Watchmen On the Wall - FRC

About Watchmen on the Wall

Allow me to introduce you to "Watchmen on the Wall," our ministry to pastors. Why would Family Research Council invest in pastors? After all, FRC is a Washington, DC based non-profit ministry that is focused on shaping public policy and informed civic activism. Good question.

Simply put, we believe that the problems we face in our communities and our nation are not just political and cultural, they are spiritual in nature (Eph. 6:10-13). Consequently, these problems ultimately require a spiritual solution administered by spiritual leadership. That is why we are championing pastors to transform America.

What are we hoping pastors will do? Simply this: 1) Pray for our nation, 2) Preach the whole counsel of God without apology, and 3) Partner with other pastors who will lead their churches to become the salt and light Jesus spoke about and make a positive difference in their communities, state, and our nation.

As you walk out your calling as a pastor, we want to serve you, stand with you, and be an encouragement to you, just as the Bible teaches:

"Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work." - 1 Thess. 5:12-13a.

I sincerely hope you will prayerfully consider joining with Watchmen Pastors all across America as we stand for Faith, Family, and Freedom.

Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council

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The Watchmen on the Wall Team

Dr. Kenyn M. Cureton, Vice President

Dr. Kenyn Cureton has served as Vice President for Church Ministries for Family Research Council since 2006. Under his leadership, FRC's "Watchmen on the Wall" pastors network has grown from 1,800 to nearly 25,000.

Prior to joining FRC, Dr. Cureton was unanimously elected as Vice President for Convention Relations for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). In this position, Dr. Cureton directed media and public relations for the SBC executive committee, performed liaison work with national church and political officials, and was executive editor of SBC Life.

Randy Wilson, National Field Director

Randy Wilson serves as FRC's National Field Director for Church Ministries. He travels the country building relationships with Christian ministers, speaking at regional and local pastoral gatherings and calling them to be Watchmen on the Wall (Isaiah 62:6). Prior to joining FRC, Mr. Wilson worked in the public policy department of Focus on the Family, where he started and developed state Family Policy Councils across the country. He also served the local church as a Family Life pastor. Randy and Lisa Wilson, married for 33 years with seven children, three sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law and eight grandchildren. They are the founders of Generations of Light Ministry, an outreach to families. They have authored three books: Celebrations of Faith: Tying our Children's Heartstrings to the Truth; Daddy's Blessing and The Joshua Basket. They are the founders of "The Father Daughter Purity Ball" which caught the attention of national and international media. Mr. Wilson has had the opportunity to stand and defend the importance of fatherhood in such well-known venues as the Focus on the Family broadcast with Dr. Dobson, Time Magazine, New York Times, O (Oprah) Magazine, Glamour, USA Today, The Economist and Marie Claire as well as "Good Morning America," "Today Show," "Glenn Beck Show," "Dr. Phil," “Cooper 360” and the "Tyra Banks Show," The Wilsons have been the subject of two international documentaries that are aired on national cable channels like HBO, Cinemax, and TLC. His older three daughters published a book, Purely Woman which tells their story of growing up as teens, dating, engagement and marriage. (updated as of 10/21/15)

Rev. Pierre Bynum, FRC Chaplain and National Prayer Director

Rev. Pierre Bynum serves as Chaplain and National Prayer Director for the Family Research Council, working with FRC’s president, Tony Perkins and Vice President for Church Ministries, Dr. Kenyn Cureton, helping to lay and maintain a foundation of biblical prayer, critical to success in FRC’s mission to defend and advance life, faith, family, freedom and righteousness in government.

Pierre oversees FRC's chapel program and speaks to churches and pastors' groups on prayer, Christian citizenship, God and government, and similar themes. As liaison to the growing prayer movement, Pierre produces FRC's weekly prayer team targets; and oversees other prayer publications and activities, including weekly and monthly prayer meetings for leaders, and FRC’s annual Call2Fall, which promotes and facilitates a church-wide response to 2 Chr 7:14 on the Sunday before Independence Day.

Bruce Lau, Southwest & Midwest Field Ambassador

Bruce is passionate about working to help restore our culture to its biblical roots. In 2014 he joined the Family Research Council as a field representative for Church Ministries in the Southwest and parts of the Midwest.  He is involved in building relationships with pastors, encouraging them to preach biblical Truth to their congregations regarding the many controversial issues that are bombarding our culture.  The goal is to have an informed Church that will influence public policy by becoming involved and that will make decisions that are in accordance with the Word of God.  

Bruce spent 40 years working in the business world.  He was a VP of Sales and Marketing in the Food Service Industry for the last 25 years of his career.  In 2005, he and Mary, his wife of 46 years, moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he served for 8 years as Director of Missions and Assistant Director of Men’s Ministry in a PCA church.

The Laus have two daughters and 5 grandchildren and they divide their time between Arizona and Minnesota. 

