Rev. Rob Schenck
President and Lead Missionary
Married to his wife Cheryl since 1977 and the father of two adult children, Rev. Rob Schenck (pronounced SHANK) is president and lead missionary of Faith and Action. He was ordained in 1982. As a sought-after cultural observer, Rev. Schenck uses his exceptional story-telling ability, public-speaking skills, and sense of humor to provide insights into the challenging moral issues that confront our nation.
Rev. Schenck’s candid views on Capitol Hill activities have put him at the center of many Washington news conferences. He is often a guest on TV and radio shows, including the Sean Hannity Show, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Jay Sekulow Live, and Larry King Live. He has also been featured in magazines such as Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Life, and Christianity Today. He has also been the subject of articles in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times. A profile on Rev. Schenck in the Baltimore Sun was one of the largest features ever published in that newspaper. The Washington Post printed a front-page article about his views on homosexuality. Rev. 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 Supreme Court.
Rev. Schenck is a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Centre for the Study of Law and Public Policy, where he studies and reports on international religious freedom. He is president of the National Clergy Council, a network of pastors and denominational leaders who work together to bring Christian moral principles into the political debate. He is the first chaplain appointed by the Capitol Hill Executive Service Club, the oldest continuous private association allowed to meet in the U.S. Capitol.
Vice President of Operations
Peggy Nienaber serves as the vice president of operations for Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital, overseeing the ministry’s program and events that serve to build strong alliances on Capitol Hill. Peggy also serves as President of the Capitol Hill Executive Service Club, a club of executives that has met weekly in the U.S. Capitol for over 40 years.
Peggy has been actively involved with pro-life, pro-family, and religious freedom issues for over 24 years. She also worked on seniors’ issues as a special assistant to television presenter Art Linkletter and legendary singer Pat Boone. She was involved in grassroots efforts that led to the confirmation of two U.S. Supreme Court Justices and the election of many members of Congress. Additionally, Peggy served as an NGO Liaison to the United Nations and participated in the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the World Congress of Families in Poland in 2007. As part of her work with Faith and Action, Peggy also co-produced Fox & Friends’ “True Meaning of Christmas” Christmas Eve special in 2011.
Fr. Paul Schenck
Fr. Paul C.B. Schenck, Ed.D., is chairman 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 the homeless in addition to his work with Faith and Action. He has preached, lectured, and led 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. The Justices were nearly unanimous in striking down certain restrictions as violations of the First Amendment. He and his family make their home in Pennsylvania where he also serves as director of Respect Life for the Diocese of Harrisburg.
Christian Defense Coalition
A long time ally of Faith and Action, Rev. Pat Mahoney is the President of the Christian Defense Coalition.
Priests for Life
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.
Hope To The Hill
Nathan Kistler has shared his musical talent from the southern steps of Jerusalem, to the steps of the U.S. Capitol. For the last five years, Nathan has been an allied partner with Faith and Action working with the legislative branch of our government.
Board of Trustees
Rev. Rob Schenck
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 is an ordained minister with the Methodist Episcopal Church USA, a conservative branch of Methodism that pre-dates the mergers resulting in the liberal United Methodist Church. Rob was previously the chairman of 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)
Rob holds a B.A. in Theology, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, and a Doctor of Ministry from Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, Tacoma, WA, and a 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 with 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, Nazism, and the Third Reich. He is a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Centre for the Study of Law and Public Policy, where he studies and reports on international religious freedom.
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.
Rev. Dr. David Hernquist
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, DC, where he met Rev. Rob Schenck, then pastor of the National Community Church on Capitol Hill. After a successful military tour in Washington, he decided to resign his commission in 1997 and return to his beloved hometown of Las Vegas.
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 the 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. He also assists 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, NY. 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 schools in the Buffalo, NY, area in 1973. He was also an aspiring clarinet player in symphony orchestras in the area.
In 1976, while still teaching school, David and his wife Mary began attending the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Orchard Park, NY, pastored by Rev. Thomas F. Reid. Soon he began studying for the ministry. 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 Rev. Rob Schenck and was involved extensively in missions in Mexico City and in pro-life activism.
In 1990, David 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 also involved in outreach beyond his church, including the March for Jesus, Bronx National Day of Prayer, Bronx Clergy Task Force, Billy Graham Crusade, and many other clergy efforts in NYC.
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 degree from the same institution. Dr. Thomas is the founder and executive director of Come Alive International, Inc., which sponsors the annual Creation Festival, attended each year by more than 100,000 young people.
Dr. Thomas received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gospel Music Association in 2004. He serves on the boards 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, attended by over 200,000 individuals from the Muslim and Christian communities in Morocco. He 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 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.
Fr. 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 he 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. Karren Swallow Prior
Dr. Karen Swallow Prior is a native of Maine who moved to Virginia from Buffalo, NY, 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 was not 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.
Dick Jones is an investments specialist with Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas, a leading Washington, DC, investment firm. Dick is retired from the Marine Corps and helped lead the effort to build the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA.
Dick has been a friend to 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 U.S. Capitol. Rev. Rob Schenck serves as chaplain of that organization.