Our team of issue experts, comprised of some of the country’s most knowledgeable family advocates, provides a timely, critical analysis of the most important cultural and policy issues of the day.
Our spokespeople are readily available to the media for interviews by contacting our public relations team. Skype and satellite uplink interviews are available thanks to our in-house studios.
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President and CEO
Tom has led CitizenLink since its inception as Focus on the Family Action in 2004. He joined Focus on the Family in 1987 and served as Senior Vice President for Government and Public Policy from 1988-2013. He is a steady voice articulating the conservative Christian viewpoint on family, marriage and religious civil liberties issues. His views and influence have helped to shape public policy at both the national and state levels.
Minnery and his staff track federal policy in bioethics issues from abortion to euthanasia; sexual abstinence education; pornography and obscenity; education; marriage; religious civil liberties; homosexuality; and gambling. The expert commentary they provide helps mobilize informed grassroots participation of Christians in the political process. This is accomplished mainly by providing family advocates with trusted news and information on pressing social issues through Focus’ Citizen magazine, CitizenLink daily e-mail, Family News in Focus radio broadcast, as well as a variety of online videos ranging from the humorous Stoplight commentaries to in-depth analysis and the Turn Signal news videos. Minnery himself regularly appears in the weekly “Focus Action Update” webcast.
Minnery also oversees the network of 38 state-level family policy councils (FPCs) that often serve as the front lines for the organization of grassroots participation. These FPCs are increasingly helping to affect the tone of national policy, including playing a major role in passing the 31 marriage amendments that have garnered media attention across the U.S.
Like the team he leads, Minnery is one of the first people journalists call when seeking a voice to articulate the conservative Christian viewpoint. He has been featured on countless media programs and print outlets, including CNN, Fox News, all network news programs, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek.
Minnery also serves as a member of the board of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a national organization devoted to the legal strategy, training and funding of court cases involving pro-life, religious freedom and family-values issues.
Prior to coming to Focus on the Family and CitizenLink, Minnery was senior editor at Christianity Today magazine in the Chicago area. He also worked as a Capitol Hill correspondent and was a manager in the Washington bureau of Gannett Newspapers. Minnery has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Ohio University and Master of Arts in religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of the book Why You Can’t Stay Silent, published by Tyndale House (2002).
Senior Director of Media
Stuart Shepard is senior director of media for CitizenLink. He’s co-host of the CitizenLink radio broadcast, which is heard on more than 500 stations nationwide. He oversees the team that runs the radio program, the CitizenLink website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and e-mail Daily Update. He’s perhaps best known as host of the Stoplight® video commentaries. Stoplight® has collected millions of views and drawn the attention of CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Keith Olbermann declared Shepard the “Worst Person in the World.” Bill O’Reilly named him a “Patriot.”
Earlier, Shepard served as managing editor of the CitizenLink.com for a couple years, and before that he was associate producer of Family News in Focus for seven.
Prior to coming to Focus in 1999 and then transitioning to CitizenLink, he was the award-winning chief meteorologist at WLEX-TV in Lexington, Ky. He held the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association seals of approval. During his 14 years in the Bluegrass state, he created weekly features on children in the Special Needs Adoption Program, co-hosted the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, and served as weekend minister for a small country church. He’s been twice honored as a “Kentucky Colonel,” once for severe weather coverage and again for his work with children up for adoption.
He’s a graduate and distinguished alumnus of Kentucky Christian University and has served on its board. He’s a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he studied broadcasting. He holds a certificate of broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University.Print