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Our Leadership Team

Michael P. Farris

President, CEO, and General Counsel |

Michael P. Farris is president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom. He brings to the role wide recognition for his successful work on both the national and international stage.

Alan Sears

Founder |

Alan Sears serves as founder of Alliance Defending Freedom, building on his experience as longtime leader of the organization to strengthen alliances, forge new relationships, and develop ADF resources.


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Founders

Alliance Defending Freedom was created by a group of visionary Christian leaders with a mission to reverse the growing threat to religious freedom. The great work of our founders continues through our allies and attorneys worldwide.

Biography
Ruth Ross
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Ruth Ross is the Chair and former Deputy Executive Director of Advocates International (AI), which has helped to build over 100 national Christian lawyer organizations and has formally linked 156 nations. Prior to this, she spent more than a decade as the Executive Director of Christian Legal Fellowship of Canada (CLF), the largest member association of Christian legal professionals in Canada with nearly 700 active members from several dozen Christian denominations.

Now a board member for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Ruth has served ADF on the Global Advisory Council and participated as both a speaker and attendee at ADF Academies. In addition, she serves on several Canadian Boards including the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

She completed her B.A. and LL.B. from Dalhousie University and has over 20 years of legal experience.  She has practiced law in four provinces of Canada and is currently a member of the Ontario Bar.  She was admitted to the Law Societies of New Brunswick (1975), Nova Scotia (1979), British Columbia (1983), and Ontario (1985).

Ruth and her husband Pat reside in London, Ontario. They enjoy a vibrant family life and together are blessed with five adult children (two of whom serve in the legal profession) and five grandchildren.


Board of Directors

Our Board brings skill and diversity to the work of Alliance Defending Freedom. These faithful leaders serve on a volunteer basis.

Biography
Ruth Ross
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Ruth Ross is the Chair and former Deputy Executive Director of Advocates International (AI), which has helped to build over 100 national Christian lawyer organizations and has formally linked 156 nations. Prior to this, she spent more than a decade as the Executive Director of Christian Legal Fellowship of Canada (CLF), the largest member association of Christian legal professionals in Canada with nearly 700 active members from several dozen Christian denominations.

Now a board member for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Ruth has served ADF on the Global Advisory Council and participated as both a speaker and attendee at ADF Academies. In addition, she serves on several Canadian Boards including the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

She completed her B.A. and LL.B. from Dalhousie University and has over 20 years of legal experience.  She has practiced law in four provinces of Canada and is currently a member of the Ontario Bar.  She was admitted to the Law Societies of New Brunswick (1975), Nova Scotia (1979), British Columbia (1983), and Ontario (1985).

Ruth and her husband Pat reside in London, Ontario. They enjoy a vibrant family life and together are blessed with five adult children (two of whom serve in the legal profession) and five grandchildren.


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