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Our Mission – in a Unique Field
Faith and Action is America’s only Christian outreach to top-level government officials in Washington, DC located directly across from the U.S. Supreme Court, a block from the U.S. Capitol and 10 minutes from the White House! Our purpose is affect the hearts and minds of America’s public policy makers with Christ’s mandate in the two Great Commandments: Love God With All Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength, and Love Your Neighbor As Yourself.
We have very specific ministry targets. We believe such a narrowly targeted effort is the most effective method for accomplishing our mission – to challenge our leaders with biblical truth. We are, therefore, focused on “challenging” 2,604 specific individuals across all three major government branches.
Much of the ministry we do is behind-the-scenes, and must be done very privately due to the positions held by those we minister to. We are very effective in this type of ministry, but also have four core programs that are our main public ministry each year, and often become conversation starters and network builders that further our private ministry.
First, we aim to minister to the 54 individuals in the federal Judicial branch, including Justices of the Supreme Court, their clerks, and assistants.
Second, we reach out to over 50 individuals in the executive branch, including the President and Vice-President as well as their staff and closest advisors. We also reach out to the various departments of the executive branch including Justice, State and Defense.
Third, we strive to minister to over 2,500 individuals in Congress – Senators and Representatives as well as their staff members and their closest advisors.
We recognize the uniqueness of our ministry field, and daily express our thanks to God for the unparalleled access to private ministry relationships He’s given us with our national public policy makers at the very highest levels. It is not without great expense, both in terms of the financial costs (Washington, DC is expensive) and the physical toll it takes upon our staff. But, our team is committed to our calling and work tirelessly to advance the Gospel on Capitol Hill.
Our Program Focus
Faith and Action accomplishes its mission through building personal relationships with individuals serving in government, engaging in private and public conversation and debate, distributing Scripture and informative materials and staging special events such as panel discussions, symposia, news conferences, seminars and prayer, worship and preaching services.
We also use the media, electronic communications, the Internet and the pulpit to disseminate our message. Faith and Action believes in and works hard to build strong alliances with all like-minded individuals, groups, religious communities, churches, organizations and institutions.
Our Core Beliefs
Our core beliefs at Faith & Action are built upon a timeless witness to Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6); attested to in Holy Scripture and lived out through His people. We are a Christian missionary outreach to elected and appointed officials in Washington, DC, throughout our country, and around the world. Our message begins with the two Great Commandments: To Love God and Love Your Neighbor. (Mark 12: 29 – 31)
While Faith and Action may comment on a particular public policy initiative, legislative proposal, or nomination, we do not regularly engage in lobbying and we never endorse candidates for public office. Faith and Action is also non-partisan and treats all people equally, regardless of their political affiliations. We are a non-profit, religious / charitable corporation with an exclusively religious mission. Our programs place a strong emphasis on the public acknowledgement of God, the importance of prayer, evangelization, pastoral care, Christian instruction,and respect for the sanctity and dignity of life, marriage and the family, and religious freedom.
President and Lead Missionary
Married to his wife Cheryl since 1977 and the father of two adult children, Reverend Rob Schenck (pronounced SHANK) is president and lead missionary of Faith and Action. He was ordained in 1982 and maintains ministerial affiliation with the Evangelical Church Alliance International. As a highly sought after cultural observer, Rev. Schenck uses exceptional story-telling ability, powerful public-speaking skills and a remarkable sense of humor to provide profound insights into the challenging moral issues that confront our nation.
Rob’s candid and personal views on Capitol Hill activities have put him at the center of many Washington news conferences and he is often a guest on TV and radio shows from coast to coast including the Sean Hannity Show, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Jay Sekulow Live and Larry King Live. Magazines including Life, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and Christianity Today have all carried reports of his evangelistic efforts. Rob has also been the focus of feature stories in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times. His biography in the Baltimore Sun was one of the largest features ever published in that newspaper and The Washington Post printed a front-page article about his views on homosexuality. Dr. Schenck has met and spoken personally with two Presidents, former and current Speakers of the House, Senate Majority Leaders, numerous members of Congress, and all nine Justices of the US Supreme Court.
