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Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys Personal Testimony - October 25, 2019

Jeremy Dys, Esq., is Special Counsel for Litigation and Communications for First Liberty and host of the First Liberty Briefing.

Dys earned his law degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 2005. After law school, Dys clerked for the Hon. Russell M. Clawges, Jr., chief judge of the Circuit Court of Monongalia County in Morgantown, West Virginia. For six years prior to joining First Liberty Institute, Dys led a public policy organization where he led research and advocacy efforts on matters of life, marriage, and religious freedom.

Dys graduated from Taylor University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, degree in Communication Studies, with minors in U.S. History and Philosophy. During his undergraduate career, Dys studied at the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C., where he interned with the late David Orgon Coolidge as part of the Marriage Law Project of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

In support of his clients, Dys has made numerous appearances in local, state, and national television, print, and radio outlets. His written commentaries have been featured at the Wall Street Journal, FoxNews.com, New York Daily News, TheHill.com, Des Moines Register, Dallas Morning News, DailySignal.com, Washington Examiner, Indianapolis Star, Charleston Gazette-Mail, Outcomes Magazine, TheFederalist.com, and others.

Steve Riach

Steve Riach Personal Testimony - September 25, 2019

Steve Riach is an award-winning filmmaker, best-selling author, speaker, and subject matter expert in cultural issues. He is also the founder of a national nonprofit that is transforming the lives of underserved youth.

Steve is the producer, and co-writer, of the soon to be released feature film, ONE HEART, based on a dramatic true Texas story.

As a producer, writer, and director, Steve’s films and television programs have been distributed worldwide, as well as through ESPN, FOX Sports, NBC, and a variety of broadcast, digital platforms, and cable television outlets.

He has produced content around the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series, NBA and NCAA Championships, NASCAR, major golf tournaments and college football Bowl Games; and has worked with legendary sports figures such as Joe Gibbs, Reggie White, Tom Landry, John Wooden and Pete Maravich.

For the past 30 years, he has produced and directed The Bart Starr Award live on the site of the Super Bowl. He was the story producer on the groundbreaking 2018 Amazon Prime series All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines.

As an author, Steve has written 18 books, including the bestseller, Amazing but True Sports Stories.

He is the founder of the One Heart Project, a national nonprofit devoted to providing youthful offenders and underserved youth with the tools, skills and healthy relationships necessary to experience a true second chance in life.

Steve also created Heart of a Champion, a personal development and social and emotional intelligence training system, that has produced dramatic success with Fortune 500 companies, schools, sports teams and other audiences.

The success of these initiatives has led to Steve being honored at the White House and testifying before the United States congress.

From a multi-generational real estate family, he is also a principal in two real estate companies, with a primary focus on retail properties in Texas and California.

A cancer survivor and a former college baseball player at the University of the Pacific, Steve speaks to conference audiences, universities, corporate groups and churches. He and his family reside in Colleyville, Texas.

Lauren Mackenzie Gardner

Lauren Mackenzie Gardner Personal Testimony - July 24, 2019

Lauren Mackenzie Gardner is a 17 year old, who lives in Dallas, Texas. As a person, she abides by the philosophy of fully evolving into who you are and stopping at nothing to pursue your dreams. Lauren lives for art, writing, music, and experiences. She believes that society often creates a facade of negativity around many issues; ultimately creating a community of insensitivity, un-awareness, and isolation.

She wrote The World Is Still Learning with the purpose to hopefully make change in how people view certain topics as well as bring a sense of connection and hope to what many people are going through. She believes that everyone should strive to stretch themselves beyond their own self and try to understand the sides of others different than them.

Lastly, Lauren hopes to shine a light on the rawness of reality and encourage others to speak out and step towards vulnerability within their communities; realizing there is no room for people to feel alone. As the world continues on, Lauren believes it is imperative for us to open our minds and to learn how we can create a world of healing and love for all people.

David Rodriguez

David Rodriguez Personal Testimony - June 26, 2019

Founder of Rodriguez Consulting & Financial , David has had many career passions in his life that he has attained over the past 50 years coming out of high school…. interest in architecture …in high school football coaching….. in being a teacher….in being a mentor / public speaker …and finally…becoming a “business man“.

The one interest he did not have for the first 30 years if his life was a true understanding and relationship with Jesus Christ. Something that he has been catching up with … the last 38 years of his life.

His interest in architecture and the built environment culminated as vice president / director of sustainability for Ware Architecture Studio …providing consulting on high performance sustainable design/high performance energy reduction in addition to a residential design consulting practice and other services. As a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) , he had the privilege of working on various sustainable “ green “ projects such as Klyde Warren Park in Dallas; UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth; Watters Creek mixed use development in Allen, Texas; Blue Cross Blue Shield new corporate headquarters in Richardson, Texas; the conversion of former Radio Shack World Headquarters into classrooms for the new Trinity River Campus of Tarrant County College in Fort Worth; and the Dallas Center for Architecture that housed the former AIA Dallas chapter offices on Woodall Rogers Freeway. He continues to provide sustainable consulting in addition residential planning with an emphasis on the “ Not So Big House “ philosophy.

He has been actively involved in a variety of organizations such as the Dallas American Institute of Architects in various committees , Urban Land Institute North Texas – Building Healthy Places Task Force ; AIA / TEXO Joint Leadership Committee ; Collaborative Facilitator for the North Texas Collaborative of the Living Building Challenge, Chairman Emeritus of the North Texas US Green Building Council ( USGBC ) Chapter and as Program Chairman for the three annual USGBC – North Texas Water Symposiums entitled “ The Business of Water “

David and his “bride“ Patti, a registered nurse, both attend Reunion Church…a non-denominational multi-cultural Christian church he has attend the last 19 years. They married almost four years ago…David having been single 21 years prior to that. Between them…they have 5 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Both attended the University of Texas at Austin…David most recently having served as president of the Dallas Chapter of their university alumni association.

At Reunion Church…David leads a bible study….and is involved in one on one discipling of men who have ask to be discipled to a stronger relationship..and better understanding the love Jesus Christ has for us and the eternal salvation that comes from belief in him as our Lord and Savior.

He is also privileged to be the ENGAGE monthly prayer ministry coordinator for DREM…..that meets corporately to pray over the many prayer request it receives . A volunteer position he has had for the past 9 years and where he has grown in faith, trust and love in the many wonderful friendships made from the people who attend DREM Prayer.

Joe Berry

Joe Berry Personal Testimony - April 24, 2019

Joe Berry started Pintail Partners in 2015 after working with Venture Commercial and EDGE Realty Partners in Dallas where he specialized in tenant representation and project leasing. Pintail’s primary focus is the acquisition of underutilized retail properties across DFW.

Prior to starting his career in real estate, Joe worked for Young Life for five years in Richardson, TX, leading a team of young adult volunteers to share the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ with unchurched teenagers. He has a passion for seeing men and women become whole-hearted and free in Christ and spends regular time discipling younger men. Joe and his wife Melanie, along with their four young daughters, are on the launch team for Mosaic Church; a new church plant in Richardson.

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