the Scottish Covenanters and its influence of America’s founders. His M.A. is in economic ethics, and his B.A. in interdisciplinary studies in religion and philosophy.

Rachel Bovard

Rachel Bovard

Rachel Bovard is the Senior Director of Policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute. She  has over a decade of experience fighting for conservative policies in Washington. Beginning in 2006, she served in both the House and Senate in various roles including as legislative director for Senator Rand Paul, where she led Paul’s Congressional Review Act effort against President Obama’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule, a regulation estimated to cost energy companies $120 billion per year. She also managed Paul’s 13-hour talking filibuster against the nomination of former CIA Director John O. Brennan in 2013.  

Bovard went on to serve as policy director for the Senate Steering Committee under the successive chairmanships of Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), where she advised Committee members on strategy related to floor procedure and policy matters. In the House, she worked as senior legislative assistant to Congressman Donald Manzullo (R-IL), and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX). She also served as director of policy services for The Heritage Foundation.

In 2013, she was named one of National Journal’s Most Influential Women in Washington under 35. Her policy analysis and punditry have appeared in The Hill, Real Clear Policy, the Boston Herald, the Sacramento Bee, the Daily Signal and Conservative Review, among others, and she has done multiple radio and television appearances including on MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business, EWTN and National Public Radio.

She received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in history and political science at Grove City College in 2006. She also holds a master’s degree in professional studies from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.
Mrs. Shannon D. Bream

Mrs. Shannon D. Bream

Shannon Bream is the anchor of Fox News @ Night and Chief Legal Correspondent for the Fox News Channel. She's covered numerous political campaigns, landmark Supreme Court decisions and Washington scandals. 

Before entering the world of media, she was a lawyer specializing in race discrimination and sexual harassment cases. She is a Honors graduate of the Florida State University College of Law and obtained her B.S. in Business Management magna cum laude from Liberty University.

She and her husband, Sheldon, enjoy traveling, fly fishing and they're a tad obsessive about college football.
Mr. Matt Buckham

Mr. Matt Buckham

Matt Buckham is the Program Coordinator at the Conservative Partnership Institute. He came to the Hill in 2011 to fight for freedom after the passage of Obamacare. As a student of Austrian free market economics at Grove City College, he was armed with the principle that liberty brings the greatest prosperity. His first job was working as an intern in the Senate Steering Committee where he quickly learned of the appropriations cycle and reckless government spending. He later joined the legislative staff of Senator Jim DeMint where he worked on domestic policy issues.

In 2013, Buckham left the Senate to work at The Heritage Foundation in a role that would allow him promote conservative policy ideas through the education of Members and their staff. During this time he ran multiple Hill staff working groups, including two on healthcare focused on the need to repeal Obamacare. He is deeply passionate about bringing conservatives together to equip them with the skills, knowledge, and relationships necessary to secure conservative policy victories.

Buckham worked for the House Freedom Caucus in their first year as a policy and communications advisor. In this role he helped define and communicate the Caucus’ position on defunding Planned Parenthood, and daily assisted staff with navigating House rules and floor procedure. His love for preparing the conservative movement for battle led him back to The Heritage Foundation where he spent the last year working to better equip both the Hill and coalition partners. During this time he was able to assist President Trump’s transition team by placing conservatives in key positions within the administration through the personnel team.
Ed Corrigan

Ed Corrigan

Ed Corrigan has over 25 years of leadership experience on Capitol Hill and in the conservative movement.  In 2009, GQ magazine named Corrigan to its list of “50 Most Powerful People in DC.”  He was tapped by the Trump Transition to lead the personnel selection process for all domestic policy departments, placing hundreds of conservatives in key administrative positions. 

Known for his passion to build the conservative movement, he works with the Conservative Action Project and serves on the board of the Leadership Institute. Corrigan previously served in senior roles in the U.S. Senate. From 2003 through 2012, he was executive director of the Senate Steering Committee, the caucus of conservative senators, under two chairmen -- Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). He served again at Steering as executive director under Chairman Mike Lee (R-UT) during the Spring of 2017.

He got his start on Capitol Hill as an intern on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC). From 1991 to 2003, he served in various capacities, including legislative director, in the office of Senator Bob Smith (R-NH). In 2011, Corrigan received the Weyrich Award for Capitol Hill Staffer of the Year, an honor named after former Hill aide Paul M. Weyrich, who became the first president of The Heritage Foundation. In 2013, Corrigan was named Heritage Foundation’s group vice president for policy promotion, which worked to advance conservative policy on Capitol Hill and in the conservative movement.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 
Ms. Jana Daley

Ms. Jana Daley

Jana joined The Buckley School of Public Speaking in 2000 with an abundance of real world experience in public speaking, working with the media, and managing crisis communication. She began her career as a healthcare attorney with an Atlanta law firm. She then served as CEO for City Year, a non-profit organization modeled after the Peace Corps that promotes youth leadership through service.

Along with teaching at The Buckley School, Jana has worked as an advisor for state education programs and national non-profit health organizations, facilitating board retreats and developing strategic plans. A former international board member for the Junior League, she’s a popular conference presenter on public speaking and media relations. She’s also a debate enthusiast and volunteers as a coach with youth debate teams, in addition to teaching Latin courses for high school students.

Mr. Chuck Doran

Mr. Chuck Doran

Chuck Doran is a senior negotiation instructor and mediator with MWI in Boston. Since 1994, Chuck has worked nationally and internationally with a variety of professionals to diagnose and resolve negotiation challenges across multiple industries including financial/consulting, healthcare, government and high tech.

Chuck has served as a teaching assistant to Professor Roger Fisher at PON’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers Negotiation Workshop on multiple occasions. In 2007, Chuck led the design and delivery of a world-wide role out for Analog Devices with workshops in Tokyo, Munich, Paris, Boston, San Jose, Shanghai and Taipei.