Rev. Schenck is president of the National Clergy Council, a network of pastors and denominational leaders who work together to bring Christian moral principles into the conversation and debate surrounding national policy, and currently serves as the chairman of the Evangelical Church Alliance. He is the first chaplain appointed by the Capitol Hill Executive Service Club, the oldest continuous private association allowed to meet in the United States Capitol.
Chief of Program
Peggy Nienaber currently serves as the Chief of Program for Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital, overseeing the ministry’s program and events that focus on building strong alliances on Capitol Hill. Peggy also serves as President of the Capitol Hill Executive Service Club, a club of executives that have net weekly in the US Capitol for over 40+ years.
Supporter Relations Specialist
Patty Bills serves as Supporter Relations Coordinator for Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capitol. Patty is a graduate from George Mason University, where she was a key member in helping develop the largest Christian Fellowship Group during the 1980’s.
Prior to Faith and Action, Patty served as an elected officer for the Canton Chamber of Commerce for 12 years and was the recipient of the Canton Chamber of Commerce Years of Service Award. She also served as Vice President for the Continuity of Care for 22 years, the largest senior focus community service group.
With over 30 years of customer service background, Patty oversees advocates for FAA as well as supporting churches. Patty takes personal interest in what matters to our supporters, prays with and for them, and provides our supporters opportunities for service to Faith and Action through being personal involvement and giving.
Patty currently lives in Nokesville, VA and has been married to William Bills for 24 years. They have a son, Jesse.
Data Manager and General Administrative Assistant
Raymond Moore, raised in Brooklyn, NY and Hardeeville, SC serves as Data Manager and General Administrative Assistant for Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capitol. Raymond is a graduate from Shaw University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.
Prior to Faith and Action, Raymond worked for 5 years on the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project and assisted in raising $120 Million dollars to build the Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC. He also held a position with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration where he served as a Program Analyst. With over 8+ years of experience in fundraising, programs and database management, Raymond oversees our reporting and database management. Raymond is also “the son of a preacher man” and understands the importance of God and Faith in today’s society and has a great love for the work that Faith and Action is performing daily.
Raymond currently lives in Alexandria, VA and is happily married to Dyonndra Rai Moore.
The Honorable William J. Ostrowski House
It has often been said that our home base of operations has a life of it’s own. This is true enough that it’s like having an extra team member!
Reverend Pat Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition
A long time ally of Faith and Action, Rev. Pat Mahoney is the President of the Christian Defense Coalition.
Reverend Gary Dull
Rev. Gary Dull serves as the Senior Pastor of Faith Baptist Church of Altoona, Pennsylvania. He often travels to Washington, DC to assist Faith and Action in many of our programs and outreaches to our national leaders.
Fr. Frank Pavone is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world. Originally from New York, he was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor. He is a priest of the Amarillo Diocese and serves full-time in pro-life leadership with his bishop’s permission. In 1993 he became National Director of Priests for Life. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion. He travels throughout the country, to an average of four states every week, preaching and teaching against abortion. He produces programs regularly for religious and secular radio and television networks.
Tim Goeglein is the vice president for external relations at Focus on the Family and offices in our facility in Washington, DC. Prior to working with Focus on the Family, Goeglein served as special assistant to President George W. Bush, as the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. Tim’s life is a remarkable story of grace and redemption.
Goeglein graduated from Indiana University’s School of Journalism and is the author of “Man in the Middle.” He currently resides in the Washington-area with his wife and two sons.
Jack Lawrence Crans is graduated from the Philadelphia College of Bible in 1972 with a degree in Bible Social Work. He also holds a Master’s in Divinity degree from Eastern Seminary in St. Davids. He was appointed Chaplain of the Chester County Prison in 1973 and is Founder and Director of County Corrections Gospel Mission. He served as pastor of the Hephzibah Baptist Church in Coatesville and was responsible for starting the Coatesville street ministry, City Gate Mission.
Jack has received several awards for his work including the Social Work Award from the Philadelphia College of Bible.
