Religious Freedom Summit


SUMMIT SPEAKERS


Steve Green

President of Hobby Lobby

Steve Green - Freedom Summit SpeakerSteve Green is the President of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., located in Oklahoma City, OK. Hobby Lobby is considered a leader in the arts and crafts industry. They have stores across the nation that offer crafting and home decor products. Steve devotes half his time to The Green Collection, one of the world's newest and largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts.

Russell D. Moore

President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Russell MooreRussell D. Moore is President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral concerns and public policy entity of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Prior to his election in 2013, Moore served as provost and dean of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also taught as professor of theology and ethics. Moore is the author of several books including Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churchesand Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five sons.

Jennifer A. Marshall

Jennifer MarshallAs director of domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, Jennifer A. Marshall oversees research in areas that determine the character of our culture: education, marriage, family, religion and civil society.

Marshall heads the think tank's Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, where researchers examine the role that religion, family and community play in society and public policy. She also oversees FamilyFacts.org, an online source of easy-to-share charts, briefs, videos and reports on the latest social science research on family and religious practice.

In 2010, National Journal named Marshall one of 20 "power players" in Washington for her work on school choice and other education reforms.

Before joining Heritage in 2003, Marshall worked on cultural policy issues at Empower America, a free-market think tank. Before that, she was senior director of family studies at the Family Research Council and taught at an American school in Lyon, France.

Marshall collaborates with Heritage colleagues to explore how moral values and civil society relate to issues such as limited government, a strong national economy and foreign policy. One recent hallmark of her team's efforts is "Indivisible," a 2010 collection of essays in which prominent fiscal conservatives write on issues normally associated with social conservatives, and vice versa.

Marshall contributes a regular column on issues of faith and family to the McClatchy-Tribune news wire, placing her perspective in dozens of the nation's best newspapers and affiliated websites. She has spoken at national and international forums, testified before Congress and appeared on numerous radio and television shows, among them C-SPAN's premier talk show, "Washington Journal," and PBS' "To the Contrary."

She is the author of "Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century" (Multnomah Publishers, 2007). The book evaluates the cultural, practical and spiritual issues that marriage-minded young women confront as the age of first marriage continues to rise in America.

Marshall holds a master's degree in statecraft and world politics from the Washington-based Institute of World Politics and a bachelor's degree in French from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., where she also earned teacher's certification. She currently resides in Arlington, Va.

Jeffery J. Ventrella

Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview

Jeff Ventrella - Freedom Summit SpeakerJeffery J. Ventrella serves as senior counsel and senior vice-president of strategic training for Alliance Defending Freedom at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since joining Alliance Defending Freedom in 2000, he has headed the Alliance Defending Freedom Blackstone Legal Fellowship, a unique legal internship program that has graduated nearly 1,100 outstanding law students. Ventrella also leads the Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy, which has trained thousands of allied attorneys across the nation in litigating constitutional law cases. He regularly engages the culture through formal debates and serves as an approved speaker for The Federalist Society. Ventrella earned his J.D. from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law and has practiced law since 1985. He is a member of the Idaho State Bar and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, and the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kristen Waggoner

Kristin Waggoner - Freedom Summit SpeakerAfter serving many years as a partner at ELM, Kristen moved to an "of counsel" relationship with ELM. She spends much of her time as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. Kristen’s advisory role at ELM continues to include civil litigation, appellate, employment, family, non-profit, and constitutional law.

Since joining ELM 16 years ago, Kristen has participated in many constitutional cases, including Andersen v. King County (same-sex marriage), Stormans v. Selecky (pharmacist conscience rights), and State v. Hamlin (clergy-penitent privilege). She has served as outside general counsel to private schools and universities, churches, and other non-profit organizations. She has also defended individuals in a variety of areas, including breach of contract, negligence, wrongful termination, statutory claims, and family disputes.

Kristen enjoys teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Northwest University and serves on the board of trustees. She also clerked for Justice Richard B. Sanders of the Washington Supreme Court. She is a Martindale-Hubbell AV© peer-review rated attorney. She has been named a "Rising Star" for many years by Washington Law & Politics and is a sought-after national speaker at seminars and events on legal and cultural issues. Kristen also has numerous media appearances, including The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Washington Times, The Seattle Times, BBC News, and the Associated Press.

