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Bob Vander Plaats
President and CEO
Bob Vander Plaats is President and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER. His passionate leadership for the betterment of America's family has earned The FAMiLY LEADER...
Bob Vander Plaats
President and CEO

Bob Vander Plaats is President and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER. His passionate leadership for the betterment of America’s family has earned The FAMiLY LEADER the 2010 “Family Champion” award presented by CitizenLink, an affiliation of Focus on the Family.

His leadership and voice for the family is frequently noted and his comments are widely requested by a vast array of national and international media outlets. The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and many others have referenced Bob as, “Kingmaker,” while Bob prefers the designation of “Standard Bearer.”

Bob is author of Light from Lucas, a true story of how God uses the weakest among us to have the greatest impact. The book gives a poignant account of Bob’s son, Lucas, who although severely disabled at birth, offers important life-changing lessons. Light from Lucas is a Barnes and Noble “Recommended Read” and has earned the authentic “Chuck Norris Approved” seal.” Learn more at www.LightfromLucas.com

In addition to being an author, Bob is a highly sought after speaker. His passion to make a difference is contagious and his insight intriguing as he weaves lessons from his various experiences and leadership successes in education, in health care and human services, in politics, in business and in ministry.

Bob’s most recent book, If 7:14…An Urgent Call for Revival…It’s Time, is an urgent and compelling call to revival based upon 2 Chronicles 7:14, a passage that gives God’s people a glimpse of His heart and a template for revival. Visit www.if714.com.

Bob received his Master’s and Specialist’s Degrees from Drake University in Educational Leadership.  He is a recipient of Northwestern College’s (Iowa) “Distinguished Alumni” in the area of professional achievement.

Bob and his wife, Darla, recently celebrated 38 years of marriage and are blessed with four sons.

DARLA VANDER PLAATS
DIRECTOR, IF 7:14
Darla Vander Plaats is a farm girl from northwest Iowa. She received a degree from Northwestern College in Orange City and worked for several years...
DARLA VANDER PLAATS
DIRECTOR, IF 7:14

Darla Vander Plaats is a farm girl from northwest Iowa. She received a degree from Northwestern College in Orange City and worked for several years as a CPA before taking the opportunity to stay home with the four sons she and Bob raised together. She joined Bob at The FAMiLY LEADER in 2015 and has loved the opportunities to travel and minister with him.

The FAMiLY LEADER places a high priority on the pursuit of cultural transformation, and Darla has been convicted by the belief that our only hope lies in the individual and collective turning of our hearts and minds back to the Lord. The hope of revival is the purpose and motivation for her work on If 7:14, and it has been an unexpected joy to meet and work with many others around the country who have the same hope and purpose.

CHUCK HURLEY
VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF COUNSEL
Chuck Hurley has been a Christian since 1977, and a licensed attorney since 1983. He spent 15 years in private practice, and now uses his...
CHUCK HURLEY
VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF COUNSEL

Chuck Hurley has been a Christian since 1977, and a licensed attorney since 1983. He spent 15 years in private practice, and now uses his legal experience to defend religious liberties, family values, and the sanctity of life.

He ran for the Iowa Legislature for the first time in 1988, in part on a platform of defending the sanctity of life, school choice, strengthening marriage, and repealing no-fault divorce laws. He served for six years in the Iowa Legislature, 1991-1996, and was Vice-Chair and Chair of the House Judiciary Committee from 1993-1996.

In 1996, he and Governor Terry Branstad introduced a bill which would have repealed no-fault divorce, and passed it out of the House Judiciary Committee.

Governor Branstad appointed Chuck as Vice-Chair of the Iowa Board of Parole in 1997, where he served for a year and a half.

Chuck was President of the Iowa Family Policy Center (IFPC) from 1998-2010, and is now Vice-President and Chief Counsel of its successor, The FAMiLY LEADER.

Chuck and his wife, Chris, were married in 1982, and do marriage mentoring. They have been both foster and adoptive parents to several special needs children, and are now the parents of ten children, ages 10 to 35 years, and foster parents to several children. He has special passions to share the gospel, make disciples, and to restore culturally the Biblical truth that “children are a blessing (Ps. 127).”

