Alliance Defending Freedom Leadership Team
President, CEO, and General Counsel
Alan Sears has served as president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom since its founding in 1993. He leads the strategy, training, funding, and litigation efforts of this alliance-building legal ministry that brings together thousands of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations to protect religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family in America and around the world.Read more…
Alan Sears serves as president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, an alliance-building legal ministry that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. He leads the strategy, training, funding, and litigation efforts that have resulted in various roles in 38 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court and wins in eight of every 10 cases litigated to conclusion. Under his leadership, Alliance Defending Freedom has funded nearly 2,400 grants and legal projects for Allied Attorneys and organizations, and has equipped more than 1,600 Christian attorneys and 1,000 law students to defend religious liberty at its world-class training programs.
Sears earned his Juris Doctor from Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. While serving in numerous positions within the government, he worked for the Department of Justice under Attorneys General William French Smith and Edwin Meese III, including service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Section. Sears was also appointed as the director of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography and served as associate solicitor with the Department of the Interior under Secretary Donald Hodel. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Sears has continued his education with professional instruction at Stanford University, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, and Pepperdine University.
Practicing law for three decades, Sears is a member in good standing with the American, Arizona, California, District of Columbia (inactive), and Kentucky bar associations. He has helped fashion the language for numerous state and federal laws and has testified before committees of the U.S. House and Senate, state legislatures, and many local governments and commissions. Legislators in 20 states have adopted his legislative recommendations. Sears has assisted legislators and law enforcement officials from many countries and has spoken before committees of the British Parliament.
Sears' numerous media appearances include television interviews and features on The Today Show, Nightline, CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, The O’Reilly Factor, Oprah, and The Lou Dobbs Show. He has also been a radio guest on various programs, including The Laura Ingraham Show, National Public Radio, and The Dennis Prager Radio Show. Sears has been extensively covered in national print media, including the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the Washington Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Arizona Republic, and the National Catholic Register. He is a regular opinion contributor to Townhall.com and has co-authored several books, including The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today (2003), and The ACLU vs. America (2005), both with Craig Osten. Sears has also written two novels, In Justice (2009) and its sequel Trial and Error (2011).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alliance Defending Freedom is blessed with 13 outstanding men and women who serve on the board of directors on a completely unpaid, volunteer basis.
These board members of exceptional capacity and experience have diverse backgrounds – ranging from high military command to national ministry leadership and from media and journalism to business and entrepreneurial ventures – but are united in their commitment to protect religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.
These faithful servants are helping to keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel and have made themselves available to accomplish much at this time! (Esther 4:14).
Executive Director, Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles
Alfonso Aguilar is the Executive Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, a Washington, DC-based advocacy group, which promotes conservative values and ideals within the Latino community and works to integrate Latinos into fuller and more active participation and leadership in the conservative movement.Read more…
Alfonso Aguilar is the Executive Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, a Washington, DC based advocacy group, which promotes conservative values and ideals within the Latino community and works to integrate Latinos into fuller and more active participation and leadership in the conservative movement.
Mr. Aguilar is the first and former Chief of the U.S. Office of Citizenship. Appointed by President George W. Bush, Mr. Aguilar was responsible for developing and promoting initiatives and programs to educate immigrants about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and encourage their integration into American civic culture. He led the effort to develop the new naturalization test of the United States, which took effect on October 1, 2008. And also served as Chair of the Task Force on New Americans’ Technical Committee, an interagency federal task force created by President Bush, to enhance and coordinate government-wide immigrant integration initiatives.
Before joining the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003, Mr. Aguilar served in numerous high-level government positions in the Bush Administration and the government of Puerto Rico, including Deputy Director of Public Affairs at U.S. Department of Energy, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration and Press Secretary to former Governor Pedro Rossello of Puerto Rico.
Mr. Aguilar has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a member of the Puerto Rico Bar and is the U.S. representative of the Citizenship and Values Foundation based in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Aguilar is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the North American Center for Trans-Border Studies at Arizona State University and of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
Mr. Aguilar hosts a weekly conservative radio talk show in Spanish, which airs nationally through Univision radio. He also writes a bi-monthly Op-Ed column for the daily La Opinion of Los Angeles, California, the largest Spanish language newspaper in the country, and frequently appears as a guest policy analyst in major nation radio and TV shows, including the Michael Medved, Lou Dobbs and Laura Ingraham shows, The O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC Hardball, CNN’s Larry King Live, Telemundo’s Enfoque, Univision’s Despierta America and CNN en Espanol’s Choque de Opiniones.
