Andrew (Drew) M. McGinnis is a research fellow with the CRCD and managing editor of the Journal of Religion, Culture & Democracy.
McGinnis’s academic interests include the history Protestant moral thought, American church history, and systematic theology, and he also serves as a research fellow at the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research. He is author of The Son of God Beyond the Flesh: A Historical and Theological Study of the Extra Calvinisticum; editor of The Mosaic Polity, by Franciscus Junius; and coeditor of On the Church, by Abraham Kuyper. He is also co–general editor of the Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law (Second Series).
McGinnis earned his undergraduate degree at Truman State University. He holds an M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Calvin Theological Seminary.
Dr. Mihail Neamtu is one of the most influential voices defending freedom in Eastern Europe. Writer, public speaker, and entrepreneur, he has written more than a dozen books supporting classical education and the foundational values of Western civilization. He has taught at the University of Bucharest and Acton University, being active as an educator, author, and business consultant.
After receiving his Ph.D. degree from Kings College London, he has given dozens of presentations on a variety of topics, from patristic theology to Continental philosophy, focusing on Marxism and the history of Communism.
Born in Transylvania, he has lived in Great Britain, Germany, and North America, working with people from all walks of life and different religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
He has been a partner in various academic endeavors with institutions such Liberty Fund, Acton Institute, Mont Pelerin Society, Mercatus Center, National Review Institute, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, etc. His publications include articles and essays published by Oxford University Press, Ashgate, Brill, and others.
Some of his best-selling books include “Trump Phenomenon” (2017) and “The Seasons of Love” (2016, recently translated into Italian).
He is a father and a husband, currently living with his family in Bucharest, Romania.
Richard brings to the Centre of Enterprise Markets and Ethics a wide range of experience in business, the church and public life. He holds a degree in Economics and Accounting and spent over eight years as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young. He also served as the youngest ever member of the Press Council. Richard also holds a first class honors degree in Theology and PhD in Theology from the University of Durham. He was ordained into the ministry of the Church of England in 1994. He has served on the General Synod and was a member of the Archbishops’ Council, the Chairman of the Synod’s Business Committee and chaired a number of church working parties including a review of the remuneration of the clergy. Richard served in the pastoral ministry for over 10 years, was Principal of Wycliffe Hall, a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford from 2005-2012 and has been the Director of the Centre from 2012. He has authored several books including an acclaimed biography of the social reformer, Lord Shaftesbury, is a member of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
An applied microeconomist by training, Estelle has published empirical research on parenting investments, higher education, welfare policy, and criminal justice reform. More recently, her work has focused on themes at the intersection of traditional Christian teaching and economics, including complementary principles for authority as found in theology and the work of F.A. Hayek, the importance of economic wisdom for understanding Christian love of neighbor, the practical application of economics to loving, and the economic concepts of efficiency and comparative advantage seen as stewardship. She is currently working on a project that will bridge these two veins of research interest, using statistical methods to better understand the distribution of legal protections for religious free exercise in the United States.
Estelle obtained her B.A. in economics from Hillsdale College and earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia.
Keisha Russell is Counsel with First Liberty Institute, concentrating on religious liberty matters and First Amendment rights.
Keisha attended Emory University School of Law, where she was heavily involved in Emory’s prestigious Center for the Study of Law and Religion. She served on the Emory Journal of Law & Religion and two moot court teams. She was a law clerk for the Center’s Restoring Religious Freedom Project where she worked on religious liberty litigation. In her final year of law school, Keisha worked as a law clerk for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) on national and international matters affecting Israel. Keisha was a 2017 Emory University Graduating Woman of Excellence.
Prior to joining First Liberty, Keisha was a 2011 Teach For America corps member in Atlanta Public Schools. As an elementary special education teacher, she taught students with ADD, emotional behavioral disorders, and learning disabilities. Keisha is most passionate about protecting religious freedom for children in America’s schools.
