The Center for Christian Civics was born out of the friendship of two political opponents with a shared commitment to seeing the church resist conforming to the patterns of the world.

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.

Daniel Leiva


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.

Executive board

The Christian Civics executive board is responsible for overseeing our work and ensuring its long-term viability.

Rev. Charles Drew

Executive Board, Devotional manager

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

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

Nathan Leamer

Executive Board

Nathan serves as a policy advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. He previously worked at a think tank and, before then, on the Hill. While Nathan is a graduate of Calvin College and caught his political bug in Michigan, he has never lost his fanaticism for the sports of his hometown, the City of Brotherly Love.

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.

Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council leverages their wide range of expertise to inform and strengthen our products, programs and strategy.


Executive Director of city expansion


Bruce Ashford

Professor of public theology and missiology

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


Associate director for global gender policy & advocacy

Save the children international


Development director

The Data Coalition

Thomas Turner

Director of prospect research and management

International Justice Mission

Dr. Mike

Pastor/Director of Asian-American Leadership

Grace Downtown / Reformed Theological Seminary