Partner, Litigation Department, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Roger Brooks is a partner in the Litigation Department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, a 200 year-old law firm with principal offices in New York City. His practice covers a wide range of courtroom litigation for technologically intensive companies.Read more…
Roger Brooks is a partner in the Litigation Department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, a 200 year-old law firm with principal offices in New York City. His practice covers a wide range of courtroom litigation for technologically intensive companies, including disputes concerning trade secrets, standards-driven technology licensing, patents, and software copyright, as well as antitrust, securities fraud, and general corporate litigation.
Mr. Brooks represented three crisis pregnancy centers in opposing a wave of subpoenas launched against such centers across New York by then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in 2002, filing motions to quash on First Amendment grounds. The subpoenas were withdrawn and all proceedings dropped. Mr. Brooks has served on the board of directors of the Christian Legal Society since 2007 and for much of that time has served as a member of the committee setting legal policy for the litigating arm of CLS, the Center for Law and Religious Freedom. He was a founding member of the board of New York Christian Legal Services, a ministry organized to provide legal services to the very poor through volunteer lawyers in an explicitly Christian context in conjunction with the Bowery Mission of New York City.
Mr. Brooks is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1984, an M.A. in history from the University of Virginia in 1987 and a J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1987, where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review. After a clerkship with the Hon. John D. Butzner, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Mr. Brooks joined Cravath in 1988. In 1992, he left Cravath to attend seminary and received an M. Div. from Regent College Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1995. He returned to Cravath in 1995 and became a partner in 1999.
Edward Christie, Jr. – Treasurer
Senior Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Caring People Alliance
Edward Christie, Jr. is the senior vice president of administration and chief financial officer for Caring People Alliance, where he has served since 2005. Caring People Alliance, an affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is one of the Philadelphia region’s top 10 non-profit organizations, as noted by the Philadelphia Business Journal.Read more…
Edward Christie, Jr., is the senior vice president of administration and chief financial officer for Caring People Alliance, where he has served since 2005. Caring People Alliance, an affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is one of the Philadelphia region’s top 10 non-profit organizations, as noted by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The agency services an estimated 18,200 low-income individuals and families each year, as well as 23,000 members of the community through Child Care Information Services (CCIS). With an annual organization budget exceeding $115 million, Christie provides direct financial and operational management for the alliance’s Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Internal Technology, and CCIS Programs.
Christie currently serves as treasurer of the Alliance Defending Freedom Board of Directors. Prior to becoming a member of the Alliance Defending Freedom Board of Directors in 2009, Christie was the vice president and chief financial officer for the national headquarters of the United Way system. United Way of America has 1,400 affiliates, with total annual revenues of over $4 billion. Christie’s responsibilities included providing United Way stakeholders with financial information, planning, and advice, as well as organizing the annual operating budgeting process and making timely and accurate reports to agencies and vendors. He chaired the system’s financial issues committee (comprised of senior financial professionals from member organizations) and was an active member of the board of directors of the United Way subsidiary Sales Service America.
Christie also served as COO/CFO for the United Service Organizations (USO) for seven years, where he managed overseas/U.S. operations, budgeting and finances, internal auditing, entertainment programs, and human resources. Prior to the USO, Christie worked as a turnaround consultant to the Baltimore Red Cross, which led to a full-time assignment as deputy executive director of administration/CFO to implement his recommendations for improved cash flow requirements. He spearheaded the merger of the blood services operation at the Washington, D.C., Red Cross into the Baltimore Red Cross.
Christie also holds memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Society of CPAs, and is the treasurer/board member of his homeowners association. He completed his B.S. in accounting at Stonehill College in Massachusetts and completed several graduate-level courses in finance at Adelphi University in New York.
Chapman B. Cox – Chairman
Former General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense
Chapman Cox is Chairman of the governing board of Alliance Defending Freedom. He brings to this position leadership experience in the legal profession, public service, corporate management, and trustworthy stewardship.Read more…
Chapman Cox is Chairman of the governing board of Alliance Defending Freedom. He brings to this position leadership experience in the legal profession, public service, corporate management, and trustworthy stewardship.
