The Awakening 2016 Speaker Biographies (2)

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Dean Rena Lindevaldsen, J.D., Esq.

Dean Rena Lindevaldsen serves as Interim Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law, and Associate Director of the Liberty Center for Law and Policy at Liberty University School of Law. Previously, Dean Lindevaldsen served as Senior Litigation Counsel to Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit litigation and education organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and traditional family.

While at Liberty Counsel, Dean Lindevaldsen was actively involved in nationwide efforts to preserve traditional marriage through litigation, legislation, and constitutional amendments. She filed the first lawsuit to enjoin San Francisco’s efforts to “marry” same-sex couples, and obtained two orders enjoining public officials in New York from officiating same-sex unions. Dean Lindevaldsen successfully challenged New York City’s decision to publicly fund a high school for homosexual students and a Maryland school board’s decision to implement sex education curriculum that presented materials hostile to conservative, religious beliefs.

In addition to her efforts to protect children and families, Dean Lindevaldsen regularly provided representation to Child Evangelism Fellowship in its efforts to gain access to public schools for after school Good News Clubs. She also was part of the legal team that defended, in litigation at the United States Supreme Court, the right of McCreary County, Kentucky to display the Ten Commandments in a county building.

In 2004, Dean Lindevaldsen launched the first annual “Day of Purity,” a project encouraging youth to make a commitment to remain sexually pure in mind and actions, and continues to serve as its International Coordinator. She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs around the world, including BBC News, MSNBC’s “The Abrams Report” and “Scarborough Country,” CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now,” and Fox News Radio’s “The Alan Colmes Show.” She has been a speaker and panelist at a number of conferences, seminars, and debates around the country.

Dean Lindevaldsen is admitted to practice law in all Florida, New York, and Virginia state courts, the United States Supreme Court, and all United States Courts of Appeal. She is married to Karl Lindevaldsen. They have three children.

Pastor Herman Martir

Herman Martir serves as the Senior Pastor of the Nations Worship Center in Fort Worth, TX. He also serves as Director of HELP International and the Global Transformation Resource Group and as President of Emerging Leaders International. Herman is passionate about helping others draw nearer to God and also takes an active role in seeking and encouraging right leadership for the United States.

Sandra Susan Merritt 

Sandra Susan Merritt is one of the bravest women in America.  As the mother of two daughters, she dared to take on the largest and most powerful abortion business in the world to expose Planned Parenthood for the evil enterprise that it is.  Sandra had been asking the Lord to use her for his purposes.  When given the opportunity to expose Planned Parenthood, Sandra instantly knew that it was a high calling, and she acted in obedience to that call.  Over the course of three years, Sandra went under cover in the horrific market for baby parts.  Her fearless and tireless work revealed the horrific Planned Parenthood undercover videos, which exposed its barbaric enterprise and awakened the conscience of America.

Harry Mihet

Harry Mihet, J.D., Esq.

Harry Mihet is Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel with Liberty Counsel, an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family. With offices in Florida; Virginia; Washington, D.C.; California; and a presence in Israel, Liberty Counsel has hundreds of advocates around the world.

Harry grew up in communist Romania, where his father pastored 17 predominately underground churches. Harry and his entire family suffered great persecution. At the age of 12, Harry participated in the Christmas Revolution of 1989, when a spiritually starved nation rose up and overthrew the oppressive Communist regime. Shortly thereafter, through a series of miracles, God brought Harry's family to the United States.

Harry received his undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Florida. In 2002 he graduated magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law. Harry spent the first six years of his legal career working for two of the largest law firms in the country, defending America's largest companies.

Harry joined Liberty Counsel in September 2008, after sensing God's call to defend our most cherished freedoms. Since then, Harry has participated in many critical issues, including the defense and passage of Florida’s Marriage Amendment, and the defense of individuals charged with contempt because of their public prayer. Harry has appeared on a number of television, radio and print media outlets, including “Fox and Friends,” “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” and Fox News Radio.

Harry and his wife, Tammie, raise their two young boys in Florida.