In addition to his work as a negotiation trainer and consultant, Chuck has mediated thousands of business, commercial, employment and workplace cases since 1992. He is a member of the CPR Dispute Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and has provided mediation and other ADR services to a variety of clients including AT&T, Bose, BMW of North America, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Oxfam America, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), and the USPS REDRESS I and REDRESS II Mediation Panels.

Chuck completed a Specialization in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School and served as a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution as Chair of the Qualifications Subcommittee. Chuck is a past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution, New England Chapter. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Advisory Group and is a past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution, New England Chapter.

Chuck is also a Distinguished Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators (IAM) and the Vice President of IAM's Board of Governors.

Professor Daniel Dreisbach

Professor Daniel Dreisbach

Professor Daniel Dreisbach earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. His principal research interests include American constitutional law and history, First Amendment law, church-state relations, and criminal procedure. He has authored or edited ten books and numerous articles in scholarly journals.

Among the courses he teaches are Introduction to Law, American Legal Culture, Issues in Civil Justice, Law and Religion, and the Constitution and Criminal Procedure. Professor Dreisbach is a past recipient of American University’s highest faculty award: Scholar/Teacher of the Year. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from the University of South Carolina.

The Honorable<br>Becky Norton Dunlop

The Honorable
Becky Norton Dunlop

Becky Norton Dunlop, a prominent leader, strategist, and counselor in the conservative movement, is The Heritage Foundation’s Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow.

Dunlop joined the think tank in 1998 and holds the only policy chair in the country to be officially named for the 40th president, succeeding Ed Meese.

Dunlop oversees special projects, travels as an ambassador for Heritage, and works tirelessly to assure that the legacy of principles, policies, and practices represented by the life and service of Ronald Reagan remain in the hearts and minds of Americans. 

Previously, Dunlop was Heritage’s vice president for external relations from 1998 until May 2016.  She served on the Trump Transition team. Dunlop was a senior official in the Reagan administration from 1981-1989 inside the White House, at the Justice Department, and at the Interior Department.

She served from 1994-1998 as Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Cabinet of then-Virginia Gov. George Allen.

Mr. William J. Federer

Mr. William J. Federer

William J. Federer, Senior Fellow with the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, is a nationally known speaker and best-selling author of over 20 books. His America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations has sold over a half-million copies. Bill's Faith in History television program airs daily on the TCT Network and via DirectTV. His American Minute radio feature is broadcasted on hundreds of stations daily.

A former U.S. Congressional Candidate, Bill has appeared on: CSPAN, FOX, CBN, The Blaze, NPR, Focus on the Family, Salem Radio Network, Bott Radio Network, American Family Radio, and others. He has been quoted or referenced in USA Today, Human Events, New York Times, Washington Times, Washington Post, WND.com and others.

Some of his other books include: Backfired-A nation born for religious tolerance no longer tolerates the religion of its founders; What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur'an-A History of Islam & the United States; Three Secular Reasons Why America Should be Under God.

Mr. Frank Gaffney

Mr. Frank Gaffney

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. is Founder, President, and CEO of the Center for Security Policy, a not-for-profit, non-partisan educational corporation established in 1988. Under Mr. Gaffney’s leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. He hosts Secure Freedom Radio, an hour-long, nationally syndicated program that airs every weeknight. His daily Secure Freedom Minute commentaries are heard on 200 stations coast-to-coast.

Under President Ronald Reagan, he acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. He served as chairman of the High Level Group (NATO’s senior politico-military committee) and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy under Assistant Secretary Richard Perle. He was also a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Mr. Gaffney received a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Mr. David C. Gibbs III

Mr. David C. Gibbs III

Attorney David Gibbs III, president and chief legal counsel for the National Center for Life and Liberty, is an internationally known constitutional attorney who has been fighting for life and liberty on a multitude of fronts for over 20 years. A masterful trial litigator, Attorney Gibbs defends and protects the religious and free speech rights of ordinary citizens all across this country.

He conducts powerful legal seminars every year designed to assist churches and other non-profit ministries understand the ins and outs of the most important and pressing legal issues facing them today, including the LGBTQ agenda, child abuse prevention, counseling liability, and many others.

As a trial attorney, he fights to protect the sanctity of life from conception to natural death and the religious freedom rights of those who believe in traditional, God-ordained marriage. Meeting regularly with influential members of Congress, he also introduces legislation designed not just to stem the tide of anti-Christian discrimination, but to promote and protect the values upon which our nation was founded.

Through various high-profile media outlet interviews, including ones on Fox News, Moody Radio, and a host of others, Attorney Gibbs is taking the lead in combating the multi-front threats facing Christians and America’s churches in a culture to that is increasingly intolerant and hostile to biblical, moral values. 

Ms. Louise Filkins

Ms. Louise Filkins

Now working with the Buckley School of Public Speaking, Louise Filkins is a communications and media strategist with more than 25 years of experience in Washington, DC-based journalism and national politics. She provides media relations training and counsel and achieves media goals for clients, drawing upon her extensive experiences as a producer with major U.S. cable news networks.

She was a producer for programs such as CNN’s Larry King Live, CNBC’s Politics with Chris Mathews, and Equal Time with Dee Dee Myers and Bay Buchannan. Louise has served as press secretary for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for President George W. Bush, director of communications for the Independent Women’s Forum, and director of media relations at Powell Tate | Weber Shandwick, the world’s leading global public relations firm.

Louise also served as deputy press secretary at the Republican National Committee and worked in the communications office at three Republican conventions. 

