Lata Nott is the Executive Director of the Freedom Forum Institute’s First Amendment Center. The mission of the First Amendment Center is to provide resources to help the public understand how their freedoms of speech, press, religion, assembly, and petition work, and how they can be protected. Lata regularly provides information and commentary on issues involving these rights.
Mary Kate Knorr is the Executive Director of Illinois Right to Life, a pro-life non-profit combining research and educational outreach to advocate for legislation that protects the unborn. Illinois Right to Life also serves and supports women and men facing crisis pregnancy situations to help more parents choose life.
Dr. Corey Miller is the President and CEO of Ratio Christi, a global movement that equips university students and faculty to give historical, philosophical, and scientific reasons for following Jesus Christ. Ratio Christi combines apologetics and evangelism to combat the objections that are pulling Christian youth away from the church.
Bob Lambert and Jennifer Villarreal are the hosts of Faith Marketplace, a radio show on AM 1160. The mission of Faith Marketplace is to inspire, equip, and encourage Christians in the business realm. Bob and Jennifer do this by inviting business leaders to share their stories of faith and how they live it out through their interactions with employees, customers, vendors, and colleagues.
Brandon O’Brien is the author of Demanding Liberty: An Untold Story of American Religious Freedom. In his book, Brandon unveils the historic struggle of how religious liberty in the United States came to be, following the efforts of Baptist pastor Isaac Backus who strived to secure freedom of religion and conscience for all.
Dan Patlak is Commissioner for the First District of the Cook County Board of Review, where he has served since first being elected in 2010. In his role as commissioner, Dan works to ensure fair property tax assessments for property owners. Since he has been on the board, there have been several improvements to help simplify and streamline this process for taxpayers.
Clark Bates is an apologist and the founder of Exe-Jesus, a website with evidence and defense for the Christian faith for both believers and skeptics alike. As someone whose own faith has been challenged, Clark believes that every Christian should be confident and able to give a defense for what they hold to be true.
Richard Hammar is an attorney, CPA, and Founder of Christianity Today’s Church Law & Tax. As Senior Editor of the Church Law & Tax Report, Rich contributes up-to-date legal and financial information that gives practical guidance to churches and clergy.
Ken Kinton is a Christian author who offers a unique perspective on contemporary issues by comparing and contrasting similar issues that took place during biblical and current times. His book, Pulpit Friction: Reawakening the Church’s Voice in a Political Wilderness takes a look at the challenges facing the church today as it seeks to strike a balance between its prophetic call and the current issues causing turmoil and division.
Matt Branaugh is an Editor for Church Law & Tax, a ministry of Christianity Today which serves as a practical resource for churches and clergy. Church Law & Tax provides comprehensive and easily accessible information on legal, tax, financial, and risk management matters.
David Barton is the Founder of Wallbuilders, a national pro-family organization dedicated to presenting America’s forgotten history and heroes. Wallbuilders puts an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built—a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined.
Betsey Newenhuyse is Writer-in-Residence at Moody Publishers where she works with Gary Chapman and other authors on books related to building relationships. As one of the first editors assigned to help John Mauck write Jesus in the Courtroom, Betsey’s insight and guidance is invaluable when it comes to books.
Simone Halpin is the Executive Director of Naomi’s House, a ministry of The Moody Church in Chicago that offers hope and healing to survivors of sex trafficking. Naomi’s House is a comprehensive residential program that exists to provide the resources that allow victims of exploitation to have a new start.
Jamie Sinclair is the lead pastor of Christian Fellowship Center of Canton New York, a church that Mauck & Baker recently represented in a religious liberty case challenging the Village of Canton’s discriminatory zoning code, which prevented the church from worshiping in a building they had purchased. During the case Christian Fellowship Center faced hostility from many in the community, but continued to pursue equal rights for the church, even achieving support from the United States Department of Justice.
Matthew Soerens is the U.S. Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief, an organization that empowers churches across the United States to provide support for vulnerable immigrants and refugees. Matthew is also the author of two books including Welcoming the Stranger: Justice Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate, and Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis.
Tom Ciesielka is the founder and president of TC Public Relations, a company that specializes in crisis communications, media relations, and social media strategy for churches, ministries, lawyers, and nonprofit organizations.
Laurie Higgins is the Cultural Affairs Writer for the Illinois Family Institute. With an endless supply of content to write about, Laurie consistently comments on the ever-changing landscape of our society that continues to move farther away from God.
Dr. Bruce Riley Ashford is Provost and Professor of Theology and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Ashford is also the author of several books including Letters to an American Christian, in which he addresses the overarching issues of the relationship between Christianity and politics, while challenging readers to take seriously both our heavenly and earthly citizenships.
Brien Cron is the Founder and President of Chicago Tiny House, an organization that is tackling the issue of homelessness by providing affordable housing through the use of innovative tiny houses. As an advocate for the homeless, Brien has used his entrepreneurial spirit to initiate real change.
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Ron Edmondson is the CEO of Leadership Network, an organization that inspires and equips leaders in the church. By cultivating collaboration within the body of Christ, pastors and churches are able to have a more effective impact in their local communities.