Co-Founders and Staff
Co-Founder, Executive director
As Executive Director of Center for Christian Civics, Rick helps ministry leaders and faith communities develop missional approaches to their local public squares. He has worked on campaigns for local, state and federal office, is a former writer and editor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and oversaw communications for the Grace DC church network. He and his wife live in Washington, DC.
Daniel was born into a family with a rich legacy of full-time ministry. A former staffer for Republican House Leadership, Daniel Leiva left the Hill in 2014 having developed a deep desire to see the church clearly and compellingly witness to the brokenness of political culture. He currently lives in Austin, TX, with his wife and daughter.
Melissa Fett Musser
The Christian Civics executive board is responsible for overseeing our work and ensuring its long-term viability.
Rev. Charles Drew
Pastor and author
Rev. Drew recently retired from Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in New York City, a ministry with a particular focus on Columbia Univeristy, nearby schools, and the local poor. He is the author of several books, including Body Broken: Can Republicans and Democrats Sit in the Same Pew?. He and his wife live and minister in New York City, where he continues to teach and preach.
Erin Creasy Ferree
Career and leadership consultant
Erin is a career and leadership coach with a passion for supporting accomplished and emerging leaders in the public square. She has served as a Career Coach at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Graduate Career Center, the Partnership for Public Service and in the federal government. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and two young children.
Stacey Scholl, a Christ-follower since childhood, is an attorney who specializes in election law and administration. She is currently building a consulting and law practice of her own, having previously worked for Democracy Fund, a private philanthropy, and the Federal Voting Assistance Program within the Department of Defense. Stacey is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Drake University Law School. She is married to Jacob and has a toddler son named Declan. She and her husband are members of Restoration DC Church. In addition to supporting the work of the Center for Christian Civics, Stacey serves as North DC Young Life’s Committee Chair.
International Justice Mission
Our Advisory Council leverages their wide range of expertise to inform and strengthen our products, programs and strategy.
Office of Faith-Based Initiatives
Advisory Council ChaiR
Ben has worked with the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (formerly the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives) for over 14 years. Over the past two administrations, Ben has had the opportunity to advise and support partnerships between the federal government and faith and community partners. He resides in Centreville, VA, with his wife and their two daughters.
Dr. Vincent Bacote
Director, Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College
Dr. Vincent Bacote is Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He is the author of The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life (2015), The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (2005), and has contributed to books including On Kuyper (2013), Aliens in the Promised Land (2013), Keep Your Head Up (2012) and Prophetic Evangelicals (2012). He is a regular columnist for Comment Magazine and contributes to other magazines, including Books and Culture, Christianity Today, Think Christian, Christian Scholars Review, Urban Mission and the Journal for Christian Theological Research.
Health Care Consultant
A health care consultant and public policy wonk, Gina’s diverse background combines professional work in health care research and nonprofit management with personal interests in social justice and human flourishing. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and son.
Rev. Dustin Messer
Pastor and Author
Dustin Messer and his wife, Whitney, live in Dallas, TX where Dustin leads young adult and college ministry at All Saints Dallas and teaches theology at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, TX. Dustin serves on the board of directors at the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion. Before starting his doctoral work at La Salle University, Dustin graduated from Boyce College and Covenant Theological Seminary and completed a fellowship at the National Review Institute.
Executive Director of city expansion
Dr. Bruce Ashford
Professor of public theology and missiology
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Associate director for global gender policy & advocacy
Save the children international
Pastor/Director of Asian-American Leadership
Grace Downtown / Reformed Theological Seminary