ADF Church Alliance

About Us

Who we are:

ADF Church Alliance is a legal membership for churches, launched by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Alliance Defending Freedom is the largest religious freedom legal organization in the world. In addition to advocating for religious freedom, we advocate for the sanctity of life, free speech, and marriage and family.

We desire each expression of the Church to be all it is called to be. Our team is comprised of Christians, and ADF is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.

How we serve:

We provide practical help to churches across the country through our legal membership. ADF Church Alliance acts as a hub for churches to gain access to experienced First Amendment lawyers. Our lawyers are available to answer religious liberty questions, conduct document reviews and provide advice, and even represent your church in court if necessary and appropriate.

ADF Church Alliance offers virtually all-inclusive legal help for religious freedom issues.

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Why do we exist?

The Church is the tool by which God desires the Gospel to go to the ends of the earth. We work so that the rights of churches – to freely operate, preach, and minister – are not infringed.

Quite simply, ADF Church Alliance exists to keep the doors open for the Gospel.

Our History

Since our founding in 1994, ADF has been a steady advocate for religious freedom. We represent individuals, churches, and organizations that seek to freely live out their faith.

After serving the Church for more than two decades, ADF saw a trend emerging. Churches faced increasing legal concerns, but did not have access to attorneys who could help with the wide range of religious freedom questions and issues they had. Churches rarely had the resources – both legally and financially – to adequately protect their religious freedom.

We launched ADF Church Alliance to create a sustainable way to help every church with its religious freedom legal needs. This membership initiative makes it possible for churches of all sizes and denominations to access affordable legal help.

Alliance Defending Freedom was founded by 30 Christian leaders who recognized the need for a legal response to religious freedom threats. In today’s culture, the need to protect religious freedom is greater than ever before. We are so grateful that, through ADF Church Alliance, churches are standing together to protect the Church for this and future generations. When we stand together, freedom is protected, churches are empowered, and more people hear the Good News.

Our Partners

ADF Church Alliance partners with organizations, denominations, associations, and others to benefit churches across the country.

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3,400
ALLIED ATTORNEYS
ADF works with more than 3,400 Allied Attorneys
80%
WIN PERCENTAGE
ADF has won nearly 80% of all cases
60
VICTORIES
ADF has played a role in 60 U.S. Supreme Court Victories

The ADF Church Alliance Team

We are passionate about protecting churches and serving church leaders as they face today's cultural and legal challenges. We care deeply about the Church and are committed to keeping the legal doors open for the Gospel.

ADF Church Alliance Team

Maggie Christensen

Operations Administrator

Joshua Chumley

Director

Jeremiah Galus

Legal Counsel

John Harding

Director of Communications and Operations

Dana Harris

Regional Director

Sherri Huston

Regional Director

Ray Kaselonis

Senior Counsel

Ashley Kelly

Regional Director

Mark Lippelmann

Senior Counsel

Kyle McCutcheon

Legal Counsel

Alexandra Plyley

Member Services Representative

Paul Schmitt

Legal Counsel

Tonya Shellnutt

Director of Church and Ministry Alliance Membership Development

Makinzie Sivak

Communications Specialist

Harrison Smith

Regional Director

Jillian Stefanski

Administrative Assistant

Ryan Tucker

Senior Counsel, Director of Center for Christian Ministries

Gregg Walters

Senior Counsel

Maggie Christensen

Operations Administrator

Josh Chumley

Director

Jeremiah Galus

Legal Counsel

John Harding

Communications Specialist

Dana Harris

Regional Director

Christiana Holcomb

Legal Counsel

Ray Kaselonis

Senior Counsel

Ashley Kelly

Regional Director

Makinzie Loeffler

Communications Specialist

Kyle McCutcheon

Legal Counsel

Alexandra Plyley

Member Services Representative

Harrison Smith

Regional Director

Jillian Stefanski

Administrative Assistant

Alliance Defending Freedom Statement of Faith

Our Statement of Faith unifies the team and ADF Church Alliance members alike

ADF Church Alliance members should be in general agreement and be able to certify that their church’s statement of faith (or similar document) does not materially conflict with the following statement of faith and the Alliance Defending Freedom Doctrinal Distinctives.

Based on our adherence to the inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God in Scripture, we profess with the Christian Church throughout time and around the world the faith expressed in the Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

*"catholic" in this context, refers to the
body of Christ. This usage simply means
"universal, general, or concerning the
whole." In this statement, the term could
generally be substituted with "Christian."

Alliance Defending Freedom Doctrinal Distinctives

Also, based on this confession, we are committed to honoring God by obeying the two Greatest Commandments, loving God and loving neighbor, and based on that commitment and derived from the inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God in Scripture, we profess the following as necessary for living the gospel:

  • We believe in the spiritual unity and equality of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that the Lordship of Christ requires us as disciples to seek to conform our actions, thoughts, and desires in obedience to Him.
  • We believe God creates each person with an immutable biological sex — male or female — that reflects the image and likeness of God.
  • We believe God designed marriage as a unique conjugal relationship joining one man and one woman in a single, exclusive, life-long union, and God intends sexual intimacy to only occur within that relationship.
  • We believe God endows all human life with inherent dignity, and it must be respected and protected from conception to natural death.
  • We believe that God has endowed all humans with the natural, and inalienable right of religious freedom to believe, pursue truth, and live within ordered liberty such that no civil government may justly infringe upon it.
  • We believe that God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, calls all of us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him and that, in exchange, He promises us abundant life.
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