William J. Murray

William J. Murray

William J. “Bill” Murray is the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C. For more than three decades Bill has been at the forefront of social conservatism. During the early 1980s he served as director of Freedom’s Friends, an organization that reached out to the victims of communism worldwide. In the 1990s he founded the first commercial Bible publishing company in the Soviet Union. For many years his organizations operated evangelistic tours to the Soviet Union for Christians. As the Soviet Union collapsed, and the former Soviet satellite nations with a strong Muslim presence were released from Communist rule, Bill warned of a coming great Islamic Jihad against the secular West.

On September 11, 2001 he was driving past the Pentagon on his way to a news conference supporting the Sudan Peace Act when American flight 77 crashed into that building. Before the end of September Bill ran ads in national newspapers pointing out that there was no distinguishable difference between the Saudi and Taliban governments.

From his office in Washington, D.C., Bill continues to work for the rights of Christians in America and persecuted Christians around the world. Under his guidance the Religious Freedom Coalition assists Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria as well as Palestinian Christian families and Christian schools in the West Bank. He has traveled to the Middle East and Africa numerous times. Bill has been a part of fact-finding missions in such areas as Kosovo, Sudan, Morocco, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and China. Bill also directs the Christmas for Refugees program, which conducts Christmas dinners for Christian refugee children from Iraq and Syria.

Bill has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC nightly news as well as various Fox News Channel programs. He is a regular guest on radio talk shows. Murray also speaks at numerous conferences and church events each year. He is the author of seven books including his best selling autobiography, My Life Without God, which details his childhood in the dysfunctional home of atheist and Marxist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

Troy Newman

Adopted at birth and raised in San Diego, Troy Newman has more than 27 years of experience and leadership in business and pro-life ministry with great success growing Christian organizations. Troy's leadership has brought about a dramatic reduction in the numbers of abortions and abortion providers nationally. Troy serves on boards for a number of pro-life groups and was a founding board member for the Center for Medical Progress, the organization that has made headlines with its hard-hitting videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s participation in the illegal trafficking of fetal remains. Troy is a published author of four books: Their Blood Cries Out, Am I Now Your Enemy for Telling You the Truth. Troy and his wife, Mellissa, homeschool their five children on a small hobby farm in Kansas.

Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins is the President of the Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation's first Covenant Marriage law. Although he had no opposition for re-election, he kept his pledge to serve only two terms and left office at the completion of his term in 2004. Since joining FRC in the fall of 2003, he has launched new initiatives to affirm and defend the Judeo-Christian values that this nation is founded upon. Tony Perkins and FRC have led the way in defending religious freedom in the public square, protecting the unborn and their mothers, defending and strengthening one man/one woman marriage, and promoting pro-family public policy. Tony hosts a regular national radio program, "Washington Watch Weekly," broadcasts a daily commentary heard on over 300 stations nationwide, and sends daily email updates to tens of thousands of grassroots activists. He frequently appears on national broadcast and cable news programs. Tony's first book, Personal Faith, Public Policy, co-authored with Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., was released in March 2008. In addition, he has been a keynote speaker for organizations across the country.

David H. Pickup, M.A.

David H. Pickup, M.A. is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Reparative Therapist, dedicated to helping those struggling with same sex attractions. David attended his Doctoral Studies at the California Southern University, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and is a board member of the National Association of Research and Therapy for Homosexuality.

Greg Quinlan

Greg Quinlan served as President of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), a non-profit organization providing outreach, education, and public awareness in support of families and the ex-gay community. As a former gay activist, Greg promoted the homosexual agenda in Washington, D.C. and his home state of Ohio for over 10 years. As a Registered Nurse, Greg witnessed more than 100 of his friends and acquaintances lose their lives to AIDS.

