Ministry Team

Peggy Nienaber
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.

Patty Bills
Supporter Relations Coordinator

Patty Bills serves as Supporter Relations Coordinator for Faith and Action in the Nation’s
Capitol. Patty is a graduate of George Mason University, where she helped build up the largest
Christian Fellowship Group in the 1980s.
 
Prior to joining Faith and Action, Patty served as an elected officer for the Canton Chamber of
Commerce for 12 years where she received the Canton Chamber of Commerce Years of Service
Award. She also served for 22 years as vice president for the Continuity of Care, the largest
senior-focused community service group in the Midwest.
 
With over 30 years of experience in customer service, Patty oversees advocates for Faith and
Action as well as supporting churches. Patty takes a personal interest in what matters to our
supporters, prays with and for them, and provides our supporters with opportunities for service to
Faith and Action via personal involvement and giving.
 
Patty currently lives in Nokesville, VA, and has been married to William Bills since 1989. They
have a son, Jesse.

Board of Trustees

COL. David Hensey
Trustee

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. 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
Trustee

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 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.

Fr. Frank Pavone
Trustee

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.

Peggy Nienaber
Trustee

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 Forum Club, a Member of the John Carroll Society, a Member of the Capitol Hill Club. Peggy has been actively involved with pro-life, pro-family, and religious freedom issues for over 24 years. As part of her work with Faith and Action, Peggy also co-produced Fox & Friends’ “True Meaning of Christmas” Christmas Eve special in 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014.

Dick Jones
Trustee

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.