Chuck is an elder and teacher in the Church of Christ. His hobbies include family fun (especially Ultimate Frisbee), cutting and splitting firewood, and reading.

GREG BAKER
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF CHURCH AMBASSADOR NETWORK
Greg grew up in Earlham, Iowa, and is a 2009 graduate of the University of Iowa. His inspiration to make a difference in government began...
GREG BAKER
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF CHURCH AMBASSADOR NETWORK

Greg grew up in Earlham, Iowa, and is a 2009 graduate of the University of Iowa. His inspiration to make a difference in government began in his high school years. His passion stemmed from the strategy necessary to pass legislation and to win elections.

But Greg’s pursuits in government were transformed by his acceptance of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in April 2010. His focus took a sharp turn from self and political party to becoming an ambassador of Christ in the halls of government. Greg’s spiritual journey and maturation meshed with The FAMiLY LEADER’s needs in July of 2011.

Greg is charged with developing a dynamic network of churches and believers throughout Iowa to engage government in a manner modeled out in Scriptures, rather than partisan politics.

Greg and his wife, Ashley, were married June 2012 and reside in Des Moines.

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NICK BAL
Vice President of Advancement
Nick Bal lives in Ames, Iowa, with his wife, Carol, and daughters, Ava and Amelia. Bal graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelors of Arts...
NICK BAL
Vice President of Advancement

Nick Bal lives in Ames, Iowa, with his wife, Carol, and daughters, Ava and Amelia. Bal graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communication and a Masters in Public Administration from Drake. Bal enjoys playing tennis and being involved at his church, Crossroad Baptist in Ames.

Bal is the owner of Slingshot Consultant Company, and prior to his work with TFL was the director of donor ministries at The Gospel Coalition, director of development for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State, associate pastor at Willow Creek Baptist Church, campus missionary for the Great Commission Ministry, assistant director of annual funds at Drake, and assistant director of alumni and parent programs at Drake.

Bal appreciated the work of TFL when it was known as the Iowa Family Policy Center, but it wasn’t until a few years ago he had the opportunity to visit the TFL offices and meet with Bob Vander Plaats. Bal says he was “truly able to see the vision,” so when the opening for a position in advancement arose, he contacted Bob to see if he would be a right fit for their team.

Bal is passionate about joining TFL and the work it’s doing, saying, “I wake up every day and get excited about going in. The culture brings me joy, and opening every morning in prayer plays a major role in that.”

Bal also likes that TFL’s advocacy of the sanctity of life and families may actually lead to people’s lives being saved: “What we’re working on blesses people, and there’s people who don’t realize that they’ve been blessed by The FAMiLY LEADER.”

Favorite Bible verse: 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 – “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’”

DUANE NORDQUIST
ADVANCEMENT SPECIALIST
Duane Nordquist of Panora, Iowa, graduated from Buena Vista with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology. Nordquist has six children and...
DUANE NORDQUIST
ADVANCEMENT SPECIALIST

Duane Nordquist of Panora, Iowa, graduated from Buena Vista with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology. Nordquist has six children and four grandchildren and has been married to his wife, Eileen, for 22 years. In his free time, he enjoys going to church, spending time with family, hunting, golfing, and competing in triathlons.

Before TFL, Nordquist worked in sales for 43 years. But in 2011, Nordquist was invited to a pro-life rally where he was introduced to Chuck Hurley and Bob Vander Plaats. After the rally, he was invited to a meeting in Winterset where Bob presented on TFL. Nordquist felt drawn to TFL’s mission. In August of 2017 the Lord had him start praying that a ministry like TFL be in all 50 states. Little did he know TFL was launching The Daniel Initiative to accomplish just that!

Bob invited Nordquist to a staff meeting in June of 2018, and Nordquist knew then that he was supposed to be at TFL. Nordquist started working part-time in January 2019 as part of the advancement team, raising support for TFL’s mission.

At 64, Nordquist is excited to go to work. He’s passionate about TFL’s vision. Nordquist enjoys that TFL starts every day by praying together.