The Honorable Timothy Goeglein

The Honorable Timothy Goeglein

Tim Goeglein is the Senior Advisor to the President and Vice President for External Relations at Focus on the Family in Washington. He served in high-level government posts for the past two decades.  He worked as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, where he was the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison from 2001 to 2008.

He was the President’s principal outreach contact for conservatives, think tanks, veteran’s groups, faith-based groups, and some of America’s leading cultural organizations. He was a member of the President’s original 2000 campaign and White House staff, serving for nearly 8 years. Previously he served as Communications Director, Press Secretary and Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Dan Coats and as Communications Director for Gary Bauer at the Campaign for Working Families and in the Bauer presidential bid.

Goeglein is the author of the political memoir The Man in the Middle: Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era. Tim holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from Concordia University, New York City; and from Faith Evangelical College and Seminary, Tacoma, Washington.

Dr. George Grant

Dr. George Grant

Dr. George Grant is the Pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church, Director of the King's Meadow Study Center, Founder of both Franklin Classical School and New College Franklin, and Coordinator of the Chalmers Fund.  He is the author of dozens of books in the areas of history, biography, politics, literature, and social criticism and he has written hundreds of essays, articles, and columns.

His work on behalf of the homeless, for international relief and development, for racial reconciliation, and for the sanctity of life has been profiled in such varied media outlets as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Focus on the Family, The 700 Club, the Coral Ridge Hour, Point of View, Crossfire, World Magazine, and Christianity Today.

He has pioneered efforts to establish Classical Christian Schools in the US around the world—particularly in the Muslim world (with five large and thriving schools in Iraq, twenty in Indonesia, and three in China).

He has academic degrees in Political Science at the University of Houston (B.A.), Philosophy at Whitefield Theological Seminary (M.A., D.Litt., Ph.D.), Humanities at Belhaven College (D. Hum.), and Theology at Knox Theological Seminary (D.Min. Cand.).

Dr. Os Guinness

Dr. Os Guinness

Os Guinness is an author and social critic. He is currently a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in Oxford, The great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries.

A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.

He has written or edited more than thirty books, spoken at dozens of the world’s major universities, and spoken widely to political and business conferences on many issues, including religious freedom, across the world. He was a freelance reporter with the BBC, Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and the EastWest Institute in New York.

He served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. In this position he helped to draft “The Williamsburg Charter” and later “The Global Charter of Conscience,” which was published at the European Union Parliament in 2012.

Mr. Abraham Hamilton, III

Mr. Abraham Hamilton, III

Abraham Hamilton, III is a husband, father of five wonderful children, lawyer, home-school dad, Bible Teacher and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host. He serves as American Family Association’s General Counsel and Public Policy Analyst.

Abraham also hosts The Hamilton Corner on the American Family Radio Network, Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. CST.  He has an undergraduate degree in New Testament Biblical Literature from Oral Roberts University and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Abe is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association. He is licensed to practice before all Louisiana State Courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Louisiana, as well as all Texas State Courts. In the legal profession, Abe served as a criminal prosecutor.   He handled major felony prosecutions at the trial level.

Abraham’s ministerial focuses include Marriage, Family, Biblical Worldview Training and Discipleship Formation.  

Rep. Vicky Hartzler

Rep. Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler proudly represents the good people of Missouri’s 4th Congressional District which is comprised of 24 counties in West-Central Missouri. She serves on the House Armed Services and Agriculture Committees. In the 114th Congress she was named Chairwoman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee to oversee the Administration’s defense policies and ensure accountability within the Department of Defense.

Rep. Hartzler earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Central Missouri. She was a public school teacher for 11 years and a small business owner and former Chairwoman of the Missouri Women’s Council. Through her work as a co-chair of the House Values Action Team, she has worked tirelessly to ensure pro-life and pro-family provisions are included in all relevant legislation.

Rep. Hartzler was recognized for her tireless pro-life efforts when she was selected to serve on the Select Panel for Infant Lives, the committee charged with getting the facts about medical practices of abortion service providers such as Planned Parenthood and the business practices of the procurement organizations who sell baby body parts. She is the author of Running God’s Way which outlines the winning strategies needed to succeed on Election Day.

Mr. Jack W. Haye

Mr. Jack W. Haye

Jack W. Haye is President of Patrick Henry College and a 30-year veteran of the corporate banking world. He holds degrees from Baylor University and American Graduate School of International Management, including a Masters of International Management-Finance and Accounting. President Haye spent nearly twenty years as a banking executive at Wells Fargo and for ten years (2002-2012) held the position of Executive Vice President and National Manager.  He served on the Board of Visitors at Baylor University (1986-1992), and as a founding member of PHC's Board of Trustees (1998-Present), having served as the Board Chairman since 2000.

Before becoming President of Patrick Henry College in August 2015, President Haye served as Executive Pastor of First Baptist Church of McKinney, a 5000-member church located near  Dallas, Texas. His responsibilities there included staff development, budget management, development and delivery of apologetics teaching series, and oversight of both local and international missional engagement in the areas of orphan care, education, and human trafficking.
Mr. Scott Hogenson

Mr. Scott Hogenson

Scott Hogenson has been a member of the consulting faculty for The Buckley School since 2002. His 25 years of experience in Washington, D.C. includes serving in the George W. Bush Administration as deputy assistant secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he was the lead executive for media relations, communications strategy and media training.

Scott also previously worked as a senior vice president at Washington’s leading crisis management firm, where he conducted media training for corporate leaders and trade association executives. Prior to arriving in Washington, D.C., Scott was an academician and prize-winning journalist, receiving awards from the Associated Press and the Radio-Television News Directors Association.

He was also a member of the academic staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he lectured on broadcast news in the School of Journalism.