Greg turned from homosexuality in 1993 and has since shared his compelling testimony on the Christian Broadcasting Network program, “The 700 Club,” Trinity Broadcasting Network television programs and numerous talk radio programs. He has been quoted in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and WorldNet Daily, to name only a few. Greg now boldly stands in the public square proclaiming, “Homosexuality doesn’t have to last a lifetime. Ex-gays prove change is possible.” Greg has successfully debated a person’s right to self-determination. He has also defended marriage as "the union of one man and one woman" in more than 18 states.

Greg now works with the New Jersey Family Policy Council to protect natural marriage. As a board member of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), Greg presented a resolution to the shareholders of PepsiCo to bring accountability regarding their charitable donations to gay activist organizations that promote intolerance against the ex-gay community. He has also spoken before the Disney Board of Directors asking them to support a resolution to include ex-gays in the company’s mandatory sexual orientation diversity training for employees. Greg provides teens with insight into this complex issue of sexual orientation that is not made available through the mainstream media or the culture at large.

Nandi Randolph

Homeschooled by her mother for most of her education Nandi began attending El Bethel Christian Academy in the 11th grade, where she graduated as valedictorian in 2008. Her strong homeschool background prepared her for her time as an undergraduate student at Southeastern University. Having received an academic scholarship due to high ranking ACT scores, Nandi continued to give great attention to her academics and graduated with honors in the fall of 2012. Receiving two job offers while still in school at Southeastern, Nandi was allowed to graduate months ahead of her classmates during the fall semester of 2012 with her bachelor’s in Secondary Biology Education in order to begin to teach Life, Physical and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Science at Lake Gibson Junior High School. Nandi later moved on to Lakeland High School, teaching both Honors and Advance Placement Biology classes. Leading the charge over the biology department as the youngest teacher on staff at the high school, Nandi was influential in bringing up overall science scores and making Lakeland Senior’s science department number one in the district among thirty-seven other schools. Nandi’s Honor Biology students were the highest ranking in the entire school the duration of her years teaching there. While teaching full time, Nandi continued to pursue her educational goals and became the first person in her family to receive a graduate degree. During the early summer of 2015, she obtained her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.

In March of 2015, Nandi felt a tug on her heart quite different than that of the classroom setting and left her teaching career in the Polk County School Board. Since leaving, she has been with working with the Florida Family Policy Council. Nandi Randolph has been influential in various projects with the FFPC, including the Protect My Ministry tour, which covered fourteen Florida cities in nine days to provide legal advice to Pastors and Christian school leaders across the state. As she continues to pursue what God has for her, she will be attending law school this fall and has just recently taken the LSAT exam in order to do so.

Dran ReeseDran Reese

Dran Reese founded The Salt & Light Council, which provides a strategic program for activating the Church to become a positive influence and witness for our Christian values in government, media and education. With churches activated in 23 states, SLC supplies a turn-key, sustainable ministry with legal support provided by Liberty Counsel and Mat Staver, who is also Chairman of the SLC Board.  Under Dran’s leadership, SLC developed, a marriage campaign that branded the white bow as the symbol of natural marriage – one man and one woman. In addition, SLC sponsors a national 6-day a week live prayer line called Repentance and Restoration ( hosting well-known leaders and pastors. Their latest prayer initiative is engaging the nation every Tuesday evening in live prayer for the 2016 election.

Dran Reese is the former president and founder of This is a great American success story that began with a woman who took an idea and turned it into a thriving business. As a product inventor, the company has grown to be nation’s largest supplier of emergency preparedness products and safety fasteners in the United States.

Prior to that, Dran served 20 successful years as a fashion consultant in the fast-paced garment industry, and as Vice-President of Marketing for Home Theater Movies, one of the nation’s first major independent distributors and licensing agents of prerecorded videocassettes.  

Rev. Abraham Rivera and Rev. Marilyn Rivera

Rev. Abraham Rivera and Rev. Marilyn Rivera were born in the US to Latino parents, Abraham and Marilyn grew up in Miami. After attending local schools (FIU and Miami-Dade College), they both went on to receive a Doctorate in Divinity. Along with their children, Daniel and David, they serve together as the lead pastors of La Puerta Life Center – a bilingual, culturally diverse urban church in Miami.
They are actively involved with various citizen lobbyist organizations on the local, state, and national level. Abraham serves on the executive board of Mission Miami, an organization that works to unite believers from all languages, cultures and denominations. Marilyn serves on the executive board and is the Head of Government Affairs for the South Florida Hispanic Ministers Association. Together they serve as the Florida representatives of the Hispanic Action Network, a national organization that works towards citizen involvement and advocacy in the areas of voter’s registration, immigration, and other social affairs.