“I love being part of the team with all the different, godly associates,” Nordquist says. “And I’m excited to be used by God to further His kingdom.”

Favorite Bible verse: John 14:12 – “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

ASHLEY BAKER
EVENT COORDINATOR & EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Ashley Baker graduated from Drake University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in political science and history. In 2008 a friend of Ashley's at Drake...
ASHLEY BAKER
EVENT COORDINATOR & EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Ashley Baker graduated from Drake University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history.

In 2008 a friend of Ashley’s at Drake shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with her, and, according to Ashley, “I was able to really see the love of God for the first time. I accepted Christ that fall and have been following Him ever since.”

Since graduating from Drake, Ashley has planned events as a private contractor for candidates, political parties, schools, and others. She’s now a vital part of coordinating The FAMiLY LEADER’s events.

Ashley has been a member of Walnut Creek Church since 2008 and married to Greg Baker since 2012.

DENISE BUBECK
DEPUTY DIRECTOR
In her role with The FAMiLY Leader, Denise Bubeck provides for pastors and clergy to engage with elected officials at the state and federal level....
DENISE BUBECK
DEPUTY DIRECTOR

In her role with The FAMiLY Leader, Denise Bubeck provides for pastors and clergy to engage with elected officials at the state and federal level. Her career is marked by devoted volunteerism at numerous other organizations including the local food pantry, an advisory board member for Iowans Supporting Israel, refugee organizations, and her church. As a recent cancer survivor, through a local non-profit organization, Denise passionately partners with cancer patients on their journey. Denise is a Christian delegate to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and is currently serving on the AIPAC National Council.

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DREW ZAHN
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Drew Zahn grew up in northeastern Iowa, a Mississippi “River Rat” from McGregor. Later he would serve as solo pastor of two Evangelical Free churches...
DREW ZAHN
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Drew Zahn grew up in northeastern Iowa, a Mississippi “River Rat” from McGregor. Later he would serve as solo pastor of two Evangelical Free churches in the rural cornfields of northern Iowa and as youth pastor of a Baptist church in central Iowa. His guest preaching has taken him all over the state.

A graduate of Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, Drew has also been an assistant editor with Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal and news editor for WorldNetDaily. He has a passion for the movies, and in addition to covering red-carpet events in Hollywood for WorldNetDaily, his column on examining the worldview of popular films was published at WND.com for years.

Drew married a pastor’s daughter in 1992, and together, he and Debi have 16 children and are now officially grandparents!

In his free time – were he to find any – Drew enjoys writing fiction, directing theater productions, sitting peacefully by swiftly running water, and engaging in any sport that enables him to hit, throw, chase after, or watch a ball in play. Except for soccer. Anything but soccer.

DANNY CARROLL
FAMILY ADVOCATE
Danny has been married for 38 years to Joy. They have three grown children who all live in Ankeny with their families. Danny worked as...
DANNY CARROLL
FAMILY ADVOCATE

Danny has been married for 38 years to Joy. They have three grown children who all live in Ankeny with their families. Danny worked as Director of Community Relations for Iowa Telecom in Newton from 1999 through 2009 when the company was sold to Windstream Communications. His family owned and operated a small family business near Grinnell known as Carroll’s Pumpkin Farm from 1991 through 2011. Danny and his wife have been active members of the Grinnell Christian Church since returning to Iowa in 1975.

He was elected to the Poweshiek County Board of Supervisors in 1984 and re-elected in 1988 and 1992. It was here he learned some of his most valuable lessons about government at the local level. He served six terms in the Iowa House of Representatives as Assistant Majority Leader from 1996 through 2002 and then as Speaker Pro Tem through 2006.

Danny and Joy work together in property management and Danny represents THE FAMiLY LEADER as an advocate at the Iowa Legislature.

DANIEL SUNNE
POLICY LIAISON
A native Iowan, Daniel grew up in Backbone State Park in Northeast Iowa. His fascination with government led him to study politics at Hillsdale College...
DANIEL SUNNE
POLICY LIAISON

A native Iowan, Daniel grew up in Backbone State Park in Northeast Iowa. His fascination with government led him to study politics at Hillsdale College in Michigan and intern for Sen. Chuck Grassley in Washington, D.C. After graduation, Daniel returned to Iowa to work as political director for Congressman Rod Blum’s successful reelection campaign in 2016. He is excited to work at the intersection of two of his passions, Christian faith and politics, recognizing their separate functions and their unique relationship.

