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Bob Vander Plaats

President & CEO
Mike Pompeo


Bob Vander Plaats is President and CEO of The FAMiLY Leader, or TFL. His passionate leadership for the betterment of America’s family has earned TFL the CitizenLink “Family Champion” award, and Bob’s voice for the family is frequently sought by a vast array of media outlets.


As a prominent, Christian leader in the country’s first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, Bob’s insight into presidential politics is often the subject of news media interviews, prompting The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and others to label Bob a “Kingmaker” – while Bob prefers the designation of “standard bearer” for Christ, the family, and biblical values.


Bob is the author of Light from Lucas, a true story of how God uses the weakest among us to have the greatest impact. The book, recently updated after Lucas went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in November 2022, gives a poignant account of Bob’s son, Lucas, who although severely disabled at birth, offers important life-changing lessons.


Bob’s 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.


Even more recently, Bob became an executive producer of the highly acclaimed Nefarious movie, which debuted in theaters on April 14, 2023.


Bob and his wife, Darla, have been married for 40 years and have been blessed with four sons.

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