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His evangelical ties: Moore got his start as vice president of his alma mater, Liberty University, and was appointed to the position while he was still in his 20s by Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell himself. His Kairos clientele includes the World Evangelical Alliance, Saddleback Church, and the Christian Broadcasting Network, as well as Ronnie Floyd and David Jeremiah, both fellow members of Trump’s advisory board.

His beliefs and politics: The author of Defying ISIS and advocate for the persecuted church, Moore has been following the situation in Iraq and Syria in particular (and traveling to the region) long before ISIS made national headlines. As a commentator on conservative news programs, he reminds viewers that this persecution of Christians is “definitely targeted, is definitely significant, and has been happening a long time.” Ben Carson appointed Moore as his special faith advisor for the campaign.

His Trump ties: Moore was VP at Liberty during Trump’s convocation in 2011 and echoed the mogul’s controversial advice that students should “get even” with adversaries. During each of the Republican candidate debates, Moore praised Trump’s performance. He helped organize the My Faith Votes event and told the Christian Post, “The Trump campaign has been unbelievably cooperative to commit such time with these leaders … It is the largest, most representative gathering of national, Christian leaders I've seen in my lifetime.”

Sealy Yates, attorney, literary agent, and president of My Faith Votes

Who he is: Yates is an attorney at Yates & Yates, a law firm that represents Christian authors. The first literary agent in Christian publishing, Yates helped to launch the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Last year, he founded My Faith Votes, a $5 million effort to encourage Christians—especially those who stayed home in 2012—to vote in 2016. Ben Carson agreed to be the national chairman of My Faith Votes the same day he ended his presidential campaign.

His evangelical ties: Yates was the founding chairman of Open Doors and has served on the board for Open Doors International, Insight for Living, Turning Point Ministries, and Ransomed Heart Ministries. Yates has represented dozens of high-profile Christian authors, including Chuck Swindoll, David Platt, Mark Driscoll, David Jeremiah, and Carson.

His beliefs and politics: My Faith Votes is Yates’ first step into the political arena. The non-partisan organization, with Yates as president, has not officially endorsed anyone, but aims to “motivate believers to act on their faith by casting an informed vote based on a biblical worldview.”

His Trump ties: My Faith Votes national chair Carson endorsed Trump in March, and My Faith Votes hosted the discussion between Trump and religious leaders in New York City this week. "We wish to talk with specificity to Donald Trump about issues of faith and the role of faith in the civic arena,” Yates said of the meeting. “And, we wish to assure him of our prayers for his family and him.”

Tom Winters, attorney

Who he is: Winters is a founding member of his Oklahoma law firm, Winters & King, which represents nonprofits including churches, ministries, and charities. Like Yates, Winters is also a literary agent.

His evangelical ties: Winters received his bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from Oral Roberts University. He represents Christian authors such as T. D. Jakes, Tammy Faye Baker, Joyce Meyer, and Joel Osteen.

His beliefs and politics: Winters has not previously made public statements on his beliefs or political affiliations.

His Trump ties: This is Winters’ first public affiliation with Trump.

Tim Clinton, national leader in Christian counseling

Who he is: A professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist, Clinton is president of the American Association of Christian Counselors, a 50,000-member group. He interviews Christian authors and leaders on his weekly radio programLife, Love, and Family. An avid sports fan, Clinton also founded Ignite (previously called Wildfire), a Christian men’s event featuring “athletes, outdoorsmen, and Bible teachers” from Drew Brees and Tim Tebow to the Duck Dynasty brothers.

His evangelical ties: Clinton directs the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University, his alma mater. He has partnered with Focus on the Family, Compassion International, and Logos Bible Software, and has spoken at mental health events with Frank Page, Warren Kinghorn, Ed Stetzer, and others. Evangelical leaders such as Tim LaHaye and Larry Crabb have endorsed his work.

His beliefs and politics: As a counselor, Clinton advocates for greater mental health awareness among Christians and addresses pornography as an epidemic hurting marital intimacy.

His Trump ties: Clinton has shared posts from Ben Carson and Liberty president Jerry Falwell Jr. congratulating Trump on becoming the presumptive Republican nominee. Timereported that Paula White recruited Clinton to help Trump finalize his faith advisor list.

Tony Suarez, executive vice president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)

Who he is: Before joining the NHCLC, Suarez was the pastor of The Pentecostals of Norfolk church in Virginia, which he founded with his wife Jessica in 2007. He is also the host of Faith Alive on Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Salsa network.

His evangelical ties: Suarez works with prominent evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez at the NHCLC. In May, Suarez met with Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission president Russell Moore and pastor Jim Garlow to talk with House speaker Paul Ryan about religious liberty and policy direction for the Republican party. In 2016, he was named to the Top 100 Leaders list by the John Maxwell Group. He serves as a board member of the Evangelical Immigration Table, among others.

His beliefs and politics: Suarez meets often with members of Congress on behalf of the NHCLC. In February, he endorsed Marco Rubio for president. He supports Obama’s executive action granting temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

His Trump ties: In November, Suarez wrote on his Facebook that “the only thing more embarrassing than [Trump’s] campaign is watching preachers support Trump.”

By comparison, here are the religious advisory boards appointed by former candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, which represent other cross-sections of American evangelicals:


Carlos Campo, Ashland University president
Vincent Bacote, Wheaton University theology professor
Kyle Duncan, former general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead counsel in the Hobby Lobby case
Tom Farr, Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University
Kellie Fiedorek, Alliance Defending Freedom
Wayne Grudem, Phoenix Seminary
Chad Hatfield, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary chancellor
Thomas Kidd, Baylor University professor
Daniel Mark, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
Michael McConnell, Stanford University Law School
Doug Napier, Alliance Defending Freedom
Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference president
Meir Soloveichik, Yeshiva University
Rick Warren, Saddleback Church
Thomas White, Cedarville University president


Tony Perkins, Family Research Council president (chair)
Ryan Anderson, Ph.D., Heritage Foundation fellow
Tony Beam, North Greenville University vice president
David Benham, entrepreneur
Jason Benham, entrepreneur
Ken Blackwell, former US Ambassador to the UN for Human Rights
Teresa S. Collett, University of St. Thomas professor
Jim Garlow, Skyline Church in San Diego, California
Mark Harris, First Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina
Jack Hibbs, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, California
Harry Jackson, International Communion of Evangelical Churches
Richard Lee, There’s Hope America president
Paige Patterson, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president
Everett Piper, Oklahoma Wesleyan University president
Jay Richards, The Catholic University of America economics professor
Dr. Steve Riggle, Grace Community Church in Houston
Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference president
Kelly Shackelford, First Liberty Institute president
Carol Swain, Vanderbilt University professor

With reporting by Morgan Lee.

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