Founder & Executive Director | @rwnicholson_
Robert Nicholson is Founder and Executive Director of The Philos Project. He holds a BA in Hebrew Studies from Binghamton University, and both a JD and MA in Middle Eastern history from Syracuse University. A former U.S. Marine and a 2012-13 Tikvah Fellow, Robert founded The Philos Project in 2014. His advocacy focuses on spreading the vision of a multi-ethnic and multi-religious Middle East based on freedom and rule of law. Robert serves on the Board of Directors of Passages, and is a publisher of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. His written work has appeared in First Things, The Federalist, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, and The American Interest, among others.
Deputy Director | @lukemoon1
Luke Moon is the Deputy Director of The Philos Project. Prior to that, Luke served as business manager for the Institute on Religion and Democracy, and, before that, as a missionary with Youth with a Mission for 12 years. Luke has lived, worked, and taught in over 45 countries, and has advocated on a number of human rights issues along the way. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies from the University of the Nations and an MA in Global Politics from Regent University. Luke is also an ordained Southern Baptist minister.
Operations Director | @CJ_Quartlbaum
CJ is the Operations Director of The Philos Project. He graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a B.S. in Finance and Western Seminary with an M.A. in Biblical Studies. He has a love for writing and teaching, his work can be found in The Gospel Coalition, The Witness, and Christ and Pop Culture. CJ frequently gives talks across the country at churches and schools on spiritual formation, personal finance, and racial justice and equity. Prior to Philos, CJ worked in finance and lead short term mission trips in city. In his free time, you’ll find CJ with a book, food, on the basketball court, or hanging with his wife and kids. His greatest passion is to make the Gospel known in this world.
Leadership Network Director
Rebecca Gonzales is the Leadership Network Director of The Philos Project. She studied Justice and Law at American University, graduating in 2016. An alumna of The Philos Leadership Institute, she served as the President of American University’s chapter of Christians United for Israel. Rebecca has also conducted policy research at the Susan B. Anthony List and Charlotte Lozier Institute. An advocate for the empowerment of women, Rebecca founded American University’s chapter of the Network of Enlightened Women. In her free time, she is a prolific reader, traveller, and connoisseur of hummus.
Hispanic Affairs Director | @jssrojo
Jesse Rojo is the Director of Hispanic Affairs at The Philos Project. A native New Yorker of Dominican descent, Jesse holds a BA in Theological Studies from Hyles-Anderson College. He has pioneered bilingual programs to engage and educate the Christian Hispanic community on Israel-related issues, including educational initiatives, alumni networks, and a nationwide leadership conference. In 2016, Jesse founded Israel A Cappella, an initiative to allow Hispanic Christians to connect with the land of Israel through the experiences and testimony of Christian music artists. In addition to his work at The Philos Project, Jesse is a part of Tim Keller’s international church-planting network, Redeemer City-to-City, and is in the process of planting a bilingual church among immigrant and native communities in Yonkers, New York. His work has been published in The Christian Post and Contexto Media.
African American Affairs Director
Kristina King is the African American Affairs Director of The Philos Project. Originally from the San Francisco bay area in Northern California, she currently lives in Chicago. She pioneered the African American Outreach programs for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and the International Fellowhip of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). She studied at Duke University. Kristina is passionate about drawing connections between the cooperation of the Jewish and African American communities particularly during the civil rights movement and how this can inspire further cooperation today.
Gabriella is the Communications Director of The Philos Project. She holds a BA in Communications and Journalism and a MBA from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Gabriella has worked in a wide array of scopes, from special event planning to documentary film production. With a strong affinity for people, volunteer work and outreach, she has often found herself spearheading social groups, leading women’s bible studies and providing volunteer assistance to multiple organizations. In the summer of 2016 she lived in Zambia, Africa, living and volunteering at a home for abused and at-risk girls. A lover of the arts, she can always be found with a new book, playing her piano, painting or learning a new talent/hobby.
Research & Education Director
Ashley Muse is the Research & Education Director of The Philos Project. She received her BA from the University of Florida, where she studied international relations. In the fall of 2016, Ashley moved to Washington, DC to pursue an MA in US Foreign Policy & National Security at American University’s School of International Service. There, she focused her studies on the Middle East and completed her practicum on cooperation and peace building between Israelis and Palestinians. Ashley is also an alumna of the 2017 Philos Leadership Institute and a member of the Philos DC chapter.