Kristen earned her J.D. from Regent University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude in 1997. She is admitted to the state bars in Washington, Florida, and Oregon. She is also admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st and 9th Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington.

Eric Teetsel

Executive Director of the Manhattan Declaration

Eric Teetsel - Freedom Summit SpeakerEric is executive director of the Manhattan Declaration, a "call of Christian conscience" on life, marriage, and religious liberty founded by Charles W. Colson in 2009 and signed by hundreds of prominent Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical leaders and over 540,000 others. Eric was personally offered the position of executive director by Chuck Colson just three weeks before he died. Eric is responsible for ensuring that the movement continues to inform the public debate over life, marriage, and religious freedom and serves the broader coalition of organizations working on these fundamental issues.

The proud son of a career Army officer, Eric moved numerous times as a child, including seven years in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. He attended Wheaton College, graduating with a degree in Interpersonal Communication in 2006. After earning a Masters of Education in College Student Affairs he joined the staff of Colorado Christian University as a Life Directions Advisor.

After three years at AEI, a new opportunity presented itself with the Manhattan Declaration.

In 2011, Eric married the love of his life, Abby, a high school math teacher in Southeast D.C. Together with their dog, the couple lives on Capitol Hill, where they can often be found eating frozen yogurt and rooting for the Nationals.

John Stonestreet

Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview

John StonestreetJohn Stonestreet is a Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is a gifted communicator on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges, churches, schools, and other various gatherings each year.

He is the co-host with Eric Metaxas of BreakPoint, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson, and the voice of The Point, a daily national radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. He also serves as a Senior Content Advisor for Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Illinois) and Bryan College (Tennessee), and is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview (Sheffield Press).

He and his wife Sarah have three daughters and a dog, and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Mindy Belz

Editor of WORLD Magazine

Mindy Belz is editor of WORLD magazine. She has written for WORLD since 1986, becoming the magazine's international editor in 1994 and its editor in 2004. She has covered war in Africa, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. Her reporting has been published overseas, as well as in First Things, the Charlotte Observer, Frontpage Magazine and the Washington Times. She has appeared on Fox News and ABC News and is a regular guest on radio talk shows. She is a former Capitol Hill staffer, and attended George Washington University. She makes her home in North Carolina. Mindy has been a WJI teacher.

Thomas Farr

Religious Freedom Project Director

Thomas F. Farr is director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and a visiting associate professor of religion and international affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. A former American diplomat and leading authority on international religious freedom, Farr has published widely, including "Diplomacy in an Age of Faith" in Foreign Affairs (March/April 2008), and World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security (Oxford University Press, 2008). Farr received his B.A. in history from Mercer University, and his Ph.D. in modern British and European history from the University of North Carolina.

Mike Adams

Political Commentator for Townhall.com

Mike Adams teaches at UNC-Wilmington, Mike Adams won the Faculty Member of the Year award (issued by the Office of the Dean of Students) for the second time in 2000.

After his involvement in a well publicized free speech controversy in the wake of the 911 terror attacks, Mike Adams became a vocal critic of the diversity movement in academia. He has since made appearances on shows like Hannity and Colmes, the O'Reilly Factor, and Glenn Beck. His column on TownHall.com has earned him countless hate mails - often from radical feminists who hate males.

Mike Adams published his first book, Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel, in 2004. His second book, Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts "Womyn" On Campus, was published in 2008. Later that year, Adams joined the faculty of Summit Ministries in Colorado where he spends his summers lecturing against abortion and in favor of First Amendment rights on college campuses.

In addition to lecturing on the First Amendment, Mike Adams is actively involved in legal challenges to campus censorship. Represented by the ADF, he won a landmark First Amendment case before the 4th Circuit in Richmond, VA. Decided in 2011, Adams v UNCW held that professors publishing columns and giving speeches have the full protection of the First Amendment when discussing matters of public concern. Hence, when professors report such activities as part of their annual review, tenure, or promotion materials the university does not have license to discriminate on the basis of the professor's viewpoint.