The Honorable<br>John Hostettler

The Honorable
John Hostettler

John Hostettler served six terms in the United States House of Representatives, representing the Eighth District of Indiana in southwest and west central Indiana from 1995 to 2007. Prior to his service in Congress, John was enlightened and inspired by the teaching of Dr. D. James Kennedy – especially Dr. Kennedy’s radio ministry, Truths That Transform. Moreover, it was at the first Reclaiming America for Christ Conference at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church that soon-to-be-candidate-for-Congress John Hostettler heard Dr. Kennedy’s admonition, “Some of you ought to be in office!”

Less than a year later, Citizen John Hostettler became Congressman John Hostettler.  Congressman Hostettler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. Congressman Hostettler is author of Ordained and Established: A Statesman-Citizen’s Guide to the United States Constitution.

Bishop Harry R. Jackson

Bishop Harry R. Jackson

Bishop Harry R. Jackson, the organizer of “The Reconciled Church” conference, is Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church in the Washington, D.C., area.

He is the founder and chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, which works to protect the moral compass of America and be an agent of healing to our nation. Jackson also serves as the presiding bishop of the International Communion of Evangelical Churches, which oversees more than 1,000 churches around the world.

Jackson has appeared on many TV shows discussing matters of faith and public policy, including the CBS Evening News, Face The Nation and The O’Reilly Factor, as well as networks such as BET, CBN and TBN.

His books include In-laws, Outlaws and the Functional Family, The Warrior’s Heart (with Dutch Sheets); The Way of the Warrior; Personal Faith, Public Policy; The Truth in Black & White; and High Impact African-American Churches, a Silver Medallion Award winner.

Jackson has a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he played football, and a master’s in business from Harvard University.

Mrs. Karen E. Kalutz

Mrs. Karen E. Kalutz

Currently the Co-Director of The Buckley School of Public Speaking, Karen has been the steady force behind the School’s success from the start. As Reid Buckley’s first and only chief executive of everything, she’s recruited and trained the School’s faculty, led the Executive Seminar, and designed and facilitated workshops for corporate clients throughout the United States and beyond. She is also a consultant with the University of South Carolina School of Business Executive Education Department, where she leads public speaking workshops.

Karen has done private coaching and speech editing for professionals, business leaders, and political candidates. Early in her career, she naively accepted an assignment in Central America, discovering when she arrived that she’d been hired to provide public speaking training for a dictator. All she’s willing to say about the experience is that she’s happy to have survived it, and since, has been up for any challenge.

Dr. Thomas R. Kane

Dr. Thomas R. Kane

Dr. Thomas R. Kane is currently a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He was Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and served with distinction in multiple positions during his four decade career with the agency including Assistant Director for the Information, Policy, and Public Affairs Division overseeing the agency’s information systems, policy development, legislative affairs, public affairs, research and evaluation, and technology assessment.

Other positions included Senior Research Analyst, Director of Research, Chief of Staff to the Director, and Deputy Assistant Director for Administration. Prior to joining the Bureau, Dr. Kane served as an instructor at the New York State Police Academy.

Dr. Kane received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. He has produced numerous professional publications in the fields of corrections, criminology, and psychology. Dr. Kane is a member of various associations and boards including the American Correctional Association (ACA) where he serves as Chair of the ACA Committee on Legislative Affairs; the American Psychological Association, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information Systems Advisory Policy Board; the Bureau of Prisons Health Services Governing Board; and the District of Columbia Sentencing Commission. Dr. Kane received the Attorney General's Medallion and twice the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service.

Mr. Robert Knight

Mr. Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author and commentator. He is a regular weekly columnist for The Washington Times and Townhall.com and is frequently published by AmericanThinker.com, DailyCaller.com, OneNewsNow.com, and others. He was a journalist for 15 years, including seven as an editor and writer at the Los Angeles Times.

He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Political Science from American University, and was a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has held senior positions at the Family Research Council, the Heritage Foundation, the Culture & Family Institute at Concerned Women for America, Coral Ridge Ministries (now D. James Kennedy Ministries) and the Media Research Center, and was a draftsman of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

He has written five books and coauthored two others and appeared on every major broadcast and cable talk and news program.  He is also a writer for Timothy Partners.

Dr. Richard Land

Dr. Richard Land

Prior to becoming the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in 2013, Richard Land served as the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Currently, he serves as the Executive Editor of The Christian Post.

Dr. Land was appointed to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2001 and was subsequently reappointed to three additional terms of service through 2012. In 2007, The Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement was established by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where Dr. Land is a Visiting Professor. Dr. Land also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. In 2012 Dr. Land received The Champions of Justice Award, presented by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (also known as the Hispanic Evangelical Association).

Dr. Richard Land is a well-respected commentator on issues related to religion, politics, history and culture, and has appeared in thousands of media interviews in most major media outlets over the course of his career.

Mrs. Cherylyn Harley LeBon

Mrs. Cherylyn Harley LeBon

Cherylyn Harley LeBon is a lawyer, strategist, executive coach, and commentator and works with the Buckley School of Public Speaking. She works at the intersection of business and politics and advises CEO's, corporations, trade associations, and non-profits and has advised political candidates at all levels - here and abroad.

Previously to founding her own company, KLAR Strategies, she served as a senior executive in the federal government. Cherylyn has also worked as a Vice-President at a national industry trade association; as a spokesman at a political organization; and as Senior Counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee where she was responsible for judicial nominations; human and civil rights, and a variety of other business issues.

She writes about business, policy, and leadership for a variety of publications. She is a regular guest and commentator on nationally broadcast radio and television programs including FOX News, MSNBC, Capital Insider, The Thom Hartmann Show, TV One, and many others. Cherylyn was a Research Guest and Lecturer at the University of Bremen Law School in Germany and is a sought after speaker in the U.S. and Europe on American business, leadership, and policy issues. She is a member of several professional and community organizations and has served on numerous non-profit boards.

