Staff Directory

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.

Barrett Duke


Barrett Duke serves in the ERLC’s Washington office as Vice President for Public Policy and Research and Director of the Research Institute. Barrett holds a Ph.D. from the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver, along with an M.A. from Denver Seminary and a B.A. from Criswell College. He and his wife, Denise, have three grown children.

Bobby Reed


Bobby Reed serves as our Vice President for Business and Finance. 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.

Dan Darling


Daniel Darling is the Vice President for Communications. He previously served five years as Senior Pastor of Gages Lake Bible Church. He is a contributor to Leadership Journal, Homelife,, Stand Firm,” and a variety of other evangelical publications. He has written several books, including his latest, Activist Faith. He personally blogs at

Daniel Patterson


Daniel Patterson serves as Chief of Staff at the ERLC. In this role, he directs the executive office of the president and helps lead strategic initiatives 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.

Edgar Aponte


Edgar Aponte joined the ERLC in 2014. He is a consultant for the ERLC on strategies to serve and equip Hispanic churches on ethical issues. He also serves as director of Hispanic leadership development at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to earning a master of divinity at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he was a foreign diplomat for the Dominican Republic.

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 are expecting their first son in July 2015.

Doug Carlson


Doug Carlson serves as the Leland House Office Manager. In this role, Doug oversees the administrative and organizational needs of the Washington office. Doug received his Master of Public Policy from George Mason University and his B.S. from Liberty University, as well as attended Word of Life Bible Institute.

Joe Carter


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

Sam Dahl


Sam Dahl is the Executive Assistant to the President. He coordinates and manages all the logistics related to the president’s calendar and travel. Sam is currently pursuing an M.Div in Christian Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sam lives in Nashville with his wife Cheryl and daughter Lila.

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 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.

Matthew Herriman


Matthew Herriman is the office coordinator for the ERLC. His responsibilities include assisting the Executive Vice President with projects and initiatives, along with overseeing the daily functions of the Nashville office. 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.

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.

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 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 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 at WTVF 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

Megan Shelburne

Megan serves as the Events and Hospitality Coordinator. Megan provides assistance to the Director of Events regarding strategic plans, logistics, and project-management support as well as hospitality for all events. She received her Master’s in Education from Lipscomb University. Megan and her husband Nick live in Nashville.

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 three 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 a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Dorie and they live in Franklin, TN.

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.

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 helps 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..

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.