Executive board and staff

With the assistance of our staff, the Christian Civics executive board is responsible for our work and governance. 

Rick Barry

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.

Rev. Charles Drew

Executive Board, Devotional manager

Rev. Drew is pastor of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in New York City, an evangelical church 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.

Erin Creasy Ferree

Executive Board, Event Coordinator

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 n Alexandria, VA with her husband and two young children.

Gina Lohr

Executive Board

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.

Dustin Messer

Executive BoarD, editor

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.

Ben o'dell

Executive BoarD, 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.

Brian Andrew Smith

Contributing Editor

Brian A. Smith is Contributing Editor at the Center for Christian Civics and the Managing Editor of Law and Liberty at Liberty Fund. He is the author of Walker Percy and the Politics of the Wayfarer (Lexington, 2017).

Sarah Morgan Smith

Contributing Editor

Sarah Morgan Smith is Contributing Editor at the Center for Christian Civics and an instructor in the Master of Arts in American History and Government (MAHG) program housed in the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University and co-director of the Ashbrook Center’s Religion in American History project.

Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council provides our staff and Executive Board with advice and expertise as our organization pursues its mission of empowering the church in the public square. 

Bruce Ashford

Professor of public theology and missiology

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Grace choi

Associate director for global gender policy & advocacy

Save the children international

Sarah Kerner

Development director

The Data Coalition

Thomas Turner

Director of prospect research and management

International Justice Mission

Dr. Mike Park

Pastor/Director of Asian-American Leadership

Grace Downtown / Reformed Theological Seminary