Jack Crans is also Chaplain of the Pennsylvania State Police and serves as Honorary Chaplain of the Chester County Fraternal Order of Police.
Ruth Schofield is the founder of the award winning national television media, The Washington Report, featuring news from Capitol Hill. In 1995 Ruth developed the Embassy for World Peace in Washington, D.C. which serves to protect and defend religious freedom around the world. Ruth has been representing the Judeo-Christian community at the nation’s capital since 1985 and is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, Springfield, MO. serving in the Potomac District’s Capital Section.
Board of Trustees
Chairman of the Board
Rev. Paul CB Schenck, EdD, is Chair of Faith and Action and Director of the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill. A graduate of Luther Rice University, Holy Apostles College & Seminary and the Graduate Theological Foundation, he holds degrees in biblical studies, theology, bioethics and pastoral practice. He is a certified bioethicist with the National Catholic Bioethics Center.
Together with his twin brother, Rev. Rob Schenck, Fr. Paul has founded two schools, an international relief organization and a ministry to homeless in addition to Faith and Action. He has preached, lectured and given retreats and conferences throughout the world.
His U.S. Supreme Court case, Rev. Schenck V. Pro-Choice Network, in which he challenged a federal court order prohibiting pro-life activities in public spaces, was decided in 1997. A nearly unanimous Court struck down certain restrictions as violations of the First Amendment. He and his family make their home in Pennsylvania where is also Director of Respect Life for the Diocese of Harrisburg.
Rev. Rob (Robert L.) Schenck is co-founder and president of P&R Schenck, Associates in Evangelism, Inc., the parent corporation to Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital, the National Clergy Council, and the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill.
Rob is twin brother to Fr. Paul C.B. Schenck, who is co-founder and chair of the organization. P&R Schenck, Associates in Evangelism, Inc., is a New York non-profit, religious / charitable corporation registered to do business in the District of Columbia. It has been determined to be tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service.
Rob has is an ordained minister with dual affiliation in the Evangelical Church Alliance International (one of America’s oldest associations of independent clergy, executives of religious institutions, missionaries, and chaplains, both civilian and military) and the Methodist Episcopal Church USA, a conservative branch of Methodism that pre-dates the mergers resulting in the liberal United Methodist Church.
Rob holds a B.A. in Theology, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, and a Doctor of Ministry (from Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, Tacoma, Washington), and the Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa), conferred by St. Paul Christian University and the Joint Academic Commission of the National Clergy Council. He is presently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry in Strategic Leadership from Faith Evangelical College and Seminary. His dissertation will be on the role of Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a philosopher-leader of the German church resistance to Adolf Hitler, Naziism, and the Third Reich.
Rob serves as president and chief executive officer of P & R Schenck, Associates in Evangelism, Inc, and Lead Missionary for Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital. He was commissioned as a missionary to elected and appointed officials in the year 2000.
Lt. Colonel David Hensey
David Hensey is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Accounting in 1988.
In 1990 he moved to Okinawa, Japan and joined 7th Communications Battalion located on Camp Hansen. In June 1994, he transferred to Marine Barracks, 8th & I, in Washington, D.C. where he met Reverend Rob Schenck, then pastor of the National Community Church on Capitol Hill. After a successful military tour in D.C., he decided to resign his commission in 1997 and return to his beloved home town, Las Vegas, Nevada.
After several years of missing the Corps, he joined the local Marine Corps Reserve unit and has served in the reserves from June 2000 to present. In 2003 and 2008, he was mobilized and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
When David is not on active orders with the Marine Corps, he is an entrepreneur and an Independent Insurance agent, as well assisting his wife in building their health/fitness business as an Independent Team Beachbody Coach, marketing such products as P90X, Insanity, BodyGospel, Turbo Fire and the all natural drink, Shakeology.
David has been married to Paula for 23 years and they have four daughters, Angela, Gabrielle, Elisha and Diamond.
