Russell Moore is president of the ERLC. In this role, he leads the organization to connect the agenda of the kingdom of Christ to the cultures of local congregations for the sake of the gospel. He holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and 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 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 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 is the Vice President for Communications. He is a columnist for Homelife and is a regular contributor to In Touch and a contributing editor for Christianity Today's CT Pastors. Dan's work has appeared in USA Today, CNN, Washington Times, Huffington Post, and The Gospel Coalition. Daniel is the host of The Way Home Podcast and an associate pastor at Green Hill Church in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. He is the author of several books, including his latest, The Dignity Revolution. He personally blogs at danieldarling.com.
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.
Andrew T. Walker@andrewtwalk
Andrew T. Walker is the Director of Research and Senior Fellow in Christian Ethics at the ERLC. In his role, he researches, speaks, and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public policy, and the church’s social witness. He also oversees the ERLC's academic initiatives and directs the ERLC's Research Institute. Andrew holds a B.A. from Southwest Baptist University, and an M.Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Christian, and they have three daughters. He blogs at andrewtwalker.com.
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.
Elizabeth Bristow serves as the Press Secretary. Elizabeth oversees press and media operations for the organization. Elizabeth received a B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing from Union University in 2010. She and her husband reside in Texas and are blessed with two beautiful children.
Conrad Close serves as a Digital Marketing Associate. In this role, he manages the ERLC's social media and assists the communications team with email outreach and event promotion. He also assists the press secretary with various public relations and media outreach initiatives. Conrad is engaged to Stephanie.
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, 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 two sons.
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.
Steven Harris serves as a Policy Director, with a particular focus on the U.S. Senate. 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, an M.A. in Religion from Yale University, and is currently a PhD student in the Study of Religion at Harvard University. Steven lives in the D.C. metro area with his bride, Sunni, and their two sons.
Amanda Hays serves as the Digital Strategist. Her responsibilities include data management, web analytics, along with digital marketing strategy & stats. Amanda is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is married to Dane and they have a daughter.
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.
Jenn Kintner serves as Office Coordinator in Nashville. She takes care of general office management and serves as an assistant to the Executive Vice President. Jenn has a B.A. in Biblical Exposition, an M.A. in Biblical Counseling, and graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with her Doctorate of Education.
Lauren Rae Konkol@laurenkonkol
Lauren Rae Konkol serves as the Team Coordinator. She assists the Washington, D.C. office with scheduling, event planning, office coordination, and project management. Before joining the ERLC, Lauren worked for the Ethics and Public Policy Center. She received a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Central Florida and an M.A. in Theological Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lauren is a member of Capitol Hill Baptist Church.
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.
Julie Masson is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for the ERLC. She manages the organization's marketing strategies which includes event, email and social media marketing. Julie is a graduate of Iowa State University and she lives with her husband and three children in Kansas City, Mo.
Eric Mayo is a research and operations associate. In his role, he assists with administrative and research needs within the Office of the President. He also serves in various capacities related to organizational partnerships and event production. He holds an undergraduate degree in communication studies from The University of Alabama.
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 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
Lindsay Nicolet 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. She is married to Justin.
Jeff Pickering serves as associate policy communications director in the Washington, D.C. office. In this role, he hosts the weekly Capitol Conversations podcast, develops communications strategy, and connects journalists with the organization’s policy work. He also serves as the mentor and director of the DC internship program. Jeff previously served in both local church ministry and government affairs in his home state of Texas, where he graduated from Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Chelsea, enjoy living in downtown D.C.
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.
Chelsea Patterson Sobolik serves as a Policy Director in the Washington, D.C. office. Previously, she worked in the U.S. House of Representatives on pro-life policies, domestic and international religious freedom, adoption, and foster care issues. Chelsea is the author of Longing for Motherhood - Holding onto Hope in the Midst of Childlessness. She has a B.A. in International Relations from Liberty University, and lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Michael.
Jason serves as the Creative Director and an Associate Research Fellow. In his role as Creative Director, he oversees all creative projects including design, video, web, audio, and print media. He writes and speaks on topics including human dignity, technology, and artificial intelligence. He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee and Southern Seminary. He is married to Dorie and they have two sons.
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.
Alex Ward serves as the Research and Special Projects Associate. In his role he assists with research projects and helps facilitate academic initiatives in conjunction with the Director of Research and Senior Fellow in Christian Ethics. He also assists with operational needs within the Office of the President. He received a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Mississippi State University. He has also completed a Master of Theological Studies degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Joshua B. Wester@jbwester
Joshua B. Wester serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the President at the ERLC. Josh also serves as Director of Ministries at Redemption City Church in Franklin, TN. He holds an M.Div from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Th.M. in Public Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh is married to McCaffity, and they have two children.