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January Newsmakers Interview Series Underway

January 7th, 2014


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Dr. Marvin Olasky, host of the
Newsmaker Interview Series


A last-minute cancellation by Regnery Publishing VP Harry Crocker has allowed one of D.C.'s preeminent "power players" to join Marvin Olasky at Monday's Newsmaker Interview Series. Join us in welcoming Jennifer Marhall, Director of Public Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation.

The next round of Newsmakers Interviews with Marvin Olasky is scheduled for next week, Jan. 13-17, in the Barbara Hodel Center. The week will provide a fascinating glimpse into the worlds of conservative politics and book publishing, religious persecution and international social justice ministries. Please join us in person Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:40 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:20 p.m. Don’t miss our Newsmaker events, or tune into our live webcast here!




Jennifer Marshall

Monday at 12:40 p.m., Jennifer Marshall,  Director of Public Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, will be on campus today. Marshall heads Heritage’s Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, as well as coordinating FamilyFacts.org, an online resource reporting on social science research on family and religion. In 2010, the National Journal named her one of 20 “power players” in Washington for her work on school choice and education reforms. Prior to joining Heritage in 2003, she worked at Empower America, a free-market think tank, and also served as senior director of family studies at the Family Research Council. She authored Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century, exploring the cultural, practical, and spiritual issues marriage-minded young women must sort through living in a society where the age of first marriage is on the rise.


Marvin Padgett

Tuesday at 12:20 p.m., Marvin Padgett, the current president of Great Commission Publications’ board of trustees, will sit down with Dr. Olasky. Padgett has worked in the book-related business since 1982, when he was manager of the bookstore at L’Abri in Huémoz, Switzerland. He owned and managed the Logos Bookstore of Nashville, Tennessee. An avid reader, he later worked as editorial vice president at Crossway Books, where he was a member of the ESV Translation Oversight Committee. He has served as a board member of Covenant College, Good News Publishers and Great Commission Publications. He co-edited Calvin and Culture: Exploring a Worldview with David Hall. He is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and continues to speak at L’Abri conferences across the US.




Mark Meckler

Wednesday at 12:40 p.m., Mark Meckler, co-founder and former national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, will provide a first-person look inside the Tea Party Movement.  He co-authored a book entitled Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution, but shortly after the book was published, he resigned from his position with the Tea Party. He began another organization called Citizens for Self Governance, which focuses on broadening the idea of “self-governance” outside of the Tea Party movement. He is an adviser to the Campaign for Primary Accountability, a SuperPAC.


Bob Fu

Thursday, 12:20 p.m., Pastor “Bob” Xiqiu Fu, will discuss the future of Christianity in China. Six years after persecution forced him to flee from China to the United States, Fu founded ChinaAid to promote religious freedom in China. He envisioned ChinaAid to be an organization that serves with truth and compassion to address the physical, legal and spiritual needs of abused victims while drawing international attention to China's gross human rights violations against house church Christians. His efforts were recognized in 2011 by the Nobel Prize Committee with an invitation to attend the award ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize given to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Pastor Fu testifies regularly before the United Nations, U.S. congressional committees and other influential agencies concerning reports of abuses, especially violations of Chinese citizens’ rights to religious freedom. Under his leadership, ChinaAid has expanded its mission to support legal defense in religious persecution cases, academic research on the rule of law, and ministering to and training of house church leaders in China.




Tina Ramirez

Friday at 12:40 p.m., Tina Ramirez, founder and executive director of Hardwired, a global social justice movement that mobilizes young leaders to end religious oppression, will discuss the future of religious freedom with Dr. Olasky. Ramirez served as a policy researcher at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and as a foreign policy advisor for various members of the U.S. Congress where she helped found and direct the bi-partisan Congressional International Religious Freedom Caucus. Most recently she directed international programs at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and has also helped secure the release of imprisoned victims. She has testified before the U.S. Congress and the United Nations, and trained advocates and religious leaders in Iraq, Sudan, and Turkey in their religious freedom rights. 

Coming up in February, please set your calendars for another incredible Newsmakers line-up to include, on Feb. 26, Dr. David Jeremiah, author, radio broadcaster, and mega-church pastor. He’ll be discussing his new book and the dynamics of “wildfire evangelism. Wildfires race up a mountainside like they are alive,” he says. “God compared His words to a fire (Jeremiah 23:29)”.

And, on Feb. 25, Luis Palau, renowned international evangelist, and his evangelist sons Kevin and Andrew, will visit the PHC campus to discuss the future of international evangelism. If you can’t join us live, please watch the live webcast.


Gallery of ongoing interviews