• Symposium Speaker Bios

    Reg Cox
    Reg Cox – Minister, Lakewood Church of Christ
    “The Power of the Greatest Command”

    Reg Cox serves as the Senior Minister for the Lakewood Church of Christ. He also serves as the coordinator of the Lakewood Church Network, and director of the Lakewood Faith Coalition. Previously he was employed at Abilene Christian University for 15 years before moving Colorado.

    Jenna Ellis
    Dr. Jenna Ellis – Assistant Professor, CCU School of Business and Leadership
    “Religious Freedom & The Constitution”

    As a practicing attorney in criminal law and specializing in Constitutional law, Dr. Ellis joined CCU in 2015 as an affiliate faculty in CAGS. She teaches law, ethics, and leadership courses. Dr. Ellis is very honored to join CCU in July 2016 as full faculty for CUS in the School of Business and Leadership. She is developing CCU's Legal Studies Program, geared to best prepare students for success and ministry in law school and legal practice. As a part of this program, Dr. Ellis will also be developing and coaching CCU’s first Moot Court Team, which will help students in their speaking and writing skills through a national competition that provides experience learning about the American appellate court system.

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    David French – National Review
    “Religious Freedom – the Indispensable Liberty”

    David French is a staff writer at National Review, an attorney (concentrating his practice in constitutional law and the law of armed conflict), and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is the author or co-author of several books including, most recently, the No. 1 New York Times bestselling Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the past president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and a former lecturer at Cornell Law School. He has served as a senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice and the Alliance Defending Freedom. David is a major in the United States Army Reserve (IRR). In 2007, he deployed to Iraq, serving in Diyala Province as Squadron Judge Advocate for the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He lives and works in Columbia, Tennessee, with his wife, Nancy (who is also a New York Times bestselling author), and three children.

    Luke Goodrich – Deputy General Counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
    “A Theology of Religious Freedom”

    Luke Goodrich is one of the nation’s leading religious freedom attorneys. As a lawyer at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, he has won cases in courts across the country, including four major Supreme Court victories. He appears frequently in the national media to discuss religious freedom, and he serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah law school, where he teaches an advanced course in constitutional law. Before joining the Becket Fund, he served in the U.S. Department of State fighting human trafficking. He graduated from Wheaton College and the University of Chicago Law School. He now lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and six children and serves as an elder in their local church.

    Dr. David Kotter – Dean, CCU School of Theology
    “The Importance of Religious Freedom”

    Dr. David Kotter serves as an Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Theology at Colorado Christian University and also as a Visiting Scholar and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics. Professionally he worked for Ford Motor Company as the finance director of a manufacturing plant in Europe, as a financial analyst at the world headquarters in Michigan, and as a financial advocate for the minority supply base. After attending seminary later in life, he was invited to be one of the founding pastors of CrossWay Community Church and by God’s grace saw the church grow from under eighty people to over eight hundred. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with four degrees: an MBA and B.S. in Engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.Div. and M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He earned a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Eric Metaxas – Author, Speaker, and Radio Talk Show Host
    “If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty”

    Eric Metaxas is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, Miracles, Seven Women, Seven Men, Amazing Grace, and If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty (Viking, June 14, 2016). He is the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated radio program heard in more than 120 cities around the U.S., featuring in-depth interviews with a wide variety of guests. Along with his colleague John Stonestreet, Metaxas is the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary that is broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of eight million. ABC News has called Metaxas a “photogenic, witty ambassador for faith in public life,” and The Indianapolis Star described him as “a Protestant version of William F. Buckley.”

    Michael J. Norton – President and General Counsel, Colorado Freedom Institute
    “Masterpiece Cake Shop Case with Jack Phillips”

    Michael J. Norton is an attorney with the Denver, CO law firm of Thomas N. Scheffel & Associates, P.C. Thomas N. Scheffel & Associates is a full-service law firm that focuses on, among other areas, estate planning and probate litigation, business law, and complex civil litigation.
    Norton is also president and general counsel of the Colorado Freedom Institute, a nonprofit legal organization dedicated to protecting religious freedom for Coloradans and for people across America in the public square, in our schools, and for our churches.
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    John Stonestreet – Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview
    “Sex vs. Religion: the Collision of Liberties”

    John Stonestreet is a Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is a gifted communicator on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges, churches, schools, and other various gatherings each year. He is the co-host with Eric Metaxas of BreakPoint, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson, and the voice of The Point, a daily national radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. He also serves as a Senior Content Advisor for Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Illinois) and Bryan College (Tennessee), and is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview (Sheffield Press).

    Kevin Theriot – Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom
    “The Florist, the Baker, and the T-shirt Maker: the Cost of Conducting Business with Conviction”

    Since joining ADF in 2003, Theriot has been successful as lead counsel or co-counsel in numerous cases preserving religious freedom. In American Atheists v. City of Detroit Downtown Development, he defended the freedom of churches to participate in a city improvement program. In Children First Foundation v. Martinez, he received a favorable ruling eliminating unconstitutional discrimination against “Choose Life” auto license plates. He also successfully defended the First Amendment freedom of federal employees to express their faith at work in Lister v. Defense Logistics Agency.
    Theriot earned his J.D. in 1991 from Vanderbilt University Law School. He is admitted to the bar in the states of Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, and Arizona. He is also a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Circuits, and numerous other federal courts.

    Earl Waggoner – Dean of Biblical Studies and Theology, CCU College of Adult and Graduate Studies
    “John Leland: Vindicator of Religious Rights, Pastor of Baptist Churches, and Cheese Head”

    Theological education has been Dr. Earl Waggoner's vocational passion since 2002. He has taught theology, church history, and other ministry-related content to seminarians (Golden Gate Seminary) as well as to CCU students in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (since 2007). The last three years of service at Golden Gate were also spent as the director of the seminary's campus in the Los Angeles area. Serving both in local congregations as well as in the classroom has been a great blessing from God in terms of preparing him to join the CCU family full time.Dr. Earl Waggoner has also worked in commercial television for ten years prior to the pastorate.

    Travis Weber – Director, Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council
    “Religious Freedom, Sexuality, and Worship”

    Before joining FRC, Travis worked in private practice, primarily litigating federal civil rights cases. He also handled military-related legal issues and criminal defense matters. Travis holds a J.D. from Regent University School of Law, where he served as the Notes & Comments Editor on Law Review. Travis also graduated with an LL.M. in International Law (with distinction) and a Certificate in International Human Rights Law from Georgetown University Law Center.
    Travis previously served in the U.S. Navy, piloting E-6 aircraft based out of Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was captain of the Naval Academy Dinghy Sailing Team and a two-time College Sailing All-American, leading to his induction into the Naval Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. In his spare time, Travis enjoys reading, traveling, surfing, snowboarding, and classical music.

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