Russell Moore

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 The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home. 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 three children.

Daniel Darling

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

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.

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.

Andrew T. Walker

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

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 of The Church at Avenue South, where Brent serves as a deacon.

Elizabeth Bristow

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

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

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.

Steven Harris

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

Amanda Hays

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

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.

Jenn Kintner

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.

Brooke Kramer

Brooke Kramer serves as the Team Coordinator. She assists the Washington, D.C. office with scheduling, event planning, office coordination, and project management. Brooke is pursuing a B.S. in Political Science and Intercultural Studies from John Brown University.

Julie Masson

Julie Masson serves as the Marketing Director for the ERLC. She is responsible for strategizing, managing and executing the organization's marketing initiatives across all departments by using various forms of digital media. Julie and her husband Jesse spent two years working as Church Planters in Spain with the International Mission Board before moving to Kansas City where they live with their three children. She is a graduate of Iowa State University.

Eric Mayo

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.

Patrick McGinty

Patrick McGinty serves as the Coordinator of Strategic Partnerships. Prior to serving in this capacity he served as Office Coordinator/Executive Assistant in the Nashville Office. Patrick graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Biology and from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a MDiv. 

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 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

Lindsay Nicolet

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 and they have one daughter.

Jeff Pickering

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 on Capitol Hill with their newborn son.

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.

Chelsea Sobolik

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.

Meagan Smith

Meagan Smith serves on the Events Staff for the ERLC. Meagan has a B.A. in Psychology from Lee University and a Master of Divinity in Great Commission Ministries from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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.

Jason Thacker

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 is the author of The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity with Zondervan. He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee and Southern Seminary. He is married to Dorie and they have two sons.

Kris Towers

Kris Towers

Kris Towers serves on the Events Team for the ERLC. His responsibilities include assisting with planning events, working with sponsors and exhibitors, and overseeing conference apps. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he received a B.S. in Health Promotion.

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.

Alex Ward

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

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.

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 been married since 2006 and have a son and a daughter.