Managing Editor of Providence Magazine | @DG_NYC
Drew Griffin is the managing editor of Providence, a quarterly journal of Christianity and American foreign policy published by The Philos Project and the Institute on Religion and Democracy. Drew holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, and an M.Div in Biblical and Theological Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a veteran of over a dozen political campaigns, a featured writer and speaker on the intersection of faith and culture. For 3 years he served as director of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary extension center in NYC, and was a professor of Theology at the New York School of the Bible. Drew served for 4 years as founder and pastor of Cross Church NYC, a protestant church plant in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He resides in Manhattan with his wife Emily and daughter Charlotte.
Caroline Walker is the Executive Assistant of The Philos Project. She graduated from The King’s College with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, minoring in Theology. She has a love for public speaking and performance, having been an active member of mock trial, debate, and dance teams during her time in college. Caroline’s work experience includes serving as Social Media intern at Salem Media, Administrative Assistant and Scholarship Coordinator at The King’s College Admissions Department, Philos Project intern, and Office Administrator for Reclaim New York. Outside the office you can find her binging political podcasts, taking dance classes, attending concerts, or writing music.
Reitsma “Ritz” Mpindi is the Marketing Manager of The Philos Project. He graduated from Calvin College in 2017, studying Organizational Communications with a minor in Business. At Calvin College, he served as a Student Senator, Orientation Leader, Student Involvement
& Leadership Intern, and Governance Committee Member. Before joining Philos, Ritz served directly under the founding partners of D.C based literary, communications, and creative firm, Javelin. While at Javelin, Ritz oversaw all internal operations, executed book media rollouts, and organized external events. Ritz has secured media coverage for veterans organizations, NASCAR drivers, and various political personalities. An alumnus of the Philos Leadership Institute (2018), and former Philos DC Chapter treasurer, Ritz has demonstrated a passion for facilitating nuanced discussions on all things related to religion and geopolitics. Outside the office, you’ll find Ritz on any soccer field in the tristate area, on the couch sampling new music, or attending art events around the city.
Assistant Editor of Providence Magazine
Grayson Logue is the Assistant Editor of Providence Magazine: A Quarterly Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy published by The Philos Project and the Institute on Religion and Democracy. Grayson holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King’s College. While studying at King’s, Grayson represented the school’s British parliamentary debate society at international tournaments ranging from Jamaica to the Netherlands. He was also an Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Scholar. Before joining Philos, Grayson worked in New York public policy as a writer and researcher. In his free time, he can be found holed up in a Brooklyn coffee shop with a good book.
Leadership Network Associate
Brittany is the Leadership Network Associate for The Philos Project. She holds a BA in Bible and Urban Ministries from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. During her time mentoring youth on the SouthSide of Chicago, Brittany traveled to Israel with Passages and became involved helping to assist lead young college students to Israel. Recently, she had the opportunity to live in Israel as a Teaching Fellow with the Galilea Fellowship. Here she studied Jewish-Christian relations and assisted in teaching English at local Jewish and Arab-Christian schools. Passionate about empowering others to reach their full potential, Brittany is an advocate for justice and reconciliation. In her free time, she can be found traveling, looking for new books to read, recipes to cook, and working on music.
David Newman is the Development Associate of The Philos Project. A graduate of the University of Mississippi in May of 2018, David holds a BA in International Studies and Arabic with concentrations in governance and politics and the Middle East. During his undergraduate years, David studied in South Africa, Jordan, and Israel, and he has conducted research on terrorism and electoral political systems in the Middle East. David also spent his time at Ole Miss touring and playing drums with recording artist Sam Mooney. An alumnus of The Philos Leadership Institute 2017, he has now dedicated himself to advocacy for pluralism and justice in the Middle East by joining The Philos staff. In his free time, he enjoys reading, listening to various genres of music, and spending quality time with his wife Madison.
Hispanic Affairs Associate
Rebeca “Becky” Cruz is the Hispanic Affairs Associate for The Philos Project. Rebeca was born in El Salvador and moved to the United States when she was seven years old. She attended Valley Forge Christian College, studying social work. In 2010 she Graduated from the Latin American Bible Theological Institute (ITLA), Assemblies of God in Wayne NJ, studying pastoral ministries. Prior to working at The Philos Project, Rebeca served as the Promotion Director Assistant in a Spanish-speaking Christian Radio Station. She is a pastor's daughter and the youngest of four children. Due to her upbringing, Rebeca has forged a passion and love for serving in the ministry and serving in the community. She now resides in New Jersey with her two daughters Annalyn and Elizabeth
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