Staff

Russell Moore

Russell Moore is President of the ERLC. In this role, he leads the organization in all its efforts to connect the agenda of the kingdom of Christ to the cultures of local congregations for the sake of the mission of the gospel in the world. He holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel. He and his wife Maria are the parents of five boys. Read more here.

Phillip Bethancourt

Phillip Bethancourt is Executive Vice President of the ERLC. He leads the ERLC team to develop innovative strategies to equip churches to address the key moral and ethical issues of the day. He completed an MDiv and PhD in Systematic Theology at Southern after attending Texas A&M University. Phillip and his wife, Cami, have been married since 2005, and have four boys.

Daniel Patterson

Daniel Patterson serves as Vice President for Operations and Chief of Staff at the ERLC. In these roles, he directs the executive office of the president, public relations, and helps drive operations across the organization. He completed an MDiv and PhD in systematic theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Molly have been married since 2010, and together they have two daughters, Emma and Claire.

Daniel Darling

Daniel Darling is the Vice President for Communications. He is a contributor to Christianity TodayIn Touch and a columnist for Homelife. His writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Washington Times, CNN, FaithStreet, and The Gospel Coalition. Daniel is the host of The Way Home Podcast and is the author of several books, including his latest, The Original Jesus. He personally blogs at danieldarling.com.

Travis Wussow

Travis Wussow serves as the Vice President for Public Policy and General Counsel. Travis led the ERLC’s first international office located in the Middle East prior to joining the Washington DC office. He received a B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. He and his wife, Katie, have two daughters.

Brent Leatherwood

Brent Leatherwood serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships. Before coming to the ERLC, he served as the executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party from December 2012 to December 2016, where he managed the organization’s campaign apparatus at the federal, state and local levels. He also worked on Capitol Hill as a senior legislative aide to former Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla. Brent and his wife Meredith have three children and are members The Church at Avenue South, a church plant of Brentwood Baptist Church, where Brent serves as a deacon.

Andrew T. Walker

Andrew T. Walker serves as the Director of Policy Studies. In his role, he researches and writes about human dignity, family stability, religious liberty, public theology, and the moral principles that support civil society. He also direct the ERLC’s Research Institute. Andrew is currently a Ph.D. student in Ethics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His most recent book is Marriage is: How Marriage Transforms Society and Cultivates Human Flourishing. He is married to Christian, and they have two daughters.

Elizabeth Bristow

Elizabeth Bristow serves as the Press Secretary. Elizabeth oversees press and media operations for the organization and also coordinates marketing and advertising for ERLC events. Elizabeth received a B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing from Union University in 2010. She and her husband have one son.

Joe Carter

Joe Carter serves as a Communications Specialist. Joe has an MBA from Marymount University and is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and the co-author of How to Argue Like Jesus. He and his wife, Misty, have one daughter, Samantha.

Marie Delph

Marie Delph came to the ERLC in 2010, having previously served three years as a writer for the International Mission Board. Marie is part of the communications team, where she serves as the Deputy Communications Director. Her primary duties are editing, writing, web management and assisting the Vice President for Communications. Marie moved to the Nashville area in 2009 when she married her husband, Zach. She and her husband have one son.

Elizabeth Graham

Elizabeth Graham serves as Director of Events. Her responsibilities include strategic planning related to events for the Executive team, project management, budget management and logistics. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is married to Richmond, and they have a son and a daughter.

Matthew Herriman

Matthew Herriman is Executive Assistant to the President. He coordinates and manages all the logistics related to the president’s calendar and travel. Matthew is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and is currently pursuing his M.Div in Worldview and Apologetics at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the ERLC, Matthew was the College-Age Minister at First Baptist Hendersonville, TN. He and his wife, Morgan, live in the Nashville area.

Matthew Hawkins

Matthew Hawkins serves as Coalitions Director. Matthew works with other groups in Washington, D.C., to achieve common objectives. He holds a Master of Arts in Ethics and Public Affairs from George Mason University. He and his wife, Crystal, live in Washington, D.C. where they are members of a church planted in 2010.

Steven Harris

Steven Harris serves as the Director of Advocacy, working out of the ERLC’s Washington office. In this role, he works with government leaders in the legislative and executive branches to advocate for the ERLC’s position on important issues, while also analyzing legislation and producing content for ERLC outlets. He holds a B.S. in Religion from Vanderbilt University, an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in Religion from Yale University. Steven lives in the D.C. metro area with his bride, Sunni, and son, Jude.

Samuel James

Samuel James serves as Communications Specialist in the Office of the President. He received his B.A. from Boyce College in Louisville, Ky. He and his wife, Emily, live in Louisville and have one son.

Stacey Keck

Stacey Keck

Stacey Keck came to the ERLC in 2008. She works on a part-time basis in the business and finance area, preparing payroll, accounts payable and assisting with other accounting functions. She and her husband, Bryan, were married in 1992 and are busy raising two boys.

Gary Lancaster

Gary Lancaster

Gary Lancaster serves as the Audio Producer for the ERLC. Gary’s roles include recording, editing and producing all ERLC podcast and audio content. Gary has a Bachelors of Science in Audio Engineering Technology from Belmont University.

Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller is the Video Producer for the ERLC. He shoots and edits many of the in-house interviews and promotional videos. Along with serving the ERLC, he works full time in the production department atWTVF in Nashville and is the chief video producer at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Kevin Miller has a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Electronic Media Communication Production.

Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell is the Director of Community Outreach. Trillia has a degree in political science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is currently pursuing her M.A. in biblical counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of two books, United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity and Fear and Faith. Trillia lives in the Nashville area with her husband Thern and their two children

Bobby Reed

Bobby Reed serves as Chief Financial Officer. His primary responsibilities are financial oversight, human resources, and administrative business functions. Bobby, a graduate of Louisiana State University, came to the ERLC after serving on the staff of churches in Louisiana and Florida. He and his wife, Louise, have four children.

Tom Strode

Tom Strode serves as Washington correspondent for Baptist Press. Tom and his wife, Linda, have been married since 1978. They have two children, who have wonderful spouses, and four grandchildren.

Lindsay Swartz

Lindsay Swartz serves as the Managing Editor of Content. She oversees the day-to-day management of our online content from the Nashville office. Lindsay completed her Master of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jason Thacker

Jason Thacker serves as the Creative Director. Jason oversees all creative projects including design, video, web, audio, and print media. He holds an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Dorie and they have one son. They live in Smyrna, TN right outside of Nashville.

Jill Waggoner

Jill Waggoner serves as the Deputy Press Secretary for the ERLC and the Lead Brand Strategist for Global Hunger Relief, a cooperative Southern Baptist hunger initiative. Jill received a B.A. from Union University in Public Relations and Advertising in 2005. She is a pastor’s wife, tennis player and mom to two boys.

Rachel Wiles

Rachel Wiles serves as Events Project Manager. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from Union University in 2005. Rachel and her husband Brad have two children, Timothy and Bella.