Executive Officers and Staff
Alan J. Reinach is Executive Director of the Church State Council, the religious liberty educational and advocacy arm of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, representing five western states: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. He is a member of the New York and California Bars. His legal practice emphasizes First Amendment religious freedom cases, and religious accommodation cases under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related state civil rights laws. He is in demand as a lecturer on First Amendment and religious discrimination issues.
Reinach is also a Seventh-day Adventist minister who speaks regularly on religious freedom topics, and is the host of a nationally syndicated weekly radio broadcast, Freedom’s Ring, devoted to religious liberty issues. He is the principal author and editor of Politics & Prophecy: the battle for religious liberty and the authentic gospel.
Prior to coming to the Church State Council in 1994, Reinach practiced law in White Plains, New York and in New York City.
Reinach is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Law in 1987, and of the State University of New York at New Paltz, with special honors in history, in 1984.
Eliezer Benavides began pastoral ministry in June of 1951 for the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He has worked as a pastor, evangelist, and ministerial secretary for the Columbia Venezuela Union as well as being director of the Spanish work for the Pacific Union Conference covering the five western States of California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii. He retired after 43 years of service yet continued working as an evangelist and pastor. In January, 2005, Pastor Benavides joined both the Church State Council as Vice President and Pacific Union Conference as Associate Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty. His education background includes a B.A. earned from La Sierra University, Riverside, California and a M.A. from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.