Dr. Peter A. Lillback

Dr. Peter A. Lillback

Dr. Peter A. Lillback is President and Professor of Historical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

He has authored and edited numerous books and articles in the field of the Reformation and post-reformation Era including The Binding of God, Calvin’s Role in the Development of Covenant Theology (Baker Book House, Co. 2001); editor and contributor to The Practical Calvinist: An Introduction to the Presbyterian and Reformed Heritage. He was the editor for Thy Word Is Still Truth: Essential writings on the Doctrine of Scripture from the Reformation to Today. His most recent work (editor) is Seeing Christ in All of Scripture: Hermeneutics at Westminster Theological Seminary. George Washington’s Sacred Fire represents the culmination of over 20 years of original research and scholarship on the Christian faith of George Washington.

Dr. Lillback also serves as President of The Providence Forum, a non-profit organization committed to preserving the promoting the spirit, faith, values and worldview of America’s Founding Fathers. He also serves on the board of WORLD News Group. Dr. Lillback holds degrees from Cedarville University (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Westminster Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). 

Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years. He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law.

A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on three radio programs that are heard on more than 1,000 outlets in the United States and around the world: Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast; Moody Church Hour—The Moody Church’s Sunday morning worship service; and Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943. Dr. Lutzer is also an award-winning author of numerous books including: Rescuing the Gospel, He Will Be the Preacher, The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent, One Minute After You DieWhen a Nation Forgets God, and Christian Bookseller’s Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. He and his wife Rebecca have co-written the books: Life-Changing Bible Verses You Should Know and Jesus, Lover of a Woman’s Soul.

His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including: Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He also leads tours to Israel and the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.
Stephen McDowell

Stephen McDowell

Stephen McDowell is co-founder and President of the Providence Foundation, a Christian educational organization whose mission is to train and network leaders of education, business, and politics to transform their culture for Christ.

In over 30 years of full time work with the Foundation, Stephen has trained people from 100 countries to apply Biblical truth in all spheres of life. He has traveled to 35 nations in six continents where he has consulted with government officials, assisted in writing political documents, advised political parties, and started Christian schools and Biblical worldview training centers.

He has authored and co-authored over 30 books, videos, and training courses including Liberating the Nations and America's Providential History. His newest project, Monumental: Restoring America as the Land of Liberty, was done in conjunction with Kirk Cameron as a follow-up course to Cameron’s Monumental film. Stephen’s books and writings have been translated into 18 languages and distributed to more than one million people.

McDowell holds a master’s degree in geophysics, served for several years as a pastor, and has been an adjunct professor at Regent University.

Mr. Bradley Mattes

Mr. Bradley Mattes

Bradley Mattes is president of Life Issues Institute, the grassroots partner of the Susan B. Anthony List.

The organization was founded by pro-life pioneer Dr. John C. Willke and Brad in 1991 to serve the educational needs of the pro-life movement.

Brad hosts Life Issues, a daily radio commentary on abortion and other life issues that is carried on more than 1,100 radio outlets across the US. He was host and executive producer of Facing Life Head-On, a weekly pro-life TV program that was available to more than 100 million homes in the US and Canada.

Brad is president of the International Right to Life Federation, chairman of the board of directors of the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network, and a frequent international speaker and lecturer on abortion and related life issues.

He has a master’s degree in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counseling from Master’s International University of Divinity.

Mrs. Jenny Maxwell

Mrs. Jenny Maxwell

Jenny Maxwell joined The Buckley School of Public Speaking’s faculty in 2000.  In addition to leading public speaking courses at company sites around the world, she teaches writing and media workshops, presents at national conferences, and provides presentation skills coaching for executives.

She has a long career in writing and producing, with projects that have ranged from field producing TV coverage of George W. Bush’s presidential campaign to writing for The Food Network’s Good Eats.  She’s a former NBC affiliate marketing director and was editor of skirt! Magazine for eight years.  Recently, she’s scripted an Emmy-nominated series on World War Two heroes for public television.  In 2014, she took on additional responsibilities with The Buckley School and serves with Karen Kalutz as the Co-Director.

Dr. Susan Michael

Dr. Susan Michael

For more than thirty years, Susan Michael has pioneered the development of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in the United States and around the world. She currently serves as the ministry’s USA Director and is a member of the ICEJ’s international Board of Directors.

Susan’s involvement with the ICEJ began as a graduate student at Jerusalem University College. She completed her Master’s degree in Judeo-Christian Studies. After hosting a series of high profile pro-Israel conferences across the USA for the ministry she head-up the ICEJ’s newly-founded US Branch.

In addition to a Master’s Degree in Judeo-Christian Studies she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Oral Roberts University, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Piedmont International University in 2018. Susan is often called upon to address complex and sensitive issues such as anti-Semitism, Islam, Jewish-Christian relations and current events in the Middle East to a diverse range of audiences. Her experience working with Arabs, Jews and Christians from many national and denominational backgrounds has equipped Susan to handle delicate topics central to an understanding of Israel with extraordinary clarity and grace.

In recent years she has pioneered a number of educational tools to enable other Christians to do the same, including the IsraelAnswers.com website and a series of highly accessible educational seminars.

Dr. Jeff Myers

Dr. Jeff Myers

Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries, a highly respected worldview training program whose tens of thousands of graduates are making a difference in politics, law, academics, medicine, science, and business. In the last 20 years Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development.

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational young leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.”

Through his appearances on Fox News and other media programs, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and teaches leadership courses through Lumerit and Belhaven University.