Mr. Cox was born in Ohio, and attended public schools in Indiana, Colorado, and California. He earned a B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. After graduate school, he served for three years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, including combat duty in Vietnam. During his civilian professional career, he continued to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve and retired as a colonel.
Upon returning from Vietnam, Mr. Cox entered the private practice of law in California and Colorado. He was the managing partner of Sherman & Howard (a multi-state law firm), an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School, and a member of the board of governors of the Colorado Bar Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a former member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security.
In the administration of President Reagan, Mr. Cox served as assistant secretary of the Navy (first term) and as general counsel of the Department of Defense (second term). He received two Distinguished Public Service Medals from the Department of Defense, and a Distinguished Public Service Medal from the Department of the Navy. Later, as a private citizen, he served as a member of the Defense Policy Board.
Following public service, Mr. Cox held senior executive positions with two multinational corporations. He was president and chief executive officer of United Service Organizations, Inc. and senior vice president of Lockheed Martin IMS.
Throughout his career, Mr. Cox has contributed a significant portion of his time to community service. He served as president of the Ladies Relief Society of Denver, as chairman of the Colorado Commission on Space Science and Industry, and as a loaned executive to United Way International. He is a former board member of United Service Organizations, Inc., Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation, The Fund for American Studies, Freedoms Foundation, New Covenant Trust Company, Presbyterian Lay Committee, Manhattan Initiative, and Army Navy Club of Washington, DC. He is currently independent trustee of several private trusts.
From young adulthood, Mr. Cox has been committed to his faith in Jesus Christ as the incarnation of God’s Word. He is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church and has served a wide range of local, regional and national activities, both within the denomination and in other faith-based organizations.
President and Chairman of the Board, Susan B. Anthony List
Marjorie Dannenfelser is president and chairman of the board of the Susan B. Anthony List, a national organization dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics. As president, Marjorie directs the mission of Susan B. Anthony List, is the chief strategist, and serves as its primary spokeswoman.Read more…
Marjorie Dannenfelser is president and chairman of the board of the Susan B. Anthony List, a national organization dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics. As president, Marjorie directs the mission of Susan B. Anthony List, is the chief strategist, and serves as its primary spokeswoman. Under her leadership, the organization has grown to over 280,000 members and activists nationwide.
Since its founding, the organization’s connected political action committee, the nonpartisan Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, has helped elect 75 pro-life candidates to the U.S. House of Representatives, seven to the U.S. Senate, and seven to other statewide offices across the country. During the 2008 election, she co-founded Team Sarah, a national community of supporters and spokeswomen dedicated to advancing the values represented by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Marjorie has represented the Susan B. Anthony List on Fox News (“The O’Reilly Factor,” “Real World with Neil Cavuto,” “America’s Newsroom”), CNN, CBN, and EWTN. She often appears on both regional and national radio shows, including Janet Parshall’s America, Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo, The Fred Thompson Show, and the Bob Dutko Show. She is a regular contributor on pro-life political issues to national radio news services like Focus on the Family Radio, American Family Radio, and Salem Radio News. Her commentaries have appeared around the country and have been published in The Weekly Standard, National Catholic Register, the Washington Times, National Review Online, Townhall.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Examiner. Marjorie has been profiled in the Washington Post Style Section, WORLD Magazine, and NewsMax Magazine.
Prior to launching the Susan B. Anthony List, Marjorie served on Capitol Hill as staff director of the Congressional Pro-life Caucus. Previous to her work on Capitol Hill, she worked at the Heritage Foundation. She is originally from North Carolina, and is a graduate of Duke University.
CEO, iMFLUX Inc.
Nathan Estruth is the CEO of iMFLUX Inc., an innovative service and technology leader in the global molding and plastics processing industries. His interest in Alliance Defending Freedom was most influenced by the first-hand account of a particular Alliance Defending Freedom religious liberty caseRead more…
Nathan Estruth is the CEO of iMFLUX Inc., an innovative service and technology leader in the global molding and plastics processing industries. His interest in Alliance Defending Freedom was most influenced by the first-hand account of a particular Alliance Defending Freedom religious liberty case.
Mr. Estruth is a long-time strategy, marketing, new business innovation, and operations executive in both business and public policy venues, in the U.S. and globally, including three years living in China. He previously served as Vice-President, P&G FutureWorks, and helped run P&G’s Corporate Innovation Fund for many years. Mr. Estruth serves or has served on the Board of Directors of MDVIP, Agile Pursuits Franchising Inc., Navigenics, and Songbird.
