#LiftTheVote is a national project that is focused on engaging and energizing millions of Evangelical Christians who have not been participating in past elections. Those votes CAN make a difference in the election results and the policies that flow from our democratic process. Together, we can motivate and mobilize Christians around the country to take a stand for their faith, freedom and families at the polls -- and in the process "heal our land." 2d Chronicles 7:14.
Steve Gill is an attorney and former host of the Steve Gill Show, an influential nationally syndicated radio talk show. He has been a political analyst for WKRN News 2 (ABC) in Nashville, and has appeared as a political commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and other media in the U.S and abroad. In 1992 he was appointed to a White House Fellowship by President George H.W. Bush and served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Trade Representative. He has consulted on numerous local, state and federal political races during the past several years and is the founder of Power of Liberty, Inc.. He was a statewide elected Delegate to the 2016 GOP Convention. Gill is Political Editor for the Tennessee Star (www.tennesseestar.com.)
Dana Hunsinger Gill
In so many ways, this project has the capacity to change the world we live in. I pray that #LiftTheVote will be a resource for followers of Jesus, to seek first His Kingdom and apply what we know to all aspects of our lives, including our votes. We reveal what we believe by our actions, words, votes: my prayer is that our votes on November 8 will make His voice heard by all and our nation blessed.
Dana Hunsinger Gill attended Arizona State University Business School and worked in the music industry for 18 years. Dana Chaired Families in Need in Nashville for several years, a ministry providing food and support for families in crisis, as well as numerous other charitable and volunteer positions. Dana co-founded 4LOVE Magazine, a Christ centered Christian Lifestyle publication, and served as Senior Editor until the publication was sold. She has worked extensively with Christian organizations across the country and with major advertisers and donors to those organizations.
Pastor Mateen Elass
Pastor Advisory Team Chairman
#LiftTheVote is a project I’m very excited about. I’m truly honored to play such an important role for such an incredible organization.
What are the odds that a son born to a Muslim father, raised for more than a decade in Saudi Arabia, schooled in western philosophy and psychology, and then trained in eastern mysticism, should become a resolute Christian and ambassador of the Gospel? Small odds indeed, but Dr. Mateen Elass sees this prelude to his ministry as witness to the amazing power of God to find and call His children to service-regardless of the odds. Mateen was the second of four children born to a Syrian Muslim who had married an American while studying at the University of Wisconsin. Some years after Mateen’s birth, the family moved to Saudi Arabia where his father worked as an oil company executive. During his early teens Mateen began a search for God, largely through reading. For six years he focused on eastern mysticism and meditation including a stay at an ashram in India. Yet his nagging questions, Who is God? How can I know him? remained unanswered. God guided Mateen toward an answer to those questions by bringing him into contact with genuine Christians. They repeatedly pointed him to Christ and challenged him, “Read the four gospels of the New Testament. Get to know Jesus.” He took up the challenge. After days of reading, study, and prayer, at the age of twenty Mateen became a follower of Christ. He soon paid a high cost for his newfound faith: isolation from his father for more than a decade. By the end of his college years, Mateen sensed God’s call to Christian ministry. After completing a B.A. at Stanford University he graduated from Fuller Seminary, earning M.Div. and M.A. degrees in Biblical Studies and Theology. After several years of pastoral work he earned a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Durham University in England, studying under world-renowned scholar James D. G. Dunn. Mateen’s prior ministries include an associate position for a small-town Presbyterian church in Wyoming, solo pastor of a young suburban church in Arizona, and Minister of Adult Education at First Presbyterian of Colorado Springs, a church at that time of more than five thousand people. He then served as senior pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Illinois for seven years prior to completing his pastoral work as senior pastor of First Presbyterian, Edmond, OK, from 2007 to 2015. In the fall of 2015, Mateen took up a new calling with Voice of the Truth in Colorado Springs, a ministry dedicated to reaching Arabic-speaking peoples with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Mateen’s particular work is with churches and Christian groups eager to learn about Islam, its claims and challenges, and how to share the gospel winsomely and effectively with Muslims. He is the author of several books, including “Understanding the Koran” and “The Teachings of Jesus and Mohammed.”