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Our History

The First Decade

1984 - 1994

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Dr. R.C. Sproul

In 1983, the first Faith and Law reading group met on Capitol Hill.

In January 1985, R.C. Sproul spoke at the very first Faith & Law Lecture, which met in the U.S. Capitol building.

Dr. R.C. Sproul was founder of Ligonier Ministries, co-pastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Fla., first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine.

Dr. Sproul's teaching continues to be aired on the program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and in more than forty countries worldwide.

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Carl F.H. Henry

Carl F.H. Henry could arguably have been the most influential intellect of Evangelical theology in the 20th century. He was the first editor-in-chief of Christianity Today founded by Billy Graham, he founded the National Association of Evangelicals, founded the Evangelical Theological Society, founded the Institute for Advanced Christian Studies, and was one of the founders of Fuller Theological Seminary. Further, he was a significant influence in the lives of the founders of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Carl Henry was one of the small group of men who surrounded Billy Graham in his early ministry. There is no doubt that Carl F. H. Henry was one of the founding architects of the modern, U.S. Evangelical movement, and his fingerprints are everywhere around us, even if we lack the “forensics” to see it.

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Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson spoke many times during the first three decades of Faith and Law and was a significant financial supporter of our effort. Faith and Law Founder John Palafoutas says, “I'll never forget the time he spoke to Faith and Law in the Senate Caucus Room, the same room in which the Watergate Hearings were conducted, which testimony eventually led to his criminal conviction and prison sentence, and by the Grace of God, his conversion to Jesus Christ. I had the great privilege of introducing him at that lecture, his final appearance at Faith and Law.”

In 1974, Chuck Colson, a former top aide to President Nixon, pled guilty to obstruction of justice on a Watergate-related charge and served seven months as a new Christian in Alabama’s Maxwell Prison.

The Second Decade

1994 - 2004

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Os Guinness

Os Guinness has been Faith and Law’s most frequent and faithful speaker. He is beloved by the Faith and Law community and always draws the largest audience of the year.

Guinness is an author and social critic. Great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.

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Fr. Richard John Neuhaus

The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-born American cleric and theologian (born May 14, 1936, Pembroke, Ont.—died Jan. 8, 2009, New York, N.Y.), wielded considerable political influence as an informal adviser to U.S. Pres. George W. Bush on a range of issues, including abortion, same-sex marriage, and stem cell research, and as one of the guiding forces behind a conservative coalition of evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics.

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John Stott

Perhaps no one has had as much of an impact on raising the standard of biblical teaching around the world as John Stott – a pastor to pastors, a servant of the global church, and a friend to all those who knew him as “Uncle John.” From his home base at All Souls Church – Langham Place in central London, John Stott has influenced pastors and leaders around the world as a preacher, speaker, and author of more than 50 books and important scholarship—including the landmark Lausanne Covenant.

"The key words in my thinking are 'integration' and 'penetration.' I think evangelical Christians, if one can generalize, have not been integrated; there is a tendency among us to exclude certain areas of our life from the lordship of Jesus, whether it be our business life and our work, or our political persuasion." - John Stott

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Josh McDowell

As a young man, Josh McDowell considered himself an agnostic. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, Josh discovered compelling, overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. After trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, Josh’s life changed dramatically as he experienced the power of God’s love.

After his conversion, his plans for law school turned instead to plans to tell a doubting world about the truth of Jesus Christ. After studying at Kellogg College, Josh completed his college degree at Wheaton College and then attended Talbot Theological Seminary, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Divinity degree. In 1961, Josh joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ International.

The Third Decade

2004 - 2014

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Nancy Pearcey

Heralded as “America’s preeminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual” (The Economist), Nancy Pearcey is author of Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality, Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity, which won a 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Award, and How Now Shall We Live? (coauthored by Harold Fickett and Chuck Colson), which won a 2000 ECPA Gold Medallion Award, in addition to other works.

Pearcey has been a visiting scholar at Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute, professor of worldview studies at Cairn University, and Francis A. Schaeffer scholar at the World Journalism Institute.

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Robby George

Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University and a frequent Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.

In addition to his academic service, Professor George has served as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He has also served on the President’s Council on Bioethics, as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and as the U.S. member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.

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Ravi Zacharias

When former skeptic and seventeen-year-old Ravi Zacharias heard the words of Jesus in John 14:19, “Because I live, you also will live,” the trajectory of his life changed forever. In a time of helplessness and unbelief—when he was on a bed of suicide—the truth of Scripture brought hope to Zacharias, and he committed his life to Christ, promising, “I will leave no stone unturned in my pursuit of truth.” Earlier in John 14, Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” This verse has become the cornerstone of Zacharias’s ultimate mission as a Christian apologist and evangelist: to present and defend the truth of Jesus Christ that others may find life in Him.

The Fourth Decade

2004 - Present

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Andy Crouch

Andy Crouch is partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. His two most recent books—2017's The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place and 2016's Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing—build on the compelling vision of faith, culture, and the image of God laid out in his previous books Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.

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Jenny Yang

Jenny Yang is the Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief where she provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions at World Relief, representing the organization’s advocacy priorities to the U.S. government and mobilizing churches on advocacy campaigns. She has worked over a decade in refugee protection, immigration policy, and human rights, and as a Senior Case Manager at World Relief, focused on refugee processing and case management for World Relief’s refugee and immigration programs.

I would absolutely say that F&L has brought a unique display of community and connection to the Hill, along with an invaluable sense of knowledge and experience to young staffers that wouldn’t otherwise be here if it weren’t for F&L.
Hill Staffer
Faith and Law was a bright spot in the dark hours on Capitol Hill. 20 years later, the relationships I built then are still vibrant and a source of light!
Former Leadership Chief of Staff
Faith and Law has been an invaluable resource for my professional and spiritual growth. Through Faith and Law's lectures and discussions, I have learned how to apply my faith to thorny policy issues and developed key relational ties with fellow believers on the Hill.
Senate Staffer