Abraham and Marilyn strongly believe in the importance of taking their faith outside of the church walls and encourage others to be responsible citizens by doing the same. They are the recipients of various honors and awards for their work in the community, including a Congressional Award for Hispanic Leaders.

Rev. James Robison

Rev. James Robison is the founder of LIFE Outreach International. Through a global television ministry, evangelistic outreaches, LIFE Centers, feeding programs, water well drilling, Homes for LIFE, disaster relief and other mission projects, LIFE Outreach demonstrates the love of Christ throughout the world.

Born as a product of the rape of his 41-year-old mother, who originally sought an abortion, Rev. Robison grew up in what he calls “absolute poverty.” Raised at times by his mother and at other times by a pastor and his wife (who led him to Christ), he grew up in circumstances that were often chaotic, with an alcoholic biological father who returned and nearly killed James’s mother when he was 15.

As a young minister, Rev. Robison crisscrossed the nation holding crusades and revival services in churches and stadiums, speaking in person to more than 20 million people with more than 2 million decisions for Christ made. By 1980 Rev. Robison had a television ministry and great influence in social, religious and political spheres, but he felt that God was calling him at that time to a new ministry of compassion and meeting the needs of the world’s most desperate people, while still sharing the Gospel.

In recent years, Rev. Robison has given considerable thought to national and world issues by writing commentaries posted weekly at his website, “America has been drifting away from the faith and principles of our founders,” he writes, “and the church has failed to effectively pierce the darkness with the illuminating light of love and truth.”

To this end, Rev. Robison and his team are developing an online daily news and commentary website designed to educate and activate the millions of faithful Catholics and evangelical Christians who together constitute the “sleeping giant” of American society, by championing the principles of free enterprise, limited government and human dignity while cultivating the high common ground shared by theologically conservative evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox Christians, including important ground shared by Jews and Christians. Rev. Robinson and his wife, Betty, have three children and eleven grandchildren.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is named “The leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement” by CNN. The Wall St. Journal has identified him as one of America’s 7 most influential Hispanic Leaders, and the only religious leader on the list. Meanwhile the San Francisco Chronicle described Samuel as one of the 6 Leaders of the New Evangelical Leadership. By God’s Grace, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez stands today as America’s voice for Hispanic Christianity. Samuel has been a featured speaker in White House and Congressional meetings on Hispanic American issues. Pastor Sam is the President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference-CONEL (The Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals), America’s largest Hispanic Christian Organization with 40,118 member churches in America, and nearly 500,000 churches outside America. Sam leads an organization identified as the Hispanic faith leaders in support of Life, Family, Great Commission, Stewardship, Education, Justice and Youth. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of some of America’s leading Evangelical organizations such as: Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, National Association of Evangelicals, Empower 21 and Christianity Today. Rodriguez is also the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Congress of Racial Equality. Rev. Rodriguez also serves on the advisory Board of the National Campaign to Reduce Teen Pregnancy and Pro Life initiatives with various coalitions. In addition, he serves on the steering committee of The Freedom Federation, The Oak Initiative and the General Superintendents’ Cabinet in the Assemblies of God. An award winning writer, Rodriguez writes and contributes to world recognized publications such as Ministries Today, Enrichment Journal, The Washington Post and Newsweek “On Faith” Panel, Outreach magazine, Vida Cristiana, Charisma, Christianity Today, Yale Reflections” and others. Featured, Profiled and  quoted by the Washington Post, CNN, FOXNEWS, Bill Moyers, Chicago Tribune, Christianity Today, Newsweek, Univision, NY Times, The Wall St. Journal, Boston Globe, Atlanta Constitution, Ministries Today, and others as the Preeminent Leading Voice for Hispanic Born Again Believers in America, Sam lives to Build the Kingdom of God, reconciling a platform of righteousness and justice.

