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Dr. Everett i sPresident 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.


Mr. Wolf is Distinguished Senior Fellow and served Virginia’s 10th District for 17 terms. He authored the International Religious Freedom Act and founded and co-chaired the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Congress as well as worked on vast numbers of religious freedom and human rights legislation


Sharon Payt is Executive Director and 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 Africca


Nathan is Director of Policy and Coalitions and has 12 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.


Abby is Director of Government Relations and 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 Congressman Wolf. She spent 6 months in Egypt as a volunteer and teacher before returning to work for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative.


Elisabeth is Office Director and has worked in India in advocacy for 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.

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