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Speaker's Bureau

The Church State Council has become a regional affiliate of the North American Religious Liberty Association, a membership organization dedicated to preserving religious freedom for all peaceful people of faith both nationally and internationally. We work together to educate, inspire and mobilize clergy and individuals at the grassroots level. To this end, we maintain a speaker’s bureau of articulate and inspiring professionals.

If you would like to plan a program in your church or community, please don’t hesitate to call on us, and we will provide you with a suitable speaker. Although we primarily serve a five state southwestern region, including Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah, speakers are also available to serve outside this region.

Would you like to schedule a Religious Liberty speaker for your church for a special weekend or Sabbath? Choose from our Speaker's Bureau list below and call the Church State Council office to schedule an appointment: (916) 446-2552.

 

Alan Reinach
Alan J. Reinach, Esq.

Alan J. Reinach, Esq. serves as the Director of the Church State Council and President of the North American Religious Liberty Association - West. He is an attorney and a Seventh-day Adventist minister. A graduate of the State University of New York, in New Paltz, with special honors in history, in 1984, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Law, in 1987. Reinach represents employees who have suffered religious discrimination, and has filed briefs in religious liberty cases in state and Federal courts, and in the California and United States Supreme Court.

 

Dennis Seaton
Dennis Seaton

Dennis Seaton, Director of Government Relations, served for 20 years in Central California Conference Administration, handling human resource functions, pastoral placement, trouble shooting issues and a variety of administration duties.

He is very excited about the opportunity to represent Christ in the legislative and interfaith communities, and to help members with their Sabbath/religious problems.

 

Steve Allred
Steve Allred

Steve Allred is a Seventh-day Adventist minister and a lawyer who serves on the board of the North American Religious Liberty Association-West.

 

 

 

Fred Bischoff
Fred Bischoff

Fred Bischoff has been studying the relation of Adventist history to Bible prophecy since the late 1980s. He is a preventive medicine physician on the faculty of Loma Linda University, and a staff physician with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Most of his time since 2004 has been spent working with several non-profit organizations, including one in partnership with the Ellen G. White Estate to produce a CD-ROM collection of early SDA writings. His Bible study groups are currently studying Daniel and Revelation. He enjoys exploring and explaining "the simplicity that is in Christ" in relation to history and prophecy, particularly in relation to the Adventist mission. One of his favorite topics is the faith of Jesus.

 

Aaron Brieno
Aaron Brieno

Aaron Brieno was born and raised in a small agricultural community in California’s Central Valley. From an early age Aaron has had a strong interest in the American political system and has worked on many California elections, both local and state. Aaron attended Chapman University where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership. Aaron moved to Sacramento to attend the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law because of their exceptional Public Law & Policy program. While living in Sacramento Aaron interned in California Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s office and was part of the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law’s inaugural Legislative and Public Policy Clinic class.

 

Fabian Carballo
Fabian Carballo

Fabian Carballo is an Advanced Placement Government, Principles of Democracy and U.S. History teacher at a public high school.  He earned a B.A. in History and Political Science from La Sierra University in 2002 and a B.A. in Communication from the same university in 2003.  Fabian also earned a Master's degree in American Studies from California State University , Fullerton in 2004 as well as two teaching credentials, one in Social Sciences and another in English Language and Literature from the same institution.  Fabian is now serving this term as NARLA-West Chapter president and has been on the board of directors since 2005.

 

Jonathon Cherne
Jonathon Cherne, Esq.

Jonathon Cherne, Esq. is an attorney in Westlake Village, CA. He is of counsel to the Church State Council, representing employees who have suffered from religious discrimination. He also has an Estate Planning practice. Mr. Cherne is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and received his B.A. from Southern Adventist University. While attending Pepperdine, he participated in the planting of the Malibu Seventh-day Adventist Church. Mr. Cherne preaches often, and conducts seminars on Religious Discrimination, Religious Freedom and Estate and Tax Planning.

 

Michael Macomber
Michael D. Macomber

Michael D. Macomber is an attorney with a solo practice in Sonora, California. He is a graduate of La Sierra University with honors, in speech communication/journalism in 1979, and Willamette University College of Law in 1982. Macomber is a civil litigation and trial attorney, representing parties in both State and Federal court, and has written and argued briefs in the California District Courts of Appeal and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

 

Nicholas Miller
Nicholas Miller

Nicholas Miller is Associate Professor of Church History at the Seventh-day Adventist Seminary and Director of the Andrews University International Institute of Religious Liberty. He is also an attorney with a background in theology and church history. He has worked as a trial attorney for the government, as an advocate for religious freedom on Capitol Hill, and as a litigator for religious colleges, hospitals and churches. Mr. Miller has appeared before the Supreme Court in cases relating to religious freedom, as well as before many other state and federal courts. He is presently completing his Ph.D dissertation in American legal and religious history from the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Berrien Springs, Michigan with his wife, Leanne, a practicing physician, and his children, Patrick (12) and Kelli (10).