Pastor Bob Emrich, Northeast Field Ambassador

Pastor Bob Emrich has served as Pastor of Emmanuel Bible Baptist Church in Plymouth, Maine since 1993. During that time, he also worked as an educator and as Chief of Staff in the Maine State Senate. He served as Pastor to help two previous churches recover from division and discouragement to become strong witnesses for the Lord. Bob is the founder of the Maine Jeremiah Project. The Maine Jeremiah Project is a grassroots coalition of Christians and churches with a fourfold mission: to encourage informed prayer, to educate the Church and the people of Maine about Biblical principles and historical precedent in their state and our nation, to equip Christian people to influence public policy and to enlist them for appropriate citizen action to influence public policy. Bob was the 2007 recipient of FRC's "Watchman of the Year" award, and led the effort to overturn Maine's same-sex marriage law in 2009.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a Watchman Pastor?
A.We get the name from Isaiah 62:6: " I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest." We believe that a Watchman Pastor is called to do the following:
  • Watch what is going on in the culture.
  • Pray for the wisdom to engage biblically, courageously, and winsomely.
  • Sound the Alarm from the pulpit.
  • Take a bold stand with others to defend and advance faith, family, and freedom.
Q. How do I become a "Watchman Pastor?"
A. Click on Join the Fight, provide your info, and we will begin to encourage and equip you. If you want to go to the next level, make the commitment to Pray, Preach, and Partner, which involves starting a Watchmen Pastors network of at least three others. Click on Count Me In, and we will give you access to the Watchmen Insider and all those resources.
 
Q. How do I go about finding pastors to start a network?
A. Start where Jesus started: Pray. Luke tells us that He spent the whole night in prayer before He picked His apostles (6:12 -16). The Lord will guide you. Invite the ones that the Lord leads you to for a meeting, pray together, use the resources we provide you, develop ways to impact your community, and work together to transform it in Jesus name.
 
Q. Should we network with pastors of our own denomination/fellowship or should we try to connect with others?
A. Do both. We realize that getting pastors to build "bridges" with other pastors from different traditions and denominations can be quite difficult, but most Bible-believing pastors would agree that the Church of Jesus Christ is in dire need of revival and that America needs a radical turning toward God. There is too much common ground and too great a need not to link arms together.
 
Q. Is this one of those "ecumenical" efforts designed to get pastors to drop their doctrinal and denominational distinctives?
A. No. Pastor Alec Rowlands, who founded Sound the Alarm in Washington state after attending the first Watchmen on the Wall briefing, has nearly 1,500 pastors in his network, representing a wide range of denominational and non-denominational churches. While they are one in their mission to pray and join together for united action, the pastors relate to one another without compromising the identity, vision or mission of their various and diverse individual churches.
 
Q. Are you asking pastors to submit to another pastor's spiritual authority in these networks?
A. No. What we are asking is that pastors enter into a relationship with fellow pastors for concerted prayer mutual-encouragement, and unity of purpose in bringing godly influence to public policy and government. The initiating pastor often has the benefit of experiencing a Watchmen Briefing and has something to impart to those who have not attended.
 
Q. Is the host pastor automatically going to become the spokesmen for the pastors (and by extension, their churches) in the network?
A. No. As Pastor Bob Emrich, who founded the Maine Jeremiah Project, states to pastors in Maine: "We are not trying to be your voice, we only want to help you develop your own voice."
 
Q. Will these networks of pastors be under the direction of FRC and carry the name of FRC?
A. No. FRC sees its role to come along side of local pastors and serve them. We are here to affirm our nation's need for its spiritual leaders, encourage those spiritual leaders and equip them with the best information available on the key issues of our day. We want to help, but we are not called to equip the saints for the work of the ministry -- the spiritual leaders are called to that role.
 
Q. What about the "Separation of Church and State?"
A. This is a misleading argument repeatedly trumpeted by secularists who denounce biblical morality and truth. As you probably know this often repeated mantra appears no where in our founding documents or governing documents. However, let us be clear, no one, especially bible believing Christians are calling for a state church. We do not believe any Church should rule over the State or the State over any Church, they were both created by God to fulfill separate but interrelated purposes. What is really meant by this phrase is a separation of God from government or Christians from the public square. This we unapologetically reject. We believe that since God ordained government (Rom. 13:1), He would want His people to influence it. After all, government is one of the spheres we should impact in our role as "the salt of the earth" and "the light of the world" (Matt. 5:13, 16). Active engagement is also a legitimate contemporary application for Christians in America of what the Lord Jesus called for when He commanded: "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's" (Matt. 22:21).
 
Q. Are you asking us to get involved in Partisan Politics?
A. Absolutely not. The call to become a Watchman pastor and form a Watchmen network is something with far more eternal significance. A recent poll from the Culture and Media Institute shows that 74% of Americans believe our nation is in moral decline but only 36% believe we should live by God's principles of right and wrong. There is recognition of a problem but an inability to see the solution. We realize that the church must respond with repentance and experience revival if we are to lead a reversal of the moral decline in America . Therefore the Watchmen network is first and foremost a call to prayer. It is second of all a call to actively influence every area of society, including government, as the salt and the light (Matt. 5:13 -16). We must pray for revival and work for public policy that reflects biblical truth and support godly government, but we must not sell our souls to any political party or politician.