Dr. Adams' third book, Letters to a Young Progressive, was published in April of 2013. In 2014, Adams v. UNCW finally went to trial to determine whether the university violated the First Amendment in 2006 by denying his promotion to full professor in retaliation for his speeches and columns on TownHall.com. He was represented at trial by David French of the ACLJ and Travis Barham of ADF. On March 20th, the federal jury ruled in Adams favor. On April 8th, the court ordered UNCW to promote Adams and give him seven years back pay. He spent most of the money on guns made by Browning, guitars made by Fender, and amps made by Mesa Boogie.

Warren Smith

World Magazine

Warren Smith - Freedom Summit SpeakerWarren Cole Smith is the associate publisher of WORLD Magazine, the nation’s largest Christian news magazine. He is also publisher and editor of WORLD News Service, a "wire service" serving approximately 100 Christian newspapers with a combined print-run of more than one million each month. Before launching a career in Christian journalism, Warren spent over seven years as the marketing director for a major division of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a "Big Five" accounting firm.

Warren honed his story-telling skills by writing outdoor and adventure stories -- both fiction and non-fiction -- for such magazines as Alaska, High Country, High Adventure, and Sports Afield. His essays, reviews, interviews, and articles have also been included in various books, including Public Relations, one of the most widely used college journalism textbooks in the world.

Professional and civic honors include selection to Outstanding Young Men In America and Who's Who Among American Executives. In 1997 The Business Journal of Charlotte chose him as one of Charlotte's "40 Under 40," an annual list of the city’s business and civic leaders under the age of 40. His monthly editorial column won the Evangelical Press Association’s top prize as “Column of the Year” in 2006. A series of articles he did on AIDS in India won the Evangelical Press Association’s top prize for feature reporting in 2004. During his time as publisher and editor of The Charlotte World, which won more awards from the Evangelical Press Association than any other paper, including twice being named “Newspaper of the Year.” Smith’s column was named “Column Of The Year” by the EPA and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers.

Warren has been an active supporter of the Boy Scouts for more than 30 years. He is an Eagle Scout, and he served for seven years on the staff at Philmont Scout Ranch. He served two terms as president of the Philmont Staff Association, and he has contributed to or edited four books about Philmont.

His education includes a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English, both from the University of Georgia. He and his wife Missy have been married for 26 years, and they have four children. His oldest is a graduate of Grove City College. He has a son at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Warren and Missy and their two younger children live in Charlotte, N.C.

He speaks often at churches, conferences, and other Christian and political events.

Craig L. Parshall

Senior Vice President and General Counsel for National Religious Broadcasters

Craig Parshall - Freedom Summit SpeakerCraig Parshall is a legal and policy advisor to Washington-based Christian groups, including as Senior Advisor to National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) and Director of its John Milton Project for Free Speech, and as Special Counsel to the American Center for Law and Justice. As the past Sr. V.P. and General Counsel for NRB, Craig represented that association before the Supreme Court, and testified on First Amendment and media-related issues before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Prior to coming to NRB, as a civil liberties attorney, Mr. Parshall represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the federal District Courts and Courts of Appeal in Washington, DC, Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Denver, Dallas, and Richmond, and has argued religious liberty cases before the state supreme courts of Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Maryland. Mr. Parshall has appeared on numerous media outlets, including NBC’s Today Show, CNN, CBS radio, C-Span, PBS, NPR and Court TV. His cases have been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Boston Globe, The National Law Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Milwaukee Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and The Des Moines Register, among others.

While working with NRB, Mr. Parshall has testified numerous times in both the House and the Senate on religious freedom issues, and he presented NRB’s position on media freedom and FCC rule changes for non-commercial broadcasters before the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Parshall worked with Senate leaders, and in particular Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), in drafting a religious freedom amendment designed to protect faith-based communicators from being wrongly prosecuted under the new federal hate crimes law. That amendment was part of legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Mr. Parshall’s work as a New York Times best-selling novelist has received critical acclaim from Publishers Weekly, numerous fiction reviews, and film insiders like Hollywood producer/director Ken Wales. He has published eleven suspense novels, his most recent, Edge of Apocalypse, Thunder of Heaven, and recently released Brink of Chaos, as a co-author with Left Behind author Tim LaHaye. Mr. Parshall is a frequent speaker on issues of faith, public policy and biblical worldview, and has debated organizations like the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Southern Poverty Law Center as well as atheist groups. He has addressed a wide divergence of audiences, from legal and public policy events in the Washington, DC area, to debating movie directors in Hollywood on the role of violence in cinema. Mr. Parshall is a member of Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders in America. He is married to nationally-syndicated Christian radio broadcaster Janet Parshall.

