Christopher Brooks

Senior Pastor, Evangel Ministries, Detroit

Evangel Ministries

Pastor Christopher Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He is also the daily host of Equipped for Life, aired daily on the Salem Network. He was appointed the Campus Dean of Moody Theological Seminary’s Michigan Campus in September, 2013. After graduating from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Finance, Christopher began his theological training at Michigan Theological Seminary (now Moody Theological Seminary). He completed his M.A. in Christian Apologetics at Biola University and is also a graduate of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics at Oxford University.

Christopher is the founder of the Detroit Bible Institute, a seminary preparatory institution targeting inner city Christians. In 2009, Christopher published his first book, Kingdom Dreaming and finished his second book, Urban Apologetics” in 2014. He and his wife Yodit are the proud parents of Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron and Judah and live near Detroit, Michigan.

Douglas Napier

Senior Vice President of Alliance Relations at Alliance Defending Freedom

Alliance Defending Freedom

Douglas H. Napier, Esq., serves as Senior Vice President of Alliance Relations at Alliance Defending Freedom, where he leads an international attorney team engaged in defending religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family values.

Napier came on board in 2007 as a litigator who eventually became the head of all direct litigation efforts in the U.S. Subsequently, he served in the role of chief alliance officer, where he was focused on serving, strengthening, and expanding a strategic alliance throughout the world. He has conducted regional and national litigation training to help equip allied attorneys across the globe.

Napier earned his J.D. in 1990 from the University of Iowa College of Law, where he graduated with distinction. He received a B.A. in finance at the University of Iowa in 1985 and graduated with a M.A. in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1988.

He is admitted to the bar before the U. S. Supreme Court, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Iowa Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the U.S. District Court for Southern District of Iowa, and pro hac vice to several federal courts across the U.S. He is also a fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Edwin Simcox

President Emeritus of the Indiana Energy Association

Indiana Energy Association

Ed is President Emeritus of the Indiana Energy Association. He holds an A.B. degree in Government and Economics from Indiana University and obtained a J.D. degree from Indiana University Law School.

In December 1986, Ed Simcox was named President of the Indiana Electric Association, a trade association representing Indiana’s investor-owned electric utilities. On March 1, 2004, the Electric Association merged with the Indiana Gas Association to form the Indiana Energy Association.  Ed was elected President of the new association.

Ed’s experience in government service includes employment in the Corporations Division of the Indiana Secretary of State’s office, Secretary of the State Highway Commission, Secretary of the Indiana Public Service Commission, legal deputy of the office of the Reporter of the Indiana Supreme Court and eight years as Indiana’s Secretary of State.

Ed is also a member of the Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations Member, Indiana Law Survey Study Commission; member and past President, Indiana Legal Foundation; former Executive Committee; Member and Ethics Committee Chair, Government Affairs Society of Indiana; member, Governor Pence’s Faith-based Corrections Advisory Committee; past Chairman, Indiana State Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee; member, Board of Directors of State Auto Mutual Insurance; member, Board of Directors of Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Eric Pillmore

Pillmore Consulting, LLC

Eric served as the Senior Advisor to the Deloitte Center for Corporate Governance from 2008 to 2014 and now serves as a general partner and board member of several companies and non-profits.

Prior to Deloitte, Eric served as Senior Vice President – Corporate Governance for Tyco International Ltd. from 2002 to 2007. In addition, he served in a variety of senior finance roles for General Electric from 1979 to 1996, and as Senior Vice President and CFO for General Instrument Corporation (GI) from December 1997 to January 2000, leading up to the sale of GI to Motorola in 2000. He also served as a US Navy officer from 1975 to 1979, aboard the USS Robison in the western pacific, and as an auditor with the Naval Audit Service in Washington, DC.

Eric has been married to Pam for 36 years and they have five children (Brian, Sarah, Justin, Mari and Nathan) and five grandchildren (Elijah, Malachi, Sophia, Esli, and Gideon). He has a master’s of business administration from Villanova School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Anderson School of Business at the University of New Mexico. In addition to the Colson Center, he currently serves on the boards of Vectrus Corporation, Focus on the Family and Friends of Tenwek. In addition, he serves as the CEO of the Pillmore Family Foundation and as a General Partner for The Amore Companies.

Emily Colson

Speaker/Author

Emily Colson

The only daughter of Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, she is an author and a speaker, traveling to churches and organizations nationwide. She has appeared on numerous media outlets including Focus on the Family and the Huckabee Show.

In her book Dancing with Max, Emily and her father, Chuck Colson, shared the struggle and beauty of life with Max, Emily’s son with autism. The book was awarded “Book of the Year” by the Autism Society. Through her message, Emily has inspired many to persevere through their own challenges, and see the gifts.

Emily has been a single mother for most of Max’s life, with hard fought lessons in life, love and a whole lot of laughter. Emily and Max live on the coast of New England where they can often be found dancing.

Jennifer Marshall

Vice President of The Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation

A vice president of The Heritage Foundation, Jennifer A. Marshall runs the think tank’s Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity. In that capacity, she oversees research into a variety of issues that determine the strength and character of American society.  Issues explored by Institute researchers range from marriage, life, and religious liberty to health, education, and welfare to the application of America’s founding principles to today’s challenges.

Marshall collaborates with Heritage colleagues to explore how moral values and civil society relate to issues such as limited government, a strong national economy and foreign policy. She also edits Heritage’s annual Index of Culture and Opportunity, which tracks key social and economic trends to determine whether important indicators of opportunity in America are on the right track.

In 2010, National Journal named Marshall one of Washington’s 20 “power players” in recognition of her work on school choice and other education reforms.

Before joining Heritage in 2003, Marshall worked on cultural policy issues at Empower America, a free-market think tank. Before that, she was senior director of family studies at the Family Research Council and taught at an American school in Lyon, France.

She has spoken at national and international forums, testified before Congress and appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” and PBS’ “To the Contrary.”

She is the author of “Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century” (Multnomah Publishers, 2007). The book evaluates the cultural, practical and spiritual issues that marriage-minded young women confront as the age of first marriage continues to rise in America.

Marshall holds a master of arts in religion from Reformed Theological Seminary, a master’s degree in statecraft and world politics from the Washington-based Institute of World Politics, and a bachelor’s degree in French from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., where she also earned teacher’s certification. She currently resides in Arlington, Va.

Peter M. (Chip) Mahon

Chair

Mr. Mahon joined Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. in Atlanta, Georgia in 1975. He retired from professional investing in 2007 as a partner at Water Street Capital, a fundamental value hedge fund founded in 1988.   For the first half of his career he served in Chief Financial Officer and Director roles for insurance and reinsurance companies in the U.S., and later in the U.K. where he represented creditors and co-authored an early stage London market “Scheme of Arrangement” for troubled insurers. Mr. Mahon is a member of the NACD, the U.K. Institute of Directors and the AICPA. He is a graduate of the Colson Fellows program and served on the board of directors of Prison Fellowship Ministries.  Mr. Mahon is a volunteer in the fields of Christian secondary and higher education, focusing on core curriculum; he teaches in prison with InnerChange Freedom Initiative in Minnesota; has served on the board of FreedomWorks, a post-prison reentry ministry based in Minneapolis; and served on the council of Search Ministries Minnesota, a marketplace apologetics ministry. Mr. Mahon and his wife have been married for forty years, are members of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, and have two adult children and four grandchildren. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Florida State University in 1975.