Dr. Jerry Newcombe

Dr. Jerry Newcombe

Dr. Jerry Newcombe serves as the senior producer and as an on-air host and a columnist for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Jerry has produced or co-produced more than 75 television specials that have aired nationwide. Jerry is the author or co-author of twenty-eight books, at least two of which have been bestsellers, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (with Dr. Peter Lillback) and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (with Dr. Kennedy) . His latest book is The Unstoppable Jesus Christ. Jerry has also written Doubting Thomas? The Life and Legacy of Thomas Jefferson (with Mark Beliles).

Jerry has appeared on numerous talk shows as a guest, including Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher (4x), Janet Parshall’s radio program, Point of View, the Moody radio network, TBN, the Fox News Channel, the Fox Business Channel, C-Span2’s Book Notes, etc.  Jerry hosts a weekly radio program called Vocal Point on GraceNetRadio (www.GraceNetRadio.com). Jerry is an associate minister at New Presbyterian Church, Wilton Manors, FL. 

Ms. Jessica Notini

Ms. Jessica Notini

Jessica Notini is a senior negotiation trainer, mediator, negotiation coach and facilitator with MWI. As a trainer, Jessica has developed and led many national and international workshops for both private entities and public institutions in the areas of negotiation, mediation, facilitation, and communication.

In California, Jessica works as an Adjunct Professor for Stanford, Boalt and Hastings Law Schools and the Mills Women’s Business school. Jessica has conducted training for the Produce Marketing Association and additional facilitation work in connection with development of new national produce regulations in California. She mediates a wide variety of cases, with an emphasis in Probate & Estate, Conservatorship and Employment matters.

She is past Chair of the California State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and gave opinions on the development of legislation related to ADR to lawmakers involved in the process. She is also the past President of the Northern California Mediation Association. She received the 2012 Don Weckstein Memorial Award from the California Dispute Resolution Council for her leadership in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Her J.D. is from the University of Michigan, with honors of magna cum laude and the Order of the Coif.

Rep. Gary Palmer

Rep. Gary Palmer

Representative Gary Palmer worked in the private sector for 12 years before involvement with Focus on the Family lead him to start the Alabama Family Alliance which later became the Alabama Policy Institute where he served as President for 12 years.

He was a founding member of the board of directors of the State Policy Network. Palmer served on four different state commissions on behalf of three different Governors.

In 2014, he was elected to the 114th Congress, having never served in office before. In Congress, Rep. Palmer is focused on paying down the national debt by cutting spending; regulatory reform by reducing the number and expense of federal regulations; lowering energy costs and spurring economic growth and job creation by accessing America’s vast energy resources; and replacing Obamacare with a health care plan that puts people back in charge of their health care decisions and that will truly make health care affordable and available; and protecting life in all its forms. 

He serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and serves as the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Affairs Subcommittee. He also serves on the Budget Committee. He is the Vice Chairman and representative for Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina on the Republican Policy Committee. Palmer is a member of the Republican Study Committee and its Steering Committee. And he is a member of the Freedom Caucus and the Sportsman’s Caucus.

Mr. Craig Parshall

Mr. Craig Parshall

Craig Parshall is Special Counsel to the American Center for Law and Justice where he focuses on Supreme Court cases and Capitol Hill issues. He was the founding Director of a pioneering project advocating Internet free speech during his previous tenure as Sr. Vice-President & General Counsel for National Religious Broadcasters.

He has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives on constitutional and First Amendment matters and before the Federal Communications Commission on media and broadcasting rules.

A best-selling fiction author of 13 suspense novels, Craig weaves-in faith themes that intersect law, culture, and technology. On the nonfiction side, Craig is a current affairs columnist and will make the legal case for the existence of the State of Israel as a contributing author in an upcoming book scheduled for release in 2018. 

Mrs. Janet Parshall

Mrs. Janet Parshall

Janet Parshall has been broadcasting from the nation’s capital for over two decades.  Her passion is to “equip the saints” through intelligent conversation based on biblical truth.  Her program, along with her radio commentary, is heard on over 800 stations, from Guam to the Cayman Islands.  When she is not behind her microphone, Janet is speaking across the country on issues impacting Christians.  She has authored several books, including her latest, Buyer Beware: Finding Truth in the Marketplace of Ideas.  

Mrs. Elise Partin

Mrs. Elise Partin

Elise has wide-ranging, in-the-trenches experience in public speaking, facing the media, and managing crisis communication. She is mayor of the South Carolina town of Cayce, a position she’s held since 2008. She is also currently serving as president of the state’s leading organization for cities, the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

Eager to recruit others to run for office, Elise was invited to give a TED Talk on the subject. That speech inspired a course for the Honors College at the University of South Carolina called “Demistifying Elected Office” that has since become a regular offering in the university’s political science department.  In addition to her work at The Buckley School of Public Speaking, Elise also teaches classes for the University of South Carolina’s School of Public Health.

Mr. Mark Pfeifle

Mr. Mark Pfeifle

Now working with the Buckley School of Public Speaking, Mark Pfeifle was deputy national security advisor for strategic communication and global outreach at the White House from 2007 to 2009. Mark was interagency coordinator for national security and communication implementation, leading the successful effort to promote the “surge” of U.S. forces into Iraq in 2007 and initiatives to de-legitimize al Qaeda and advocating for freedom, liberty and human rights.

He also served as press secretary at U.S. Interior Department and as a director at U.S. Treasury Department.  Mark has media trained dozens of Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress, federal and state candidates and elected officials and corporate and nonprofit leaders. He has led media training seminars for Americans for Prosperity state directors, LIBRE Initiative, The Leadership Institute education programs and various other organizations and individuals. 