 

Marvin Moore
Marvin Moore

Marvin Moore, editor of Signs of the Times magazine, conducts seminars on Hope for the End Time. He is a Seventh-day Adventist minister, the prolific author of many books, and a gifted speaker. For more information on his seminars, see his website, http://www.hopeseminars.org

 

Mario Negrete
Mario Negrete, Jr.

Mario Negrete is a 1999 graduate of La Sierra University, with a degree in History and Political Science. He teaches at West Covina Hills Adventist Elementary School. His passion is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the prophecy of His Second Coming through his involvement in Pathfinders, through Adventist education and by participating in the NARLA West Los Angeles Hispanic Team, the first and only religious liberty organization promoting freedom of conscience within the Latino community.

 

Jerry Nelson
Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson has been pastoring churches in Central and Northern California Conferences since he graduated from Andrews Theological Seminary in 1990. For the past seven years he has pastored the Arroyo Grande Seventh-day Adventist Church. Jerry served as the Associate Pastor at the Roseville church from 1992-1996. Jerry is a charter member of the North American Religious Liberty Association-West, and serves on the NARLA-West board and is committed to educating and activating church members in religious liberty issues.

 

Hector Polo, Jr.
Hector Polo, Jr.

Hector Polo, Jr. was born and raised in the Adventist movement. He grew up in South Gate, California and attended the infamous Poly High School in Long Beach where he played baseball alongside Milton Bradley who now plays for the Chicago Cubs. Hector has coached soccer at the High School Varsity level and is currently the director of an after church recreational league known as, United Adventist Recreational Sports (U.A.R.S). On the spiritual side, he is an Elder at the Carson Spanish Seventh Day Adventist church and is the promoter for the NARLA-West Los Angeles Chapter.

 

Hector Polo
Hector Polo, Snr.

Hector Polo was born in the country of the eternal spring, Guatemala, and is a proud father of five. He is a graduate of Long Beach City College where he played college soccer. Polo serves as an Inspector for the Environmental Protection Agency. When he is not at work or managing a youth soccer team, Polo is actively involved in the Religious Liberty Ministry at the Carson Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church. Polo is a founding member and officer in the first NARLA local team to be formed in the U.S., the NARLA West Los Angeles Hispanic Team. He is dedicated to the active promotion of freedom of conscience to the youth, and in churches.

Daniel Rodela
Daniel Rodela

Daniel Rodela grew up as a Roman Catholic the first decade of his life in Southern California but became a Protestant in 1992 when he baptized into the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He is happily married to Sonia Rodela and has three beautiful daughters: Abigail, Sophia, and Emilia Rodela. His commitment to serving the Hispanic community led him to establish the first Latino NARLA chapter in Los Angeles. On his spare time he loves to weightlift and engage in high intensity cross fit training. He is a graduate from Cal State Bakersfield and holds a degree in Political Science and Philosophy. 

 

Norman Knight

Dr. Norman G. Knight is an ordained minister who has served as a Pastor in the Pacific and Lake Union Conferences of Seventh-day Adventists for over 23 years. As an administrator for the University of California Office of the President, he has lectured to over 450,000 students, parents, faculty, and administrators concerning “Access to Higher Education” as well as conducting “Marriage Encounter” seminars worldwide. Dr. Knight, who is currently the Outreach Chaplain for Pacific Union College and an Adjunct Professor of homiletics for the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, is also a member of the Academy of Homiletics and the African American Guild of Master Preachers.

 

  A. Jeanice Warden-Washington

A. Jeanice Warden-Washington is a product of Christian education.  She attended Glendale Adventist Academy, in Glendale, CA, where she graduated as “Miss Glendale,” with Highest Honors.  Jeanice holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a Minor in Music from Oakwood University, in Huntsville, AL, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.  Jeanice also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Government/Political Science, with an emphasis in American, California State and Local Politics from the California State University, Sacramento.Jeanice serves as the Principal Consultant to the California State Assembly Committee on Higher Education.

Ms. Warden-Washington is a fifth generation Seventh-day Adventist Christian and truly loves the Lord.  She is a member of the North American Religious Liberty Association (NARLA) West Board.   Jeanice is an active member of the Sacramento – Capitol City SDA Church, in Sacramento, CA.  She is the Religious Liberty Director and Minister of Music, as well as a member of the Capitol City Chorale and Praise Team.  Jeanice is committed to keeping matters of religious liberty before church members; ensuring that they are educated about their rights and not taking their “freedom” for granted.