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 contributor to Christianity Today, In 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 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 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.
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.
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 son, Jude.
Matthew Hawkins serves as a Policy Director with a particular focus on the U.S. House of Representatives. In this role, he works with government leaders in the legislative and executive branches to advocate for the ERLC’s positions on important issues. Additionally, Matt contributes content for ERLC outlets including the Capitol Conversations Podcast. 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.
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.
Amber Hurm serves on the events team for the ERLC. She handles sponsor and exhibitor logistics for events. Amber has a degree in Educational Ministries from Campbellsville University. She moved to the Nashville area in 2015 and also serves as the Administrative Assistant at Redemption City Church in Franklin, Tenn.
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.
Lauren Rae Konkol@laurenkonkol
Lauren Rae Konkol serves as the Team Coordinator. In this role, she assists the Washington, D.C. office with scheduling, events, office coordination, and project management. Lauren previously worked for the Ethics and Public Policy Center. She also interned at the Heritage Foundation and for Senator Marco Rubio. She received a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Central Florida and is currently completing a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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 Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategist for the ERLC. She manages the organization's various social media profiles while also developing and executing marketing strategies for ERLC events. Julie is a graduate of Iowa State University and she lives with her husband and 3 children in Kansas City, Mo.
Patrick McGinty serves as Office Coordinator in the Nashville office. His responsibilities include general office management as well as assisting the Executive Vice President. He received a B.S. in Biology from Texas A&M University and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary.
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 policy associate and office administrator for the Washington, D.C. office. In this role he also manages the ERLC's internship program on Capitol Hill. Jeff previously served in both local church ministry and government affairs in his home state of Texas. He received a B.A. in Communication and Economics 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.
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 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.
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.