Mr. John Rabe

Mr. John Rabe

John Rabe is the Director of Creative Production at D. James Kennedy Ministries, and oversees the weekly television programs Truths That Transforms and Kennedy Classics. He came to D. James Kennedy Ministries in 2001 after a career in sports radio, and co-wrote and co-produced the award-winning documentary programs What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?, What if America Were a Christian Nation Again?, The First Amendment on Trial, and Darwin’s Deadly Legacy. An ordained Southern Baptist church elder, he has a B.A. in Christian Ministry from Trinity International University and has studied at Knox Theological Seminary. He is also the author of the book None Dare Call It Islam.

Dr. Ralph E. Reed, Jr.

Dr. Ralph E. Reed, Jr.

Ralph Reed is chairman and CEO of Century Strategies, a public relations and public affairs firm with offices in Atlanta and Washington, DC, providing strategic counsel to some of the world’s leading corporations.

Reed has worked on ten presidential campaigns and advised 88 campaigns for Congress, U.S. Senate, Governor, and statewide office.  He served as senior advisor to George W. Bush and on the Faith Advisory Board for Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign.  In 2009 he founded Faith and Freedom Coalition.

As executive director of the Christian Coalition, he built a grassroots public policy organization with over 2 million members that Fortune magazine ranked the seventh-most effective lobby group in America. 

He is the author or editor of five best-selling books and his columns have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and National Review. Reed earned a B.A. from the University of Georgia and Ph.D. in history from Emory University.

Mrs. Sandy Rios

Mrs. Sandy Rios

Sandy Rios is the Director of Governmental Affairs for the American Family Association, and  host of Sandy Rios in the Morning on AFR Talk heard Monday thru Friday from 8-9 AM EST on over 200 stations. Sandy provides the latest from DC with the savvy of an insider equipped with a Christian perspective.

The American Family Association is one of the largest, most effective pro-family grassroots organizations in the country.  Sandy represents AFA in Washington, DC, frequently on television and radio.  Sandy Rios joined the Fox News Channel as a contributor in 2005. She has appeared regularly on The O'Reilly Factor, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Neil Cavuto, and Megyn Kelly. Whether defending America's Military, advocating for religious freedom, analyzing presidential politics, or the social and moral dilemmas of the day, Sandy brings her passion to a wide variety of issues.

She was previously President of Concerned Women For America, Chairman of the North Korea Freedom Coalition, President of Culture Campaign and Vice President of Family Pac Federal and was ten years the host of the Sandy Rios Show in Chicago.

Drew Ryun

Drew Ryun

Strategist for multiple organizations and non-profits, Drew Ryun is also the founder and CEO of CampaignSidekick, a voter contact management system. One of the Republican National Committee’s preferred vendors, CampaignSidekick currently services over 100 campaigns each election cycle.

Co-founder of American Majority, a non-profit candidate school, Drew has personally trained numerous current state legislators to run for office in multiple states. For years Drew served as Director of Government Affairs for the American Center for Law and Justice in Washington, DC as well as the Main Representative for the European Center for Law and Justice at the United Nations in New York City.

A twice-published author, Drew appeared frequently as host and co-host of Jay Sekulow Live, a nationally syndicated radio show with a daily listenership of 2 million.

A former Deputy Director in the Political Division at the Republican National Committee during the 2004 election cycle, Drew has played a key role in organizing grassroots  ctivities for United States House, Senate and Presidential campaigns.

Currently residing just outside of Fort Worth, TX, Drew and his wife Becca are the parents of three daughters, Skye, Lily and Willa, and one son, Miles.




Dr. Linda W. Smith

Dr. Linda W. Smith

Dr. Linda W. Smith is the President of the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship. Previously she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for National Religious Broadcasters, Chief of the Office of Public Affairs for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Chief of Staff for the U.S. Parole Commission.  As Chief of Public Affairs, Linda oversaw congressional, media, and public relations for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. At the U.S. Parole Commission, she served as Chief Analyst for the National Appellate Board and other positions before assuming the role as Chief of Staff, overseeing this multi-mission agency, responsible for the release and re-arrest of Federal offenders.

Linda received her doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the same school, and a second master’s degree and a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University. She is a member of the steering committee of American Christian Leaders for Israel.

Dr. John B. Sorensen

Dr. John B. Sorensen

John Sorensen is the President and CEO of Evangelism Explosion International, a ministry dedicated to equipping and training believers worldwide to witness for Jesus Christ. The impact of EE is global and growing. Millions of Christians have been trained to share Christ since its founding in 1962, and it is now used in every nation on earth.

Before being called into ministry full-time with Evangelism Explosion, John worked on regional and national TV and radio ads, and sound design for films. John was honored with numerous local, regional, and national awards.

John served as the Director of Marketing, Vice President of Ministry Advancement, and Executive Vice President before being appointed President in 2008, an office held previously only by EE’s founder, Dr. D. James Kennedy. John is the author of Well Done: A Christian Doctrine of Works, written in collaboration with Dr. D. James Kennedy, and, Your Story Counts: Sharing The Most Important Story of Your Life.

John received a Master of Arts in Evangelism and Doctor of Divinity from Knox Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Montreat College.

Dr. Carol Swain

Dr. Carol Swain

Dr. Carol M. Swain is an award-winning political scientist, a former professor of political science and professor of law at Vanderbilt University, and a lifetime member of the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars affiliated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

Before joining Vanderbilt in 1999, Dr. Swain was a tenured associate professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Swain is passionate about empowering others to raise their voices in the public square. She is an author, public speaker, and political commentator. She has a B.A., Roanoke College; M.A., Virginia Polytechnic & State Univ.; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and M.S.L, Yale. In October 2012, Professor Swain launched the Be The People TV Show under the auspices of Eagle Wings Media, LLC.

