The Team


Rev. Dr. Robert Schenck  (Washington, D.C.)

The Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck is an ordained evangelical minister and President of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, located in Washington, DC. A leader among American evangelicals, Dr. Schenck served a 2-year term as chairman of the Evangelical Church Alliance, America’s oldest association of independent evangelical clergy, and is now an Executive Advisor to the Office of the Secretary General to the World Evangelical Alliance.

Dr. Schenck holds a B.A. in religion, M.A. In Christian Ministry, D.Min in Church and State, and is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Law and Public Policy at Oxford. He serves on numerous boards and committees, including the National Advisory Board on Community Engagement in the State Courts. His professional memberships include the National Association of Evangelicals, the American Academy of Religion, the Capitol Forum Club, and the National Press Club.

Dr. Schenck is the subject of the Armor of Light, Abigail Disney’s Emmy-winning documentary examining evangelicals and American gun culture. His essays on current affairs have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, and The Hill, among other national journals. Stories about him have appeared in Christianity Today, the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Constitution, the Houston Post, and many other newspapers and magazines. Interviews with him have been featured on NPR, PBS, CNN, among numerous other networks and online platforms, and his interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air was one of the most popular among her line-up.

Dr. Schenck is the author of Costly Grace: An Evangelical Minister’s Rediscovery of Faith, Hope and Love, published by HarperCollins. He lives in Arlington, VA, with his wife, Cheryl, a psychotherapist in private practice.

Our Board of Governors

Rev. Steve Martin (Washington, D.C.)

Rev. Steve Martin is an ordained Evangelical Methodist minister and Director of Communications for the National Council of Churches.  Martin is also a founding board member of The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, and an award-winning filmmaker/documentarian.  He is a notable scholar on the German Church Crisis during the rise of Nazism.  Martin is also a consultant to NBC news on religion features.

Mr. Richard Jones (Maryland)

Mr. Richard Jones is a long-time financial advisor with the venerable Washington, DC firm of Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas.  He is a founding board member of the United States Marine Corp Museum, past president of the Exchange Club of Washington, DC, and a member of the Army Navy Club.

Governor #1
Dr. Abigail Disney (New York, NY)

Dr. Abigail E. Disney is an American documentary filmmaker, scholar, philanthropist, and activist known for her documentary films focused on social themes. She is the Executive Producer and Director of the film The Armor of Light, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

Governor #2
The Honorable Suzan D. Johnson Cook D. Min. (New York, NY)

Rev. Dr. Cook is a presidential advisor, pastor, theologian, author, activist, and academic who served as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom from April 2011 to October 2013. She has had a wide-ranging career in a number of fields, serving as a policy advisor to President Bill Clinton and later to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros, a dean and professor of communications at Harvard University, a professor of theology at New York Theological Seminary, and a pastor at a number of churches.

Governor #3
Dr. Mary McQueen (Virginia)

Dr. Mary C. McQueen has served as president of the National Center for State Courts since August 2004. She served as president of the Conference of State Court Administrators in 1995-96 and is a former chair of the American Bar Association/Judicial Administration Division. Dr. McQueen received the American Judicature Society’s Herbert Harley Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctorate from Seattle University Law School.

Governor #4
Prof. Connie Rice (Washington)

Professor Connie Rice is now “happily working at retirement” after spending more than 23 years as an English and Psychology Professor at Northwest University. She received her BA from California State University in Chico and her MA from Tennessee State University.