Daniel attends Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in West Des Moines, plays frisbee as often as he can, and is currently reading several books.

LEO LAZARINI
REGIONAL COORDINATOR
COMMUNITY OUTREACH DIRECTOR
Leonardo, also known around the office as “Leo,” is originally from São Paulo, Brazil. Lazarini made the move to America in 2010, where he pursued...
LEO LAZARINI
REGIONAL COORDINATOR
COMMUNITY OUTREACH DIRECTOR

Leonardo, also known around the office as “Leo,” is originally from São Paulo, Brazil. Lazarini made the move to America in 2010, where he pursued his love for soccer at Roosevelt High School. Later, he continued to play soccer at AIB and graduated with a degree in Business and Administration. He married his wife, Deborah, in 2015, and they live in Des Moines.

In addition to playing soccer and spending time with Deborah, Lazarini enjoys quality time with his community group from Walnut Creek Church and having grill-outs (he is also a big fan of cookies!).

After going back to Brazil from 2016-2018, Lazarini returned to the U.S. and is currently attending Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa, where he plans to graduate in 2022.

“I want my life to be all about making disciples,” Lazarini says.

After connecting with TFL’s Greg Baker through church, Lazarini helped with TFL’s Honoring God 2018 campaign and now works as a regional coordinator and community outreach specialist for TFL’s Church Ambassador Network.

“I’ve been able to understand how government was instituted by God to be a blessing to people and how the Church should be a part in that,” Lazarini says. “I’m excited help pastors rediscover God’s vision for church and government.”

Favorite Bible verse: 1 Timothy 4:12 – “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

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TERRY POLLARD
REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Terry Pollard graduated from Kansas Christian College in Overland Park, Kansas, in 1980 with a B.A. in Religion and has continued his graduate studies at...
TERRY POLLARD
REGIONAL COORDINATOR

Terry Pollard graduated from Kansas Christian College in Overland Park, Kansas, in 1980 with a B.A. in Religion and has continued his graduate studies at Nazarene Theological Seminary and Moody Theological Seminary. He is currently completing studies at Saint Paul School of Theology.

He has served for over 39 years in varied full-time Christian ministry responsibilities as a senior pastor, Bible college associate professor, denominational editor-in-chief, denominational magazine editor, free-lance writer, Sunday school curriculum editor and writer and Christian school administrator. He is also a published writer and author of two books entitled “24/7 Living: Hard Truths from James” and “Getting It Right: The Ten Commandments for Today’s World.”

Terry has served as a pastor since 2005 in the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church in Schaller, Alta, and New Sharon, and currently serves as part-time pastor at First United Methodist Church in Colfax, Iowa.

Prior to coming to Iowa, he also pastored in several denominations, having served multi-staff churches in Washington, Louisiana, Alabama, and Missouri. He has also trained pastors, teachers, school administrators, and community leaders nationally and internationally, as well as mentored pastors along with church revitalization coaching and consultation.

He and his wife, Diana, live in Des Moines and are the joyful parents of five married children who have blessed them with 16 grandchildren. Terry enjoys officiating high school and college basketball and is an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals!

“I’m serving with the Church Ambassador Network and TFL because I believe, as pastors and leaders, we are called to engage the shepherds of God’s Church with the shepherds of God’s government,” Terry says. “I’m blessed to be called at this season of my ministry to TFL to help engage the Church in the marketplace of the world and seek to be a difference maker and world changer.”

Favorite Bible verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths” – Proverbs 3:5-6.

