Dr. Randel Everett
is President and Founder of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. He spent four decades pastoring churches in Florida, Virginia, Arkansas and Texas. He founded The John Leland Center for Theological Studies, led the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and currently serves in leadership for the Baptist World Alliance. Throughout his career, he has traveled to nearly 50 countries and seen persecution first-hand.
Congressman Frank R. Wolf
is Distinguished Senior Fellow of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. He was elected to Congress in 1981 and served Virginia’s 10th District for 17 terms. Wolf authored the International Religious Freedom Act and legislation to create a U.S. State Department special envoy to advocate for religious minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia. The founder and co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Wolf’s honors include the 2015 Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University, the Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, and the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview’s William Wilberforce Award.
Executive Director Sharon Payt is a human rights lawyer and international development professional with more than two decades of leadership in successful reform campaigns and executive-level management. Her social innovation efforts feature empowering reform movements in the U.S., Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. Previously, she served as the Regional Advocacy Director for World Vision International, where she directed 15 countries; Senior Coordinator for Public Diplomacy at the U.S. State Department’s lead anti-trafficking office; Senate staff for Senator Sam Brownback, promoting successful bi-partisan human rights campaigns; and serving as an activist lawyer in Eastern Europe for democracy dissidents and embattled religious minorities during the Soviet demise.
Nathan comes to 21CWI from DAI, an international development firm. As the Director of Policy Relations, he brings 10 years of domestic and international policy, human rights, and coalition building experience working with government agencies, community service organizations, and public media. Nathan holds a Master’s of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in both Economics and Theatre from Washington University in St. Louis.
is Director of Government Relations for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. Abigail graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2013 with a degree in Political Science. She worked on Capitol Hill for two years as an assistant and then scheduler for Frank R. Wolf. Upon Congressman Wolf’s retirement at the end of the 113th Congress, she spent 6 months in Egypt as a volunteer and teacher before returning to work for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative.
is Executive Assistant of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. Among other experience, Elisabeth worked in India in advocacy for the International Justice Mission. Prior to that, she spent two years on Capitol Hill as a staff assistant and legislative correspondent for Congressman Donald Manzulo (R-IL). She has a political science degree.
James C. Denison, Ph.D.
is a Senior Fellow at the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. He founded the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture in 2009, which engages contemporary issues with biblical truth. Prior to founding the DFTC, Denison taught world religions for 25 years with four seminaries. He has pastored churches in Dallas, Midland, and Mansfield, Texas, as well as Atlanta, Georgia. Denison currently serves on the board of the Baylor Health Care System and as Chair of the Advisory Board for Dallas Baptist University. He writes for The Dallas Morning News, contributing weekly to the "Texas Faith Forum" and is a guest columnist for The Christian Post.
Timothy George, Th.D.
is a Senior Fellow at the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, is the founding Dean and Professor of Divinity History and Doctrine at Beeson Divinity School. He chairs the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance, is a life advisory trustee of Wheaton College, and is active in Evangelical–Roman Catholic Church dialogue. An ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention, George has served churches in Georgia, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Alabama.