Mr. Estruth has also served as an elder and regular Bible teacher in his local Christian & Missionary Alliance Church and as a board member for Legacy and United Cerebral Palsy of Cincinnati. He is a regular pro-bono strategy and marketing advisor to many not-for-profit public policy organizations, and has worked for Christian candidates and elected officials in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, Montana, and Ohio.
Mr. Estruth received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1989, and his life verse is
II Corinthians 10:5.
Retired Corporate Executive; Former President and CEO Florida Progress Corporation
Richard Korpan is an accomplished entreprenneur, having excelled in a broad spectrum of businesses, including electric utilities, telecommunications, real estate development, insurance, and banking. He was elected to the Alliance Defending Freedom Board of Directors in October 2013 and serves on the Finance and Human Resources Committee and the External Relations Committee.Read more…
From 1989 until his retirement in 2001, Korpan served as chairman, president, and CEO of Florida Progress Corporation, a Fortune 500 diversified electric utility holding company based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Under his tenure, the organization had annual revenues approaching $4B, assets in excess of $6B, more than 9,000 employees and operations in 22 states, Canada and Mexico.
Prior to joining Florida Progress Corporation, Korpan was president and CEO of Pacific Diversified Capital Company, a subsidiary that was comprised of the non-utility operations of San Diego Gas and Electric Company. From 1979 to 1986, Korpan held several positions with SDG&E, including senior vice president and chief financial officer, group vice president of finance and treasurer. He also practiced law in Colorado and served in various financial positions at Public Service Company of Colorado.
Throughout his professional career, Korpan served as a member of the Business Roundtable and the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers. He was a board member of Take Stock in Children, Florida Council of 100, Florida Council on Economic Education, Florida 2012, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and the Black Hills Corporation. He was also President of Ruth Eckerd Performing Arts Center in Clearwater, Florida.
Since his retirement, Korpan has been a private investor, an active member of his church, and a respected community volunteer. He has been a member on the Executive Advisory Board of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and the Daniels Advisory Board for the Business Ethics and Legal Studies Department.
Korpan is a graduate of Northwestern University, the University of Denver School of Law, and the Stanford Executive Program. He and his wife, Patricia, have served as Alliance Defending Freedom Ambassadors since 2005 and reside in Evergreen, Colorado.
Mark Maddoux – Secretary
Missionary, Denton Bible Church
Mark Maddoux is the former president, CEO, and co-founder of the USA Radio Network, vice president and chief financial officer for International Christian Media, and former head of research and development for Gelato of Texas.Read more…
Mark Maddoux is the former president, CEO, and co-founder of the USA Radio Network, vice president and chief financial officer for International Christian Media, and former head of research and development for Gelato of Texas.
A member of the Alliance Defending Freedom Board of Directors since 1994, Maddoux currently serves as secretary and member-at-large. His interest in Alliance Defending Freedom was most influenced by the need to preserve religious freedom and the ministry’s commitment to win.
His service to other boards, non-profit organizations, and the local community include the USA Radio Network, Boy Scouts of America, and Point of View (advisor). He is also the recipient of nine Katie awards and the National Religious Broadcasters Media Award for "Best Radio News Format."
He is a graduate of Texas A&M, where he earned a B.S. in food science and technology.
Senior Vice President of Government and Public Policy, Focus on the Family
Tom Minnery is senior vice president of Government and Public Policy for Focus on the Family. He is a former senior editor of Christianity Today magazine and Capitol Hill correspondent for Gannett News Service.Read more…
Tom Minnery is senior vice president of Government and Public Policy for Focus on the Family.
A founding member of the Alliance Defending Freedom Board of Directors and former chairman of the board, Minnery currently serves as member-at-large. His interest in Alliance Defending Freedom was most influenced by what he believes is the need to reclaim the court system for Christian moral principles.
Minnery is a former senior editor of Christianity Today magazine and Capitol Hill correspondent for Gannett News Service. His service to other boards, non-profit organizations, and the local community includes Regent University School of Government Board of Visitors, and local political campaigns. He has been a church elder for many years and the recipient of several recognition awards from local civic and church groups.
He is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a B.A. in journalism, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he earned an M.A. in religion.
Charles W. Pickering, Sr.