Dr. Swain’s commentary on current social and political issues can be heard nationally on Bott Radio and American Family Radio’s Two Minutes to Think About it with Dr. Carol M. Swain.

Dr. Del Tackett

Dr. Del Tackett

Dr. Del Tackett is former president of the Focus on the Family Institute and a former Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family. He is also the creator of Focus on the Family's The Truth Project—a nationwide initiative designed to bring the Christian worldview to the body of Christ.

An adjunct professor at New Geneva Theological Seminary and Summit Ministries, Dr. Tackett served more than 20 years in the United States Air Force. During the George H. W. Bush administration, he served at the White House, where he was appointed by President Bush as the director of technical planning for the National Security Council.

Dr. Tackett later served in various senior analyst and manager capacities at Kaman Sciences Corporation and ITT Industries. As a professor, Dr. Tackett has taught more than 30 undergraduate and graduate courses at three different institutions, over a 12 year period. He is also an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. Dr. Tackett holds three earned degrees (D.M., Colorado Technical University; M.S., Auburn University; B.S., Kansas State University).

Dr. Frank Turek

Dr. Frank Turek

Dr. Frank Turek is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or coauthor of four books: Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to make their CaseI Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an AtheistCorrect, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. As the President of CrossExamined.org, Frank presents powerful and entertaining evidence for Christianity at churches, high schools and at secular college campuses that often begin hostile to his message. He has also debated several prominent atheists including Christopher Hitchens and David Silverman, president of American Atheists.

Frank is a widely featured guest in the media as a leading apologetics expert and cultural commentator. He has appeared on hundreds of radio programs and many top TV programs including: The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, Faith Under Fire, and Politically Incorrect. He also writes a column for Townhall.com and several other sites.

Mr. Brian Walton

Mr. Brian Walton

Brian Walton is the founder of BPW Communications and works with the Buckley School of Public Speaking. With over 15 years navigating earned media, crisis communications, media training and long-term communications planning, Brian provides clients with extensive public relations experience. Brian has held a variety of communications roles, with positions at national political committees, the United States Department of Commerce, and The White House, among others.

Most recently, he has advised some of the largest trade associations in Washington and served as the Director of Media Affairs for the Invictus Games Orlando 2016. Over the course of his career, Brian has provided extensive media training for clients from a broad variety of sectors – including journalists, athletes, CEOs and political candidates. Walton earned a Bachelor of Arts in both Spanish and International Business from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2001.

Dr. Raleigh Washington

Dr. Raleigh Washington

Dr. Raleigh Washington is the former President of Promise Keepers and former pastor of the Rock Church in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. The Rock Church is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and economically diverse congregation that is seeking to live out real Christian unity in ways that celebrate the gifts and differences of its members.

In 1993, he co-authored with Glen Kehrein Breaking Down Walls outlining practical steps to work toward racial reconciliation. He is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (now Trinity International University).

Mr. Robert Wilkinson

Mr. Robert Wilkinson

Robert Wilkinson is a senior negotiation trainer with MWI, who helps organizations deal with negotiation, leadership and management challenges. He is on the faculty at both the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Rob also served as a Special Advisor on Negotiation at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT). Rob teaches negotiation and management at the graduate level, and is a multiple nominee for the Paddock Award in Teaching Excellence.

Rob has successfully supported numerous Fortune 500 companies, major government agencies, and international organizations, helping them to improve their negotiation skills and to increase their effectiveness. He has over 20 years of experience in more than 35 countries, with the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Clients include Chevron, General Mills, McDonald’s, IBM, Fidelity, MITRE, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Philips, The US Postal Service, The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations, National Urban League, World Wildlife Fund, Red Cross, US Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the White House.

Previously, Rob held a number of management positions with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Oxfam and the Department for International Development (DFID). He has worked extensively in the US, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Rob earned his Masters of Science (MS) from Stanford University, and Bachelors of Science (BS) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Ms. Megan Winkeler

Ms. Megan Winkeler

Megan Winkeler is a negotiation trainer, mediator, and staff member at MWI. As a Program Manager at MWI, Megan manages grant writing and program development for MWI’s mediation and negotiation training programs. In particular, Megan developed and directs the MWI Women’s Negotiation Project, a program which offers free negotiation workshops to income-eligible women in Boston.

As a mediator, Megan handles housing and civil disputes, including evictions, harassment prevention orders, and cases through MassHousing’s TAP Mediation Program. As a trainer, Megan provides mediation training at MWI's Forty Hour Mediation Training and for clients such as the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Megan also works as a negotiation trainer with companies and government entities such as Eastman Chemical and the Nevada Department of Transportation. Megan is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, where she received her BA in Political Science and Philosophy. After graduation, she served as an Ambassadorial Scholar for Rotary International, studying conflict resolution and transitional justice at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. During her graduate studies, Megan helped develop community dispute resolution programs with PASSOP, a non-profit focused on protecting the rights of refugees in South Africa.

Dr. Frank Wright

Dr. Frank Wright

After 22 years of work on or related to Capitol Hill, Dr. Wright returned to Fort Lauderdale in 2015, where he serves a President & Chief Exec­utive Officer of Coral Ridge Ministries Media, the parent and sponsor­ing organization of the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Leadership. Having been led to personal faith in Jesus Christ through the ministry of Dr. Kennedy, Dr. Wright served at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church both as a staff member and Elder.

His prior leadership service includes being founding Executive Director of the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, President & CEO of the National Religious Broadcast­ers, and President & COO of the Salem Media Group. The primary focus of his ministry career has been equipping leaders for future service and defending religious freedom at every level of the public policy process. Frank received his doctorate in Business Adminis­tration (Finance) from Florida Atlantic University.