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DAVID BARNETT
DIRECTOR OF DATABASE MANAGEMENT
David is originally from Creston, Iowa, and now lives in Kansas City, Missouri. David and his wife, Leah, have one daughter, Ellie. David graduated from...
DAVID BARNETT
DIRECTOR OF DATABASE MANAGEMENT

David is originally from Creston, Iowa, and now lives in Kansas City, Missouri. David and his wife, Leah, have one daughter, Ellie. David graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary with a degree in pastoral ministry and double emphasis in Greek and counseling. He also obtained his master of arts degree in biblical studies at Faith Baptist. Recently, David went back to school and received his master’s in business administration at the University of Iowa.

David always wanted to be involved in ministry, which is why he attended Faith Baptist. But, as he notes, “I wasn’t called into the traditional ministry.” This is why working at The FAMiLY LEADER was a good balance and the perfect non-traditional ministry for him.

Before working at The FAMiLY LEADER, David owned a remodeling company. During the slow winter months, he started volunteering at the Iowa Capitol with Chuck Hurley. Dave appreciated the mission and realized the impact TFL was making at the Capitol.

“It’s a good team to work with,” David comments on working at The FAMiLY LEADER. “It’s exciting seeing the mission being accomplished in alignment with biblical principles.”

Favorite Bible passage:

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.” – Psalms 1

GLEN CORNELL
MULTI-MEDIA DIRECTOR
"Serving the Lord and working in a Godly environment is an amazing blessing, especially when families - like my own, are enriched and strengthened," says...
GLEN CORNELL
MULTI-MEDIA DIRECTOR

“Serving the Lord and working in a Godly environment is an amazing blessing, especially when families – like my own, are enriched and strengthened,” says Glen Cornell. “My wife, Jill, and I cherish our twin girls, Nora and Lily.”

Glen graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Creative Media Arts, and he also studied performance and composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Glen was Assistant Director and Graphic Artist at KCCI-TV and then worked at Wells Fargo’s Global Market Department. Glen has also served as Graphic Artist and Program Coordinator at Walnut Creek Community Church and currently play keyboards in the praise & worship band for multiple services every Sunday.

KATIE LAFOLLETTE
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Katie LaFollette, a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center, lives in West Des Moines with her husband, Tyler. Katie enjoys kayaking, spending time with her...
KATIE LAFOLLETTE
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Katie LaFollette, a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center, lives in West Des Moines with her husband, Tyler.

Katie enjoys kayaking, spending time with her friends and family, and being involved in activities at Cornerstone Family Church.

Prior to TFL, Katie worked for a real estate brokerage as an administrative assistant and then got involved in real estate abstracting from 2015-2018. Yet she knew she wanted to be more involved in ministry.

Shortly after a conference at which she was assured God would help her through a difficult job transition, Katie was let go from her position, only to have her mother discover an email that TFL was hiring. Katie started at TFL in January 2019 and now feels she is where she is called to be.

“I love the atmosphere; it’s very peaceful,” Katie says. “It’s like no other job. I love coming to work and praying with other believers and talking about God and the kingdom.”

Favorite Bible verse: Psalms 55:22 – “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.”

KATHY VAN SOELEN
IF 7:14 PRAYER AMBASSADOR
REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Kathy Van Soelen lives in Waukee, Iowa, with her husband, Greg. Together, they have four children and two grandchildren. Prior to working at The FAMiLY...
KATHY VAN SOELEN
IF 7:14 PRAYER AMBASSADOR
REGIONAL COORDINATOR

Kathy Van Soelen lives in Waukee, Iowa, with her husband, Greg. Together, they have four children and two grandchildren.

Prior to working at The FAMiLY LEADER, Kathy graduated from Dordt College with a degree in biology, was a stay-at-home mom, a substitute teacher in California, and a teacher’s associate and substitute teacher at Des Moines Christian school. When she and her family moved from California back to Iowa, she connected with Darla Vander Plaats. The two had similar thoughts about prayer and revival. When the If 7:14 ministry launched, Darla encouraged Kathy to join her. Kathy has been the prayer ambassador for the If 7:14 ministry at The FAMiLY LEADER since 2015.

“I enjoy the passion for the work in God’s Kingdom” Kathy notes. “Everyone at TFL is passionate about truth and righteousness. They’re servant-hearted people, and we all share that same passion.”

Favorite Bible Verse: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:3-6

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