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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.


Elijah Brown, Ph.D.

is the Executive Vice President of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative.  Elijah received his Ph.D. in Divinity from the University of Edinburgh. He was an Associate Professor of Religion at East Texas Baptist University where he also served as the founding Director of the Freedom Center.  In 2007, Elijah was named as one of 35 global emerging leaders by the Baptist World Alliance, a network representing 40 million Baptists worldwide.


Bob Billups

Bob Billups is the Alliance Director for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. He has nearly 40 years of experience as a pastor and minister in Texas, equipping him with the relationship-building skills the Wilberforce Alliance needs. Most recently, he was the senior associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Midland, Texas from 2011 until he began his post at 21CWI. Prior to that, Bob was the senior associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Denton, Texas for 12 years. He has a B.S. in Mathematics from East Texas State University, and an M.A. in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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.


Ellen Vaughn

is a Senior Fellow at the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. A New York Times best-selling author who has written or co-written more than 20 books, her most recent work is Mama Maggie, the long-awaited biography of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Maggie Gobran, the “Mother Teresa of Egypt.”  Former Vice President of Executive Communications for Prison Fellowship, Vaughn also serves on the board of directors for International Cooperating Ministries.  She often speaks at conferences in the U.S. and abroad.


Nathan Wineinger

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.


Abigail Berg

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.


Elisabeth Doherty

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.

The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative is empowering a global movement to advance religious freedom as a universal right through advocacy, capacity building and technology.