Senior Counsel, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
Charles W. Pickering, Sr., is senior counsel at the Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz law firm and is also a Gideon, a member of the Mission Mississippi board of directors, and the former president of Mississippi Baptists.Read more…
Charles W. Pickering, Sr., is senior counsel at the Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz law firm and is also a Gideon, a member of the Mission Mississippi Board of Directors, and the former president of Mississippi Baptists. He began his private law practice in 1961, and in October 1990, former President George H.W. Bush appointed him U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi, where he served 13 years. Eleven months after his recess appointment from President George W. Bush in January 2004, Pickering retired as an appellate judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Prior to becoming a member of the Alliance Defending Freedom Board of Directors in 2008, Pickering served on the faculty for the Blackstone Legal Fellowship in 2007 and 2008. His passion as a former judge to see our Constitution restored to its original intent piqued his interest in Alliance Defending Freedom, which he sees as leading the way toward reaching this goal.
Pickering was the county prosecuting attorney for Jones County, Mississippi, for four years, served in the Mississippi State Senate for eight years, was chairman of the Republican Party in Mississippi, and emerged as the Republican nominee for attorney general of the state. He also became the first chairman of the Jones County Economic Development Authority, and co-chaired the governor's commission to establish a civil rights museum in Mississippi. Pickering served as vice-chairman of the Southern Baptist Peace Committee, which he was instrumental in creating. He authored Supreme Chaos: The Politics of Judicial Confirmation and the Culture War, and A Price Too High: The Judiciary in Jeopardy. Pickering appeared on CBS's 60 Minutes; Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, and Hannity & Colmes; MSNBC's Scarborough Country; Court TV's Catherine Crier Live; PBS's The News Hour with Jim Lehrer; CSPAN's Washington Journal; Focus on the Family; and Janet Parshall's America.
Pickering has taught Sunday school at his Baptist church for more than 40 years while serving in many other capacities, including chairman of the deacons. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, and helped create the Institute for Racial Reconciliation there in 1999. Pickering graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law, and received an honorary doctorate from William Carey University, where he serves on the board of trustees.
U.S. Chief Operating Officer, Campus Crusade for Christ International (now Cru)
John F. Rogers is the chief operating officer for U.S. Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru), and has served the organization for more than 32 years. He is also the chief of staff in the Office of the President.Read more…
John F. Rogers is the chief operating officer for U.S. Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru), and has served the organization for more than 32 years. He is also the chief of staff in the Office of the President.
Rogers’ interest in serving was motivated by his commitment to defending the rights and privileges of people of faith, along with forging a stronger partnership between Campus Crusade for Christ and Alliance Defending Freedom.
Rogers is a board member of Randolph Productions, Inc.
Rogers graduated from Western Illinois University, where he earned a B.A. in political science.
Renewal Advisor, Presbyterian Coalition
Terry Schlossberg is the renewal advisor for the Presbyterian Coalition and immediate past chairman of the board for the Institute on Religion and Democracy. She has been an ardent pro-life advocate for decades and has supported Alliance Defending Freedom in this area of litigation for years.Read more…
Terry Schlossberg is the renewal advisor for the Presbyterian Coalition and immediate past chairman of the board for the Institute on Religion and Democracy. She has been an ardent pro-life advocate for decades and has supported Alliance Defending Freedom in this area of litigation for years.
Prior to becoming a member of Alliance Defending Freedom Governing Board of Directors in 2010, Schlossberg worked to promote fidelity and chastity in church leadership by serving with the Presbyterian Coalition as coordinator for the Campaign to Defeat Amendment B. Prior to that, she served as the Presbyterian Coalition’s executive director after nearly two decades as executive director of Presbyterian Pro-Life, Research, Education, and Care, Inc. Before beginning her career in the ministry, she was a secondary public school teacher and supervisor of special education programs for more than a decade.
Schlossberg has been long-established as a leader and authority on key religious and social issues. Her previous board service includes appointments with Presbyterian Action for Faith and Freedom, the Presbyterian Renewal Network, the National Pro-Life Religious Council, the Association for Church Renewal, The National Association of Evangelicals, and SEN—a mission organization based in Slovakia serving Eastern Europe. Schlossberg also served on the advisory board for Theology Matters, Presbyterians Pro-Life, and OneByOne. She co-authored Not My Own: Abortion and the Marks of the Church—which made the Christianity Today “Top 20 Books of the Year” list—and has had articles and materials on church reform published in First Things, Touchstone, Theology Matters, Presbyterian Layman, Presbyterian Pro-Life News, and various publications of the Presbyterian Coalition.
