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.
President, Family Research Council
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.
John Méndez, National Culture Impact Team Coordinator
John Méndez serves as the National Culture Impact Team Coordinator for FRC. A graduate from Latin American Bible College and the Western Institute of Banking, John also holds a Master's Degree from Azusa Pacific University.
John has served as a Pastor, church planter, and a denominational leader. In addition, he previously served as West Coast Regional Director for Promise Keepers. Most recently, he served as Vice President of the National Association of Evangelicals.
John and his wife, Mary Jane, have been married for 38 years and live in Southern California. They have three children, three grandsons, and one granddaughter.
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
- What is a Watchman Pastor?
- How do I become a "Watchman Pastor?"
- How do I go about finding pastors to start a network?
- Should we network with pastors of our own denomination/fellowship or should we try to connect with others?
- Is this one of those "ecumenical" efforts designed to get pastors to drop their doctrinal and denominational distinctives?
- Are you asking pastors to submit to another pastor's spiritual authority in these networks?
- Is the host pastor automatically going to become the spokesmen for the pastors (and by extension, their churches) in the network?
- Will these networks of pastors be under the direction of FRC and carry the name of FRC?
- What about the "Separation of Church and State?"
- Are you asking us to get involved in Partisan Politics?
- 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.