Keisha’s religious liberty commentary has been published in FoxNews.com, Washington Examiner, The Daily Signal, Real Clear Religion, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Houston Chronicle, and others. She’s been a guest on FOX & Friends, CBN, and other local stations.
Keisha earned a Bachelor’s in Communications from University of Central Florida and a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Southern California.
Keisha is licensed to practice law in New York, Texas, and Florida.
Wilfred M. McClay is a senior fellow at the CRCD and professor of history at Hillsdale College. He is a leading scholar of American intellectual and cultural history as well as a prominent public intellectual and commentator. He is the author of numerous books including most recently his prize-winning Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story. His The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America received the 1995 Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American intellectual history.
He has previously served on the National Council on the Humanities and has taught at the University of Oklahoma, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Tulane University, Pepperdine University, Georgetown University, and the University of Dallas, and has served as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Rome. He is a member of the U.S. Commission on the Semiquincentennial, which is charged with planning the celebration of the nation’s 250th birthday in 2026.
Trey Dimsdale is the Executive Director of the Center for Religion, Culture, and Democracy (CRCD). In this role, Dimsdale is responsible for establishing the priorities of the organization and leading a team of staff and affiliate scholars in the promotion of CRCD’s mission.
Previously, Dimsdale held director-level roles with several think tanks, most recently the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. He began his career working for a state trial and state appellate judge in the State of Missouri. He also worked prior to law school in education and served as a private school administrator.
Dimsdale’s accomplishments include several publications, including Work: Theological Foundations and Practical Implications (SCM, 2018). His editorials and op-eds have appeared in Public Discourse, The Washington Times, and Religion & Liberty Transatlantic.
Dimsdale has presented at events and conferences in the United States and abroad. Speaking engagements have included presentations to European Parliament, the Anglican Leadership Forum, European Economic Summit, and the Congress of Christian Leaders in Nuremberg, Germany.
Currently, Dimsdale is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas. He is a member of The Philadelphia Society, The Federalist Society, The Ciceronian Society, and the American Political Science Association. He is also an associate fellow for The Centre for Enterprise, Markets & Ethics in Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.
Dimsdale earned both his law degree and undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also holds masters degrees in theology and ethics.
As Programs Director for Fellowships & Educational Programs for the CRCD, Barr is responsible for handling event and program logistics. Among her many tasks, she coordinates the application process as well as communication with guest speakers. She also manages the travel, lodging, and hospitality aspects of our off-site programs. Barr serves as administrative support to the full CRCD staff.
Barr began her career with Atrium Hospitality where she supported the executive team, researching and preparing documentation for presentations and other communications. She then took on the role of Event Sales Manager for Atrium, developing new business opportunities for the hotel and contracting with new clients. Prior to joining the CRCD, Barr was a legal assistant with First Liberty Institute, supporting the entire litigation cycle for a busy practice group.
Jordan J. Ballor directs the research agenda of the CRCD, which includes oversight of research publications as well as pursuit of his own scholarship, popular speaking, and writing. He has previously held research positions at the Acton Institute and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and has doctorates in Reformation history from the University of Zurich and in moral theology from Calvin Theological Seminary.
Ballor’s scholarly interests include Reformation studies, church-state relations, theological anthropology, social ethics, theology and political economy, and research methodology. His work at the CRCD manifests his passion for combining a robust theological understanding of social life with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the development of civil society.
Ballor has published extensively over the course of his career. He has authored multiple books, including a forthcoming introduction to the public theology of Abraham Kuyper. Working with Lexham Press, he served as a general editor for the 12 volume Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology series. Ballor’s research articles can be found in such publications as Journal of Markets & Morality, Journal of Religion, Scottish Journal of Theology, Reformation & Renaissance Review, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Faith & Economics, and Calvin Theological Journal.
In addition to his work at the CRCD, Ballor also directs the Kuyper Conference and is associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.