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in the Pews

Fellowship Church
2450 N Hwy 121
Grapevine, TX 76051
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2024 has been called the biggest election year in history. In fact, seven of the world’s 10-most populous countries will hold national elections this year — including the United States.

As more people than ever before are expected to vote in 2024, what exactly does it mean to be a “Christian voter” in America today? Is it merely a Christian who votes? Or something far more nuanced?

That’s the question at the forefront of The Christian Post article series and upcoming live event, Politics in the Pews.

Panelists will discuss hot-button topics ahead of the 2024 election cycle such as abortion, how Evangelical pastors are engaging their congregations on key issues like immigration and border security, and the rise and fall of the “Religious Right,” and support for Israel.

They'll also look at the “Trump factor” and the red herring of Christian nationalism, along with a roundtable discussion with leading Christian voices on the state of religious liberty in America in 2024 and beyond.


  • Mike Berry

    Executive Director, Center for Litigation at AFPI

    Michael Berry serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Litigation at America First Policy Institute (AFPI). Before entering private practice in 2013, Michael spent seven years on active duty as an attorney with the U.S. Marine Corps. During his tenure in the Marine Corps, he deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the United States Naval Academy from 2009 to 2012. Michael continues to serve our nation as a member of the Marine Corps Reserve.

    As the Executive Director of AFPI’s Center for Litigation, Michael leads efforts to restore and defend Americans' most fundamental rights. A recognized subject-matter expert, he has testified before Congress and is frequently invited to speak nationwide. Michael has also been featured in various national media outlets.

    He earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and his law degree from The Ohio State University.

  • Sam Brownback

    Co-chair, International Religious Freedom Summit

    Sam Brownback served as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom from February 2018 to January 2021. He was the Governor of Kansas from 2011 to 2018 and previously represented his home state in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. During his time in the Senate, he was an active advocate for religious freedom in multiple countries and was a key sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

    Before his public service, Ambassador Brownback practiced law and taught agricultural law at Kansas State University. He earned a B.S. from Kansas State University and a J.D. from the University of Kansas.

    Currently, Ambassador Brownback serves as co-chair of the International Religious Freedom Summit and is a Senior Fellow at Global Christian Relief. He also chairs the National Council for Religious Freedom.

    He and his wife, Mary, have five children and ten grandchildren.

  • Gina Gleason

    Executive Director, Real Impact

    Gina Gleason is the Executive Director of Real Impact, an organization dedicated to educating, equipping, and empowering Christians to influence culture through the lens of Scripture.

    Gina has developed guidelines to help churches navigate the various activities they can legally engage in, such as holding voter registration drives, creating legislative action alerts, producing voter guides, supporting state-wide initiatives, and encouraging Christians to engage with the culture.

    Under Gina's leadership, Real Impact has built a network of churches that share a biblical worldview. She emphasizes the importance of each church customizing its ministry efforts to align with its unique culture. Numerous resources, ideas, suggestions, and training webinars are offered at no cost. Gina is thrilled to see that churches are now better equipped to monitor societal issues that impact faith, family, and religious freedom.

    Gina and her husband, John, have been blessed with three children and six grandchildren and have enjoyed over 49 years of marriage.

  • Meg Kilgannon

    Senior Fellow for Education Studies, Family Research Council

    Meg Kilgannon is a Senior Fellow for Education Studies at the Family Research Council. Previously, she served as the Director of the Office of Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education during the Trump Administration.

    Meg combines her expertise in education policy with her skills as a coalition builder to promote excellence and accountability in America's public schools. She spearheaded dynamic change in her community by organizing parent groups to lobby school board members on important issues. Her leadership in these efforts earned her the Virginia Family Foundation's Citizen of the Year award in 2019.

    A long-time advocate for women and children, Meg is a member of Hands Across the Aisle, a multi-partisan international coalition of women working to preserve the rights of women and girls. She is also a trained FertilityCare Practitioner and former natural family planning consultant.

    Meg began her career as an account executive at a public relations firm and later served as the director of media relations for a national senior citizens organization. She also has experience in radio and television production.

    She is married with four children and is an active member of her parish. A graduate of Washington & Lee University, Meg enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, fly fishing, and reading.

  • Bunni Pounds

    Founder, Christians Engaged

    Bunni Pounds is the Founder and President of Christians Engaged. She was a political consultant for 16 years, once leading a firm with 32 clients and 9 employees. During her career, she worked with Members of Congress, managing their campaigns. In 2018, Bunni ran for Congress, becoming the only woman to make the Republican Runoff Ballot in Texas out of six open seats and the only person in the U.S. endorsed by Vice President Mike Pence during the 2018 primary season.

