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Alan J. Reinach, Esq.  is a civil rights lawyer and Seventh-day Adventist minister who has served as President of the Church State Council, the education, advocacy and legal services ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the western United States, since 1994.

Reinach directs the education and advocacy programs of the Church State Council, primarily focused on the preservation of religious freedom for all peaceful people of faith, as well as preserving the separation of church and state.

Reinach also directs the legal services ministry of the Church State Council offering legal assistance to persons of all faiths complaining of religious discrimination in the workplace. His most notable achievement has been obtaining a 9-0 ruling from the Supreme Court in Groff v DeJoy, establishing vigorous protection for those needing religious accommodation in the workplace.

Reinach is a recognized leader in the legal community on issues of religion and the law and serves as co chair of the American Bar Association’s Religious Freedom committee, part of the ABA’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Section. He has also served for many years on the legislative committee of the California Employment Lawyers Association, working to advance workers’ rights. 

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.


Dennis Seaton serves as Director of Government Relations. He is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister who formerly served in church administration as Vice President of Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists handling pastoral placement and human resources.



William Davis is Associate Director of the Church State Council. He is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister, and an advocate for persons with disabilities. Pastor Davis is bilingual and bicultural, and assists Spanish speaking persons seeking the Council’s assistance.

Loritha McDuffie
Adminisrative Assistant

Natalie Eva
Legislative Assistant