Meet Our Director
Dean is Director of the Valley Family Forum, a network of families in the Shenandoah Valley that helps build Faith, Family, and Freedom in the culture and in the public square.
He is a former public school teacher, overseas missionary, and career diplomat. He and his family have served at US Embassies in East Asia and Jamaica, at the State Department in Washington, as a Congressional Fellow on Capitol Hill, and as a political advisor with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
Born in Indiana, he attended college in Harrisonburg, VA, and has degrees from Goshen College in Indiana and from the University of Oregon, with post-graduate work at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.
Dean and his wife Janet have been married for 41 years, have two adult children and three grandchildren, and now live in Harrisonburg. His hobbies are tennis, golf, and travel.
Favorite Bible Texts
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord (Ps. 33:12)
If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do? (Ps. 11:3)
Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. (Ps. 127:1)
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. