The Church State Council has become a regional affiliate of the North American Religious Liberty Association, a membership organization dedicated to preserving religious freedom for all peaceful people of faith both nationally and internationally. We work together to educate, inspire and mobilize clergy and individuals at the grassroots level. To this end, we maintain a speaker’s bureau of articulate and inspiring professionals.
If you would like to plan a program in your church or community, please don’t hesitate to call on us, and we will provide you with a suitable speaker. Although we primarily serve a five state southwestern region, including Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah, speakers are also available to serve outside this region.
Would you like to schedule a Religious Liberty speaker for your church for a special weekend or Sabbath? Choose from our Speaker's Bureau list below and call the Church State Council office to schedule an appointment: (916) 446-2552.
Alan J. Reinach, Esq. serves as the Director of the Church State Council and President of the North American Religious Liberty Association - West. He is an attorney and a Seventh-day Adventist minister. A graduate of the State University of New York, in New Paltz, with special honors in history, in 1984, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Law, in 1987. Reinach represents employees who have suffered religious discrimination, and has filed briefs in religious liberty cases in state and Federal courts, and in the California and United States Supreme Court.
Ed Fargusson holds a Master of Divinity from Andrews University and a B.A. in theology from Pacific Union College. He began working for the Northern California Conference in 1981 as an intern in Hayward, Calif. After completing his degree at Andrews University in Michigan, he worked in evangelism in Chicago and Sacramento. He has served as pastor in the Alturas/Surprise Valley District, Alameda, Tracy and most recently Roseville. While serving in Alameda, Fargusson worked with lay people to establish the East Bay Chinese church and the San Leandro Fil/Am church. In 2001, Fargusson became the Assistant to the President of Northern California Conference. On Dec. 1, the Department of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty formally welcomed Ed Fargusson as its newest member, serving as Associate Director and Legislative Affairs Director for the Church State Council.
Fred Bischoff has been studying the relation of Adventist history to Bible prophecy since the late 1980s. He is a preventive medicine physician on the faculty of Loma Linda University, and a staff physician with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Most of his time since 2004 has been spent working with several non-profit organizations, including one in partnership with the Ellen G. White Estate to produce a CD-ROM collection of early SDA writings. His Bible study groups are currently studying Daniel and Revelation. He enjoys exploring and explaining "the simplicity that is in Christ" in relation to history and prophecy, particularly in relation to the Adventist mission. One of his favorite topics is the faith of Jesus.
Fabian Carballo is a Public high school English and U.S. History teacher and Soccer Coach. When he is not reading or attending to local political business, Fabian loves to play Soccer recreationally and competitively. He attends the Inland Spanish Church in Colton where he is an ordained elder and has served as director of Education, Sabbath School, AY, and Religious Liberty. Fabian has conducted numerous week-long evangelistic seminars in places like New Jersey, Houston, Chicago, Tijuana, and Los Angeles. Fabian is a passionate fighter for religious freedom and intends on being part of the movement that will not only emphasize liberty in the public square, but a revived spirituality in the free market of ideas.
Norman C. Farley is a retired Seventh-day Adventist pastor. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine in Portland, ME, Atlantic Union College in So. Lancaster, MA, Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI, and received a doctoral degree from the California Graduate School of Theology in Glendale, CA. His interest in Religious Liberty and Freedom of Conscience dates back to his Business/Pre-Law education at the University of Maine. Norman is listed in Who’s Who in California, Who’s Who in Religion, The Dictionary of International Biography and Community Leaders in America and The International Book of Honor. He is particularly interested in the Constitution including the Bill of Rights and its formation based on John Locke’s concept of “Natural Rights”. He is graciously providing access to his studies on how The Conservative and Progressive parties both contribute to the current losses of civil freedoms and the financial dilemma, entitled Facing Three Great Divides, Part 1 & 2 below. He would appreciate your feedback.
Michael D. Macomber is an attorney with a solo practice in Sonora, California. He is a graduate of La Sierra University with honors, in speech communication/journalism in 1979, and Willamette University College of Law in 1982. Macomber is a civil litigation and trial attorney, representing parties in both State and Federal court, and has written and argued briefs in the California District Courts of Appeal and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Nicholas Miller is Associate Professor of Church History at the Seventh-day Adventist Seminary and Director of the Andrews University International Institute of Religious Liberty. He is also an attorney with a background in theology and church history. He has worked as a trial attorney for the government, as an advocate for religious freedom on Capitol Hill, and as a litigator for religious colleges, hospitals and churches. Mr. Miller has appeared before the Supreme Court in cases relating to religious freedom, as well as before many other state and federal courts. He is presently completing his Ph.D dissertation in American legal and religious history from the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Berrien Springs, Michigan with his wife, Leanne, a practicing physician, and his children, Patrick (12) and Kelli (10).
Marvin Moore, editor of Signs of the Times magazine, conducts seminars on Hope for the End Time. He is a Seventh-day Adventist minister, the prolific author of many books, and a gifted speaker. For more information on his seminars, see his website, http://www.hopeseminars.org
Mario Negrete is a 1999 graduate of La Sierra University, with a degree in History and Political Science. He teaches at West Covina Hills Adventist Elementary School. His passion is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the prophecy of His Second Coming through his involvement in Pathfinders, through Adventist education and by participating in the NARLA West Los Angeles Hispanic Team, the first and only religious liberty organization promoting freedom of conscience within the Latino community.
Jerry Nelson has been pastoring churches in Central and Northern California Conferences since he graduated from Andrews Theological Seminary in 1990. For the past seven years he has pastored the Arroyo Grande Seventh-day Adventist Church. Jerry served as the Associate Pastor at the Roseville church from 1992-1996. Jerry is a charter member of the North American Religious Liberty Association-West, and serves on the NARLA-West board and is committed to educating and activating church members in religious liberty issues.
Hector Polo, Jr. was born and raised in the Adventist movement. He grew up in South Gate, California and attended the infamous Poly High School in Long Beach where he played baseball alongside Milton Bradley who now plays for the Chicago Cubs. Hector has coached soccer at the High School Varsity level and is currently the director of an after church recreational league known as, United Adventist Recreational Sports (U.A.R.S). On the spiritual side, he is an Elder at the Carson Spanish Seventh Day Adventist church and is the promoter for the NARLA-West Los Angeles Chapter.
Hector Polo was born in the country of the eternal spring, Guatemala, and is a proud father of five. He is a graduate of Long Beach City College where he played college soccer. Polo serves as an Inspector for the Environmental Protection Agency. When he is not at work or managing a youth soccer team, Polo is actively involved in the Religious Liberty Ministry at the Carson Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church. Polo is a founding member and officer in the first NARLA local team to be formed in the U.S., the NARLA West Los Angeles Hispanic Team. He is dedicated to the active promotion of freedom of conscience to the youth, and in churches.
Daniel Rodela currently serves as an executive committee member for the NAD and aspires to be a Constitutional/Immigration Law Attorney. He grew up as a Roman Catholic the first decade of his life in Wilmington, California but became a Protestant in 1992 when he baptized into the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He is happily married to Sonia Rodela and has three beautiful daughters: Abigail, Sophia, and Emilia Rodela. He is currently an ordained elder at the Carson Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church and has a passion for Religious Liberty and getting youth involved. Daniel is also president of the first Hispanic Chapter for the North American Religious Liberty Association and is actively involved in serving the Hispanic community.
Dr. Norman G. Knight is an ordained minister who has served as a Pastor in the Pacific and Lake Union Conferences of Seventh-day Adventists for over 23 years. As an administrator for the University of California Office of the President, he has lectured to over 450,000 students, parents, faculty, and administrators concerning “Access to Higher Education” as well as conducting “Marriage Encounter” seminars worldwide. Dr. Knight, who is currently the Outreach Chaplain for Pacific Union College and an Adjunct Professor of homiletics for the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, is also a member of the Academy of Homiletics and the African American Guild of Master Preachers.
A. Jeanice Warden-Washington
A. Jeanice Warden-Washington is a product of Christian education. She attended Glendale Adventist Academy, in Glendale, CA, where she graduated as “Miss Glendale,” with Highest Honors. Jeanice holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a Minor in Music from Oakwood University, in Huntsville, AL, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Jeanice also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Government/Political Science, with an emphasis in American, California State and Local Politics from the California State University, Sacramento.Jeanice serves as the Principal Consultant to the California State Assembly Committee on Higher Education.
Ms. Warden-Washington is a fifth generation Seventh-day Adventist Christian and truly loves the Lord. She is a member of the North American Religious Liberty Association (NARLA) West Board. Jeanice is an active member of the Sacramento – Capitol City SDA Church, in Sacramento, CA. She is the Religious Liberty Director and Minister of Music, as well as a member of the Capitol City Chorale and Praise Team. Jeanice is committed to keeping matters of religious liberty before church members; ensuring that they are educated about their rights and not taking their “freedom” for granted.