The FAMiLY Leader is a Christian, non-profit ministry headquartered in Urbandale, Iowa, with an expanding national influence among sister organizations in dozens of U.S. states.

Founded in 1996 as The Iowa Family Policy Center and renamed The FAMiLY Leader in 2010, TFL advocates for Christ-like leadership in the home, church, and government. TFL maintains an active and effective lobbying team at the Iowa Capitol, speaks into issues at the intersection of faith and government, and TFL’s Church Ambassador Network encourages pastors and Christians to engage with government and government leaders in non-partisan, God-honoring ways that bless the wider community.


Bob Vander Plaats’ leadership, insight, and voice are widely requested by national and international media outlets. The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, The Atlantic, and many others have referenced Bob as the “kingmaker” of the Iowa presidential caucuses, while Bob prefers the designation of being a “standard bearer” for biblical values in the public arena.

Bob is author of Light from Lucas, 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.

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 an honored Northwestern College (Iowa) “Distinguished Alumnus” in the area of professional achievement.

Bob and his wife, Darla, recently celebrated 30 years of marriage and are blessed with four sons.


Drew Zahn
Director of Communications, The FAMiLY Leader
P.O. Box 42245
Urbandale, IA 50323
515-263-3495 x109 (desk)
515-835-9645 (cell)