    Although she did not win, God has been using her 20 years of Christian ministry and political experience to lead this national ministry today. Since its launch, Christians Engaged has been involved with over 125 churches, secured more than 50 ongoing strategic ministry partnerships, and has over 200,000 Christians in their voter mobilization communication system reaching all 50 states. Additionally, over 2,000 Christians have taken one of their long-form classes. Their goal is to engage 1 million Christians by the 2024 general election.

    Bunni is a graduate of Christ for the Nations and Dallas Baptist University. Above all, she loves Jesus and sharing the gospel with anyone who will listen, from the halls of Congress to her own hometown.

    Bunni has been married to her husband Tim for 28 years. They have two grown sons, both married, and two precious grandchildren.

  • Kelly J. Shackleford

    President, First Liberty

    Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Liberty Institute. A constitutional scholar, Mr. Shackelford has argued before the United States Supreme Court, testified before the U.S. House and Senate, and secured numerous landmark First Amendment and religious liberty victories. Notably, he has achieved three landmark wins in the U.S. Supreme Court: Kennedy v. Bremerton, Carson v. Makin, and American Legion v. American Humanist Association.

    Mr. Shackelford was named one of the 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century by Texas Lawyer and received the prestigious William Bentley Ball Award for Life and Religious Freedom Defense for his leadership and pioneering work in protecting religious freedom.

    He serves on the Board of Trustees of the United States Supreme Court Historical Society and has been featured in prominent publications including the National Law Journal, Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Times, and The L.A. Times.

    Formerly an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas Law School, Mr. Shackelford graduated cum laude from Baylor University in 1985 and from Baylor Law School in 1988, where he earned the highest unadjusted GPA in his graduating class.

  • James Spencer

    President, Useful to God

    James Spencer is a theologian and ministry leader currently serving as President of the D. L. Moody Center in Northfield, MA, and Managing Partner at Useful to God, a new education and discipleship ministry. He holds a PhD in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an MA in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College.

    James is the author of several books, including Christian Resistance: Learning to Defy the World and Follow Christ, Thinking Christian, and his latest work, Serpents and Doves: Christians, Politics, and the Art of Bearing Witness. He is a regular contributor to, hosts the Thinking Christian podcast on Salem’s Life Audio Network, and serves as an adjunct instructor at Wheaton College and faculty member at Right On Mission.

    James writes and teaches on Christian thought, including the intersections of faith and politics, faith and technology, and discipleship. His work has appeared in the Christian Post, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, The Washington Times, and American Thinker. He has also been featured on Lauren Green’s Lighthouse Faith podcast, James Dobson’s Family Talk, Relatable with Allie Beth Stuckey, TBN’s “The Rise of AI,” and various other podcasts and broadcasts.

  • Jason Yates

    CEO, My Faith Votes

    After spending over two decades as an executive at Fortune 100 companies, Jason Yates discovered that 1 in 3 Christians do not vote consistently. This statistic prompted him to leave the corporate world and become the founding CEO of My Faith Votes—a national nonprofit ministry dedicated to equipping Christians to think biblically about issues, pray for our nation, and vote consistently in every election.

    Under Jason’s faithful leadership, My Faith Votes has activated and equipped thousands of Christians to vote in local, state, and federal elections. For the 2024 elections, they aim to activate 1.5 million Christian voters.

    Jason and his wife, Megan, live on 14 acres in Minnesota and are proud parents to two children through adoption. Jason serves on several national mission boards, coaches his daughter’s lacrosse team, and is an elder at his church.

  • Ed Young

    Founding Pastor, Fellowship Church

    Ed Young is the Founding Pastor of Fellowship Church and a New York Times bestselling author. Fellowship Church is renowned for creatively and boldly communicating the Bible and equipping people for the challenges of everyday life.

    With a passion for equipping and training church leaders, Ed founded C3 Global,, and the Creative Church Conference (C3) to provide resources to thousands of pastors and leaders worldwide.

    Ed has published several books on leadership, Christian living, marriage, and parenting. His works include Sexperiment: 7 Days to Lasting Intimacy with Your Spouse, The Marriage Mirror, The Creative Leader, Outrageous Contagious Joy, and his most recent, A Path Through Pain.

    He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for over 40 years and have four children, one of whom is in Heaven.


  1. Doors open

  2. Event kick-off

  3. Lunch

  4. Prayer

  5. Closing remarks

* Meal Included with Admission



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