Austin Nimocks

Alliance Defending Freedom

Austin Nimocks - Freedom Summit SpeakerAustin R. Nimocks serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom at its Washington, D.C., Regional Service Center, where he heads the marriage litigation team. Before joining Alliance Defending Freedom in 2007, he spent nearly 10 years in private practice on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Nimocks earned his J.D. from the Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas. He is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Arizona, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S Courts of Appeal for the D.C., 1st, 4th, 5th, and 9th Circuits, and he has also appeared before various federal and state courts around the country.

Thomas White

Cedarville University

Thomas White became the 10th president of Cedarville University on July 1, 2013. Serving in a variety of leadership roles and responsibilities, White has more than a decade of administrative, teaching, and research experience and combines strong leadership with a pastoral heart for ministry while standing for biblical truth.

White served as the Director of Leadership Development at Southwestern Seminary for two years. In June 2006, White was promoted and has served until June 2013 as Vice President for Student Services and Communications. Serving as an executive leader as part of the President’s Cabinet, his administrative oversight included admissions, communications, international students, the chaplain, student life, financial aid, recreation center, the student center, housing, dining services, media services, and the on-campus conference center and hotel.

White also served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Seminary. In his faculty role, he taught in the Oxford University study program and was a visiting professor, along with his wife, Joy, at Word of Life Bible Institute in New York. At Southwestern, White has developed online graduate-level classes; taught master’s and doctoral courses in subjects including systematic theology, public relations for the local church, and advanced expository preaching; and revamped the seminary’s evangelism program.

White has been active in research, writing, and contributing to the academy. Early in his career, he received an academic excellence award and a study grant, which led to him publishing a three-volume series on James Madison Pendleton. White co-authored Franchising McChurch: Feeding Our Obsession with Easy Christianity in 2009 and served as editor of First Freedom: The Baptist Perspective on Religious Liberty, Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, and Upon This Rock. White has contributed to other books, written numerous articles, and is active in social media through Facebook, Twitter, and his blog.

Mark Smith

Cedarville University

Dr. Smith serves as Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Center for Political Studies at Cedarville University. He teaches courses in American Politics, Constitutional Law, and Research Methodology/Data Analysis. Dr. Smith has authored numerous refereed journal articles, book chapters, and other publications. His primary research interest is in the field of religion and American politics. He received his B.A. in history from Bryan College (1992), an M.A. in the history of Christianity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1995), and an M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2001) in political science from the University of Georgia. Before arriving at Cedarville in 2004, Dr. Smith taught at Tulane University and Calvin College.

Andrew Walker

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Andrew Walker - Freedom Summit SpeakerAndrew Walker (Ph.D. candidate, Ethics and Public Policy, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves the ERLC as Director of Policy Studies. His responsibilities include policy and cultural analysis, policy communication, content production and coalitions. Andrew came to the ERLC from The Heritage Foundation in August 2013. He is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Christian, and they have one daughter.

Eric Buehrer

Eric BuehrerEric Buehrer is recognized for his expertise in helping Christian adults involved in public schools. Over 350,000 of his ministry tools have been used by parents, teachers, and churches.

His work has been twice featured as the cover story of Focus on the Family magazine, and numerous times on BreakPoint with Chuck Colson. He has written articles for, Teachers in Focus, Christian Parenting, Insight, and American Family Association Journal. His books and materials have been endorsed by Dr. D. James Kennedy, Josh McDowell, and Chuck Colson.

I applaud Gateways for its tremendous work of equipping parents and teachers so they can help our children and grandchildren understand the importance of our Christian heritage.
Chuck Colson

He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs including CBS This Morning, The Coral Ridge Hour, The 700 Club, Point of View, and Family Life Today. Eric's daily radio commentaries are heard on nearly 400 radio outlets nationwide.

Steve Fedyski

Vibrant Consulting Group

Steve FedyskiFor the past eight years, Steve served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Vibrant Consulting Group, a comprehensive strategic marketing and public relations firm. Prior to this, Steve spent twenty-three years in senior level sales, marketing and operations positions for Kraft Foods, Borden, Sealy and ADVO, Inc.

As an elder of Highlands Church (Scottsdale, AZ), teacher, discipleship leader and mentor he has been very active in service to others. Among the many ministries he’s been involved with include Life Builders/Campus Crusade, House of Refuge, Crosstrainers, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and serves as a member of Campus Crusade’s Arizona Prison Advisory Board.

Steve describes Tracy, his wife of twenty-eight years, as an “incredible life partner.” Tracy has held positions as Bible Study Coordinator for Women’s Ministry, Bible Study Teacher/Discipleship Leader, Caring Families Leader, Leadership for Bible Study Fellowship and has served on the Board of Directors for Christian Family Care Agency. They have two married children, Patrick and his wife Staci and Kadie and her husband Ryan and three grandchildren.

Mark David Hall

Christians in Political Science

Mark David HallMark David Hall has been at George Fox since 2001. He received a BA in political science from Wheaton College and a PhD in political science from the University of Virginia.

Mark’s primary research and writing interests are American political theory and the relationship between religion and politics. He has written or co-edited The Political and Legal Philosophy of James Wilson, 1742-1798 (1997); The Founders on God and Government (2004); Collected Works of James Wilson 2 vol. (2007); The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life (2009); The Sacred Rights of Conscience: Selected Readings on Religious Liberty and Church-State Relations in the American Founding (2009); America’s Forgotten Founders (2011), and Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has also written more than fifty journal articles, book chapters, reviews, and sundry pieces. He is currently co-editing Faith and the Founders of the American Republic (forthcoming, Oxford University Press) and co-authoring a book tentatively titled America’s “Godless” Constitution, Deist Founders, and other Myths About Religion and the American Founding. Mark also serves as a Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for the Studies of Religion. Mark is listed in Wikipedia and is recognized as an expert on church-state relations by Christians in Political Science and ReligionLink. He is currently president of the national organization Christians in Political Science and serves on the Board of Veritas Christian School. Professor Hall is available for public speaking on the following topics:

  • "Did America Have a Christian Founding?"
  • "Jeffersonian Walls and Madisonian Lines: The Supreme Court's Use of History and the First Amendment's Religion Clauses"
  • "The Old Puritan and a New Nation: Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic"
  • "Distorted Realitites: Faith and the Founders of the American Republic"
Mark offered a lecture at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., entitled "Did America have a Christian Founding?"

Mike Gonidakis

Ohio Right to Life

Mike was born in Akron and raised in Stow, Ohio. Mike graduated from The Ohio State University in 1995 with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Sociology. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron, School of Law and was admitted to the practice in 1999.

Mike brings valuable insight and knowledge regarding regulatory affairs, public policy, federal and state politics, and grassroots organization. Mike’s professional career includes experience in both the private and public sector. Beginning his career with then State Auditor Jim Petro, he provided legal counsel regarding statutory compliance with federal and state laws to elected officials and political subdivisions. He then practiced law in Columbus at the law firm of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter focusing in the areas of national and state government affairs, health care law and administrative law. Mike served as the campaign manager for Pro-Life Justice Terrence O'Donnell and Pro-Life Justice Robert Cupp who both successfully were elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in 2006.

Mike, his wife Amy and their adopted children, Olivia Grace and Isaac Charles, reside in Dublin with their chocolate Labrador Reagan and English Bulldog, Ruby.

David Rich

Cedarville University

Dr. Rich joined the faculty of Cedarville University in 2000. Prior to that, he gained over 20 years of experience working in government, with the majority of that service as a city manager. He has special interest in state and local government, privatization, and the Christian's role in government.

Robert Vaughn

Cedarville University

Professor Vaughn served in state government for 10 years as an attorney and in court administration before joining the Cedarville faculty in 2009. A practicing attorney and member of the Ohio bar, his responsibilities with the state included serving as Assistant Attorney General, Crime Victim Services and as both Case Management Counsel and Staff Attorney at the Supreme Court of Ohio. Professor Vaughn remains active in his profession by advocating for crime victims in state and local jurisdictions.

John Hart

Cedarville University

As Cedarville University’s first in-house General Counsel, Hart oversees legal compliance, provides sound counsel and facilitates best practices for the long term success of Cedarville University. He is responsible for collaborating across divisions and departments to develop cooperative approaches to goal setting and strategic plans. Hart is also tasked with guiding the University’s operations within appropriate governance while identifying and managing legal risks.

Hart also served for 26 years at the University of Dayton (UD) as their Director of Legal Affairs and University Counsel. At UD, Hart served as an adviser to student organizations, taught classes at all levels, provided faculty and staff training and worked on a number of University committees.

Hart has also served on the board of directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and recently has been reappointed to the Legal Services Review Panel of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He also serves on the board of Legacy Ministries International, the local oversight organization for the Dayton Christian School System.

Jeremy Ervin

Cedarville University

Dr. Ervin is the inaugural Dean of the School of Education. With his experience in providing professional learning for K–12 teachers and his time teaching pedagogy in higher education, he recognizes how the 21st-century classroom needs to center on the engagement of the learner with enduring understandings. As a certified 7th–12th grade mathematics and science teacher, his research interest has been focused on STEM literacy and aimed at building connections between teachers, professors, and teacher-candidates. Dr. Ervin’s expertise enables him to provide effective workshops on STEM education, technology integration, and curriculum design around Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

Dennis Sullivan

Cedarville University

Dr. Sullivan serves as Professor of Biology and has been at Cedarville since 1996. Before coming to Cedarville, Dr. Sullivan served as a medical missionary in Haiti and Central African Republic. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Christian Medical Association, and the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. Dr. Sullivan serves as Director of the University’s Center for Bioethics and his research interests center on moral philosophy and biomedical ethics.

Angelia Mickle

Cedarville University

Professor Mickle has spent the majority of her nursing career practicing emergency and trauma nursing, including five years as a flight nurse. She also served six years in the military and is proud of our armed forces. Her professional interests include underserved populations with a focus in women’s health. She served as adjunct faculty at Cedarville University since 2005 and became part of the full-time faculty in 2008.

Derrick Green

Cedarville University

Derrick Green graduated from Cedarville College in 1997 with a BA in Communication Studies with a specialization in Organizational Communication. While attending CU, he competed for Cedarville’s Individual Events forensic team. From 1997-1999, Derrick attended Miami University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in speech communication and assisted in coaching Miami's individual events forensic team. While teaching at Kansas State University from 1999-2002, he worked as assistant Individual Events coach. He has worked extensively with Individual Events Forensics teams at all three schools. Joining the faculty of Cedarville University in the Fall of 2002, he teaches Fundamentals of Speech and also functions as assistant coach for the Individual Events Speech Team. Derrick is single and lives in the town of Cedarville.

Loren Reno

Cedarville University

Lt. Gen. Reno, USAF (Ret), served in the United States Air Force for 38 years before becoming the first Dean of the Cedarville University School of Business Administration in 2012. He has led small and large organizations doing maintenance, repair, and overhaul for jet engines and large military aircraft; supply chain management; jet fuel acquisition and distribution; and operational aircraft maintenance. He was the Air Force’s senior logistician with policy oversight and budget advocacy for 207,000 maintainers, logisticians, civil engineers, and security forces men and women. He has been a longtime member of several professional organizations and was the senior Air Force advisor to the Logistics Officer Association from 2009–2012.

Jason Lee

Cedarville University

Jason K. Lee has served as the Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies at Cedarville University since 2013. He previously served as a professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (NC) and also at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (TX). He also previously served in pastoral ministry in Louisiana and Scotland. He has published a book and essays in his fields of historical theology and theological interpretation. He preaches regularly and has served local churches as an interim pastor.