Kamal Saleem

Kamal Saleem was born to a large Sunni Muslim family in the heart of the Middle East. Kamal was recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood at an early age and completed his first mission to Israel at the age of seven. He was also recruited by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and other radical Muslim groups. His many years of radical Islamist training resulted in Kamal mastering every form of divisive extremist tactics.

Kamal left his family and home in the Middle East as a young man to come to the United States for the purpose of engaging in stealth or cultural jihad, converting as many Christians and Jews as possible to Islam. In 1985, however, Kamal's world turned upside down when he was seriously injured in an automobile accident. A Christian man tended to Kamal at the accident scene, making sure he got the medical treatment he needed. Kamal's orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist were also Christians whom,Li over a period of several months, ministered the unconditional love of Jesus Christ to him as he recovered. The love and sacrificial giving of these men caused Kamal to cry out to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob acknowledging his need for the one and only Savior, Jesus Christ.

Kamal is uniquely equipped with tremendous insight into today's world situation with a wealth of knowledge concerning the true culture and agenda of radical Islam. He is an ordained Christian minister and currently teaches and speaks worldwide in churches, Jewish synagogues, universities, high schools, legislatures as well as law enforcement and political organizations. He has also appeared worldwide on radio and television programs. Kamal and his wife have three children and four grandchildren.

Pastor Rick Scarborough, D. Minn.

Dr. Rick Scarborough is founder and president of Vision America, an organization dedicated to inform, encourage and mobilize pastors and their congregations to be proactive in restoring Judeo-Christian values to the moral and civic framework in their communities, states, and our nation

From 1990 to June 2002, Dr. Scarborough served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Pearland, Texas, a Houston suburb.

In 1992, after Dr. Scarborough became aware of a disturbing assembly program containing highly explicit sexual information at the local high school presented under the auspices of an “AIDS Presentation,” he mobilized his congregation to make significant changes in Pearland. Members began running for public office, as well as volunteering for various organizations beyond traditional Christian ministry seeking to become “salt and light” in their community.

Dr.. Scarborough often speaks in churches, rallies, and political conventions. His work has been featured in numerous articles and publications including the New York Times,

Washington Times, Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Boston Globe and the Congressional Quarterly. He has also appeared on television programs such as “Larry King Live,” Fox News Channel, CBS Evening News and numerous other TV and radio programs. The work of Vision America has been featured in several documentaries and specials such as CNN’s award winning special God’s Warriors and the HBO documentary, Friends of God. 

Dr. Scarborough is author of several books, including Enough is Enough; a Call to Christian Involvement, In Defense of Mixing Church and State, It All Depends on What Is…Is and Liberalism Kills Kids. 

Dr. Scarborough holds a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Houston Baptist University. Dr. Scarborough and Tommye, his wife, are the parents of three children.


Mat Staver, J.D., Esq.

Mathew D. Staver, Esq., is the Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action, Chairman of Freedom Federation, Founder and President of Covenant Journey, Chairman of Salt & Light Council, and Chief Counsel & Vice President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference-CONEL, representing over 500,000 churches in America and Latin America. He serves on the Board of Trustees for The Timothy Plan, a family of mutual funds trades on the New York and Tel Aviv Stock Exchanges. He has the highest AV rating given to attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell and is board certified in Appellate Practice. Mat holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, Juris Doctor, Doctorate of Law and Doctorate of Divinity degrees.

Mat has written eleven books, most of which focus on constitutional law, including the most comprehensive book ever written on religious freedom called, Eternal Vigilance: Knowing and Protecting Your Religious Rights. He has published hundreds of articles on constitutional law. Mat produces and hosts “Faith & Freedom,” a 15-minute daily radio program, and “Freedom’s Call,” a 60-second daily radio program. As a former pastor and one of the nation’s preeminent constitutional attorneys, Mat frequently appears as a guest on national network and cable TV and radio programs and also appears in several thousand print articles each year.

