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Senior Staff

Brent Leatherwood

Brent Leatherwood

Brent Leatherwood serves as President for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Since September 2021, Brent served as the Acting President of the ERLC, where he provided steady leadership for the organization’s staff and continued the mission of the ERLC during the interim period. Prior to serving as Acting President, Brent served as the Chief of Staff at the ERLC, as well as the entity’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. He brings an expertise in public policy to his work, having been the Executive Director of the Tennessee Republican Party, the Director of Communications and Policy Strategy in the Tennessee General Assembly, and working for several years on Capitol Hill. Brent is a dedicated member of The Church at Avenue South in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served as a deacon since 2014. Brent is married to Meredith, and they have three children.

Miles Mullin

Miles Mullin

Miles S. Mullin II, PhD serves as Chief of Staff and Vice President for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He comes to the ERLC with nearly two decades of denominational service. He previously served as a Leadership Development Strategist in the Missouri Baptist Convention’s church revitalization network. Prior to that, he served as a professor and vice president at Hannibal-LaGrange University (Hannibal, MO) and as Associate Professor of Church History at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Miles was educated at the University of Virginia (B.A.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Vanderbilt University (M.A., Ph.D.) where his doctoral work focused on American Religious History. He is an active member of the Evangelical Theological Society where he serves on the program units committee. Miles and his wife Jenny met in Cru and have been married for a long time. During that time, they have lived in five states and raised two adult sons. Miles has served as a trustee for the ERLC since 2019.

Bobby Reed

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, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and a precious granddaughter.

Staff

Elizabeth Bristow

Elizabeth Bristow

Elizabeth Bristow serves as the Press Secretary. Elizabeth oversees press and media operations for the organization. She received a B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing from Union University in 2010. She and her husband reside in Lebanon, Tennessee and are blessed with two beautiful children.

Kadin Christian

Kadin Christian

Kadin Christian serves in an administrative assistant role at the ERLC, working primarily with the Office of the President, but also in a more general capacity in the Nashville office. An Alabama native, Kadin previously served as an intern with the ERLC, and then continued working under the leadership of the Chair of Research in Technology Ethics while he pursued a seminary degree and served in with a college ministry at his church near Auburn University where he graduated with a degree in Finance. Kadin is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Hannah Daniel

Hannah Daniel

Hannah Daniel serves as Policy Manager in the Washington, D.C. office. She graduated with a degree in Economics from Union University in 2020. She lives in Washington, D.C., and is a member of King’s Church.

Amanda Hays

Amanda Hays

Amanda Hays serves as the Digital Strategist for the ERLC. Her responsibilities include data management, web analytics, along with digital marketing strategy & stats. Amanda is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Stacey Keck

Stacey Keck

Stacey Keck serves 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.

Grace Liu

Grace Liu

Grace Liu serves as Marketing Assistant. She helps manage ERLC and Stand for Life social media accounts and assists with other marketing campaigns and initiatives. Outside of the ERLC, Grace serves as Advancement and Partnerships Associate at The Field School and Projects Manager for the Asian American Christian Collaborative. 

Julie Masson

Julie Masson

Julie Masson serves as Director of External Engagement for the ERLC. She is responsible for strategic planning, development and implementation of the ERLC brand strategy across all ERLC departments and provides leadership and oversight for the ERLC marketing team as well as coordinating external affairs and partnership deliverables. Julie and her husband Jesse spent two years 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.

Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller serves as videographer and video editor. He has a BS in Electronic Media Communication Production from Middle Tennessee State University. Currently, Kevin serves at ERLC’s Nashville office. In addition to serving ERLC, he works full time for WTVF in Nashville and manages his sole proprietorship Elemental Video Co. He has been honored with 12 Emmy nominations as well as five Emmys in the mid-south region.

Lindsay Nicolet

Lindsay Nicolet

Lindsay Nicolet serves as the Editorial Director. 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 a daughter and a son.

Tom Strode

Tom Strode

Tom Strode serves as a correspondent for Baptist Press. Tom and his wife, Linda, have been married since 1978. They have two children with wonderful spouses and five grandchildren. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Linda and he live in Nashville, Tenn.

Jason Thacker

Jason Thacker

Jason Thacker serves as Chair of Research in Technology Ethics and leads the ERLC Research Institute. He writes and speaks on various topics including human dignity, ethics, public theology, technology, digital governance, and artificial intelligence. His book, The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity, released March 2020 with Zondervan. He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Christian Ethics and Public Theology. He is married to Dorie and they have two sons.

Jill Waggoner

Jill Waggoner

Jill Waggoner serves as Content Editor, writing and developing content for the organization’s online and print resources, as well as assisting with public relations. She has served the ERLC since 2005 primarily in the areas of PR and marketing, as well as serving as Brand Manager for Global Hunger Relief from 2014-2018. A graduate of Union University, she and her family reside in Lebanon, Tenn., where her husband Brandt serves as lead pastor of Fairview Church. She and Brandt have three sons.

Alex Ward

Alex Ward

Alex Ward serves as Lead Researcher for the ERLC. He assists with the oversight of the Research Institute under the leadership of the Director of Research. Additionally, he serves as an Associate Editor for the organization. Alex is currently pursuing a PhD in History at the University of Mississippi studying evangelical political activity in the 20th century. He holds a Master of Theology in church history from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from Mississippi State University. He is married to Lindsey and they have one daughter.

Carlotta White

Carlotta White

Carlotta White serves as the ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project Placement Coordinator organizing ultrasound machine placements for pregnancy resource centers and coordinating dedication services. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. She and her husband, Justin, have been married since 2018 and are expecting their first child. They live in Cleveland, TN.

Rachel Wiles

Rachel Wiles

Rachel Wiles serves as Assistant to the President and Director of the Psalm 139 Project. In addition, she also manages ERLC event logistics. 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.

Palmer Williams

Palmer Williams

Palmer Williams serves as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the ERLC.  Palmer specializes in legal and policy analysis related to international human rights, sanctity of life, and government affairs. As a licensed attorney specializing in international law, she has extensive experience advocating for human rights on the international stage, including at the United Nations. She earned her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt Law School and her B.A. in Political Science and Community Development from Vanderbilt University. Palmer and her husband Joseph live in Nashville, TN with their three sons.