Schlossberg serves as an elder at National Presbyterian Church. She earned her M.A. at The George Washington University; received her B.A. from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota; and attained certification as a supervisor of special education programs in the state of Pennsylvania.
Alliance Defending Freedom was founded by the sacrificial, generous efforts of more than 30 evangelical Christian leaders, including several from America’s most respected ministries. The Founders believed that America was in desperate need of a unique Christ-centered legal ministry dedicated to dramatically elevating legal efforts to protect religious liberty from attacks by the opposition.
These five exceptional men took the leading role in forming Alliance Defending Freedom, and set the high standard of excellence and good stewardship that the ministry continues to abide by today.
Dr. Bill Bright (1921-2003)
Founder, Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru)
Dr. Bill Bright founded Campus Crusade for Christ – a campus ministry seeking to "win the campus today and change the world tomorrow" – and fully invested himself into the ministry for more than five decades.
In addition to his life-changing work with Campus Crusade for Christ, Dr. Bright composed a very important booklet about Christian salvation entitled The Four Spiritual Laws, which has been printed in approximately 200 languages since 1956.
"I truly believe we are fighting for the very survival of the Gospel
and of evangelism in America today.”The late Bill Bright
Larry Burkett (1939-2003)
Co-Founder, Crown Financial Ministries
Larry Burkett accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1972 – an event that had a profound effect, not only on the course of his own life, but also on the lives of countless individuals touched by the work of Crown Financial Ministries.
In 1973, Larry joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ as a financial counselor. He earnestly studied the Bible to learn what it says about handling money, and was soon teaching small groups around the country. In 1976, Larry formed Christian Financial Concepts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the biblical principles of handling money. In September 2000, Crown Financial Concepts merged with Crown Ministries to become Crown Financial Ministries. Larry served as chairman of the board of directors until his death on July 4, 2003.
"The legal attacks on our religious freedom are escalating at an alarming rate.
Through [Alliance Defending Freedom], we can unite, pool resources, and help defend our rights.”The late Larry Burkett
Dr. D. James Kennedy (1930-2007)
Former Senior Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
Through Coral Ridge Ministries, Dr. D. James Kennedy became the most listened-to Presbyterian minister in the world. His broadcast messages were televised from the nearly 10,000-member Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to 40,000 cities and towns across the United States and to nearly 200 nations.
Beyond his leadership at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Dr. Kennedy founded and oversaw Coral Ridge Ministries Media, Inc., Evangelism Explosion International, Knox Theological Seminary, and Westminster Academy. He also authored more than 55 books.
"At last an organization capable of confronting the ACLU and winning the battles is on the field. We are very thrilled to have had a part in their formation."The late Dr. D. James Kennedy
Dr. James C. Dobson
Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Focus on the Family; Founder, Family Talk
More than 30 years ago, Dr. James C. Dobson founded Focus on the Family to undergird Christian values for families in today’s world. What began with a radio program on a few stations in 1977 has grown to a network of more than 3,000 facilities in North America – with thousands more in 160 countries worldwide – plus a daily commentary heard by more than 220 million people.
After a long history of service with Focus on the Family, Dr. Dobson retired from the ministry he founded in February, 2010, and launched a new daily radio program, Family Talk, which is heard on Christian radio stations across the country.
"Through prayer and God’s direct intervention, Alan Sears has developed one of the most effective and powerful Christian organizations in the nation."Dr. James Dobson
Marlin Maddoux (1933-2004)
Former Host, "Point of View" Radio Program
Marlin Maddoux was the founder and president of International Christian Media and host of the Point of View radio talk show, as well as a noted journalist and author.
Point of View is broadcast daily by satellite on more than 360 radio stations nationwide and around the world by shortwave. Marlin brought a conservative Christian perspective to the full spectrum of issues and current events that affect our homes, beliefs, schools, government, churches, and basic freedoms. In 1986, he was given the National Religious Broadcasters Award of Merit. In 1994, Christianity Today magazine called Point of View America's "most popular live Christian call-in show."
"[Alliance Defending Freedom] gives Christians a unique way to fight back against the radical attacks of groups like the ACLU, homosexual activists, and anti-family activists."The late Marlin Maddoux