Center for Christian Civics
Center for Christian Civics
Empowering the church to be lamps on stands across the political spectrum.

How do you love God with all your mind when what's on your mind is politics?

At The Body Politic, a collection of evangelical Christians are working together to try to figure out the answer to that question. Every week, we'll hear from ordinary people who disagree with one another politically but share a love for Christ and a desire to see his kingdom come.

The Body Politic is a publication of the Center for Christian Civics, a non-profit organization founded by two friends in Washington, DC, who brought the same questions to one another from opposite sides of the aisle. If you have any questions or if there are any topics you'd like us to cover, we'd love to hear from you.

Author Bios


Rick Barry (Managing Editor) A veteran of multiple political campaigns, Rick left political work out of disappointment with the available models for Christian political engagement. He is a former writer and editor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and currently oversees communications for the Grace DC church network in Washington, DC.

D. Leiva (Editor) D. Leiva is the editor of The Body Politic. A former staffer for Republican House Leadership, he now works in international development. D. was born into a family with a rich legacy of full-time ministry.

The American Studies Program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities The American Studies Program (ASP) is a semester-long opportunity for faithful college students to connect to the institutions and leaders who are influencing issues in public policy.

Max Everett Max is a native Texan who has lived in Washington, DC, for over 14 years. He is a technology and cyber security professional who has worked on Republican presidential campaigns, political conventions and at the White House. He lives in DC with his wife and two daughters. 


Kathy Johnson Kathy is a politically moderate Midwesterner who now calls DC home and works in the U.S. House of Representatives. She speaks fluent sarcasm (thanks mom!) and most days needs two things to function: grace and coffee.  


Micah Harris Micah grew up on a Texas ranch then moved to Washington, DC, where he studies old books, writes novels, and works as a consultant for the Department of Defense. You can follow him on Twitter or Facebook.


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Ministry to State An organization ministering to people in government in national, state, and international capitals. Their team has traveled and preached extensively throughout  the United States, South Africa, Central Europe, Asia and Haiti. MTS is directed by Rev. Chuck Garriott, author of Obama PrayerWork Excellence, and Rulers: Gospel and Government.

No Labels No Labels is a national movement of Democrats, Republicans and independents dedicated to a new politics of problem solving. Since their launch in 2011, they have pushed through a number of procedural reforms to promote multi-partisan cooperation in the U.S. Congress.

Stephanie Phillips A former New Yorker by way of Alabama who now lives in Atlanta with her husband and their two young sons. She is a pediatric dentist by trade and contributing writer to The Wheelhouse Review and Mockingbird in addition to her own blog, Plans in Pencil. When not writing, fixing teeth, or raising the next generation of men, she enjoys running, cooking, reading, and watching way too much TV and Netflix.


Juliet Vedral Juliet currently serves as the director of ministry operation for Grace Meridian Hill in Washington, DC. She has also served as the Press Secretary for the faith-based social justice activism organization Sojourners and the Director of Outreach and Community Relations for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. She is also the founder and executive editor of The Wheelhouse Review.