Erik W. Stanley
Erik W. Stanley, Esq., serves with Alliance Defending Freedom as senior counsel and director of the Center for Christian Ministries. He oversees all litigation efforts to maintain the autonomy of the church and to ensure its freedoms are protected under the First Amendment.
Since joining ADF in 2007, Stanley has focused on religious liberty and constitutional law. During the election year of 2008, he received extensive media coverage as spokesperson for the Alliance Defending Freedom Pulpit Initiative, which challenges the Johnson Amendment, a federal law that restricts pastors and churches from speaking about church teaching in relation to political candidates for office. Under Stanley’s leadership, Pulpit Freedom Sunday, the primary event related to the Pulpit Initiative, has grown to include thousands of pastors throughout the nation.
Stanley received his Masters of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2013. He earned his J.D. in 1999 from Temple University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude in the top five percent of his class. He is a member of the bar in Florida, Kansas, Arizona, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court, and numerous federal district and appellate courts.