Rev. Dr. David Hernquist
David Hernquist was born in Olean, New York. After graduating from Olean High School in 1965, he attended SUNY Fredonia where he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. David began teaching instrumental music in public school in the Buffalo, New York area in 1973 and was also an aspiring clarinet player in symphony orchestras in the area.
In 1976, while still teaching school, he and his wife, Mary, began attending the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Orchard Park, New York pastored by Rev. Thomas F. Reid. Soon he began studying for the ministry. Pastor David was ordained with the Assemblies of God and became a full time assistant pastor at the Tabernacle in 1980. In 1989, he left the Tabernacle to travel full time with Rob Schenck and was involved extensively in missions in Mexico City and Pro-Life activism.
In 1990, Dave became senior pastor of Van Nest Assembly of God in the Bronx. Since 1990, Van Nest Assembly of God, a multicultural church, has grown to five services on Sundays, plus other services, prayer meetings and all kinds of ministries and activities during the week. Pastor David Hernquist is involved in serving outside his church such as in March For Jesus, Bronx National Day of Prayer, Bronx Clergy Task Force, Billy Graham Crusade, and many other clergy efforts in NYC.
Mr. Dick Jones
Mr. Dick Jones is an investments specialist with Folger, Nolan Fleming and Douglas, a leading Washinton, DC company. Dick is retired from the Marine Corps and helped lead the effort to build the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia.
Mr. Jones has been a friend to the ministry of Faith and Action for a number of years and helped write the investments policy for the organization. He chairs both the finance and investment committees of Faith and Action.
Dick is also a member of the Capitol Hill Executive Service Committee, a group of public and civic leaders who meet regularly in the Mansfield Room of the US Capitol. Rob Schenck serves as Chaplain of that organization.
Rev. Dr. Harry Thomas
Dr. Harry L. Thomas, Jr., holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters from the same institution. Dr. Thomas is the founder and executive director of Come Alive International, Inc. which sponors the annual Creation Festivals, attended each year by more than 100,000 youth.
Dr. Thomas received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gospel Music Association in 2004. He serves on the board of the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation, the Supreme Court Historical Society, the Fellowship of Religious Leaders, and the Christian Festivals Association.
Dr. Thomas also founded the “Friendship Fest” in Morocco in 2005 and 2006, where over 200,000 attended from the Muslim and Christian communities in Morocco. He also co-founded Boyer University in Madina, Ghana, West Africa.
Fr. Frank Pavone
Fr. Frank Pavone is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world. He was ordained in 1988, is a priest of the Amarillo Diocese and serves full-time in pro-life leadership with his bishop’s permission. In 1993 he became National Director of Priests for Life. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion.
Father Pavone travels throughout the country, to an average of four states every week, preaching and teaching against abortion. He produces programs regularly for religious and secular radio and television networks. He was asked by Mother Teresa to speak in India on the life issues.
He is a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life. He was present at the bedside of Terri Schiavo as she was dying and was an outspoken advocate for her life. He is the author of two books, Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It, and Pro-life Reflections for Every Day.
Dr. Karen Swallow Prior
Dr. Karen Swallow Prior is a native of Maine who moved to Virginia from Buffalo, New York, where she completed her undergraduate and graduate studies. She was raised in a strong Christian home and received Christ at a very early age. But it wasn’t until she was in her twenties that Dr. Prior was introduced to the concept of the Christian worldview. This was when her faith became real and she embraced the challenge of not only living biblically, but thinking biblically, too. Her life has never been the same.
Dr. Prior incorporates this love of living and thinking biblically into her teaching and her study of literature and language, and it is what fuels her passion for both. Dr. Prior was the 2003 recipient of the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2006 she received the Sigma Tau Delta (LU chapter) Teacher of the Year Award. She teaches British literature primarily, with a specialty in Eighteenth Century British literature which she loves for its emphasis on philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, and community, as well as for the correction it offers to the universal human impulse to gravitate toward extremes.
Dr. Prior and her husband Roy Prior live in Amherst where they spend their time renovating their 1912 farmhouse and spoiling their three boisterous and beautiful German Shorthaired Pointers.