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Russell Moore appoints Travis Wussow as ERLC Vice President for Public Policy & General Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C, September 19, 2016—Russell Moore, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has appointed Travis Wussow as the new vice president for public policy and general counsel.

In this position, Wussow will direct the ERLC’s Washington office, coordinating all its legislative, coalition and legal efforts. Wussow will also coordinate international affairs for the ERLC.

Prior to assuming this position, Wussow served as the ERLC’s director of international justice and religious liberty, launching the ERLC’s first international office located in the Middle East.

“Travis Wussow is the natural choice to serve with me in this vital capacity in Washington,” said Moore. “Travis has modeled conviction and skill in law, in advocacy and in ministry. During his time at the ERLC, Travis has brought unmatched insight and effectiveness in areas of international justice and freedom. I look forward to working together in our nation's capital, connecting the vision of the kingdom of Christ to the pressing issues facing the country and the world.”

Prior to his tenure with the ERLC, Wussow served as executive pastor and general counsel for the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, and prior to that served as a Fellow with International Justice Mission. Wussow began his career at Jackson Walker LLP in Austin, Texas, the largest law firm in Austin. At Jackson Walker, Wussow represented clients in the energy sector, practicing administrative and legislative law before the state legislature and federal and state agencies.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead ERLC’s work in Washington,” said Wussow. “Our country and our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world face significant challenges, and ERLC is well-positioned to provide policy and advocacy leadership in the years to come.”

Wussow received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law.

Wussow’s appointment to this executive role was unanimously confirmed by the ERLC board of trustees at their most recent meeting. He will assume his new position in January 2017.


The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.2 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

The ERLC has recently opened fully-functioning insert studio equipped with a dedicated fiber optic link to Vyvx for on-demand and cost-effective access for live and pre-taped television interviews seven days a week.

To request an interview with an ERLC representative, contact Elizabeth Bristow by email at [email protected] or call 202-547-0209.

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