Mat has argued in numerous state and federal courts across the country and has more than 230 published legal court opinions. He has written numerous briefs before the United States Supreme Court and has argued twice before the High Court as lead counsel.

John Stemberger, J.D., Esq.

John Stemberger is an AV-Rated Orlando attorney who has been an advocate for life, marriage and family for over 30 years. In 1987 he founded the Institute for Conservative Studies, a permanent student-led think tank at Florida State University.

After internships in both the Florida House and Senate, John worked with attorney Ken Connor in Tallahassee for several years and then served as the lobbyist for Florida Right to Life with Connor in 1989. In 1992 he was appointed Political Director of the Republican Party of Florida during the final campaign of former President George H. W. Bush. John has appeared on ABC News “Nightline,” Fox News Channel, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, and Court TV, and has been quoted in the New York Times, The Economist and on National Public Radio. Florida Governor Jeb Bush twice appointed him to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, where he served for eight years screening and recommending new judge candidates in Central Florida.

A sought-after national speaker, John is also a member of the Council for National Policy, the Arlington Group in Washington, D.C. and the Marriage Co-Mission. John became President of the Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC) in 2004. Since starting FFPC he led the successful campaign to amend Florida’s constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, adopted by 61.9% of Florida voters in 2008. Under his leadership the FFPC also launched Strong Marriages Florida, a statewide coalition campaign, to reduce the divorce rate and strengthen marriages across Florida in 2009.

In 2009 Stemberger received international media attention for representing Rifqa Bary, the Muslim teenager from Columbus, Ohio, who fled to Florida after her life was threatened for not renouncing her faith following her conversion from Islam to Christianity. A Florida native, John attended Florida State University where he studied political science and philosophy before obtaining a Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. John and his wife, Olivia, four children.

Carl Stephens


Pastor Carl Stephens

Carl Stephens is the Senior Pastor of Faith Assembly in Orlando, has served the Faith church family for 39 years. Starting out as a youth and executive pastor, he has led the church as senior pastor for 28 years. During that time Faith Assembly has been blessed to see growth that presently is averaging over 5,000 in Sunday morning attendance. A native of Grand Ridge, Florida, Pastor Carl graduated from Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland, Florida. He is married to Alice and they have 3 grown children.

Jennifer Sullivan

Representative-elect Jennifer Sullivan was elected to serve the people of the 31st District in the Florida House of Representatives in August 2014. She is the youngest woman elected to the legislature in the state’s history.

Born and raised in Central Florida, Jennifer has been a devoted member of the conservative movement for years and represents a new generation of conservative leadership with a fresh and principled vision for the Republican Party in the years ahead.

Jennifer’s leadership is also clear through her service with TeenPact, an organization that conducts leadership training courses for conservative teenagers across the country. Working at the TeenPact national headquarters, Jennifer developed curriculum instrumental in teaching youth about the proper role of government.

Jennifer devoted herself towards getting conservatives elected at all levels of government in Central Florida and across the country. She is a member of the Lake County Republican

Executive Committee, where she sits on the Executive Board as the elected Representative for District 4 of Lake County.

David Welch

David Welch founded the Houston Area Pastors Council, an affiliate of the U.S. Pastors Council, in January of 2003 and has acted as its president since. Welch also carries other duties as he is the founder and executive director of Christian Coalition of Washington and the national field director for Christian Coalition. Welch was the executive director of Vision America, an effort to mobilize congregations and pastors, from 1999-2001.

Welch has also been outspoken about his subpoena and the role of Mayor Parker.

"This was really initiated by Mayor Annise Parker, who is obviously a noted, kind of poster child for the national gay and lesbian movement, proposing ordinance back in April that was really a massive overreach to begin with to basically add sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the city's discrimination ordinance and impose those discrimination protections over the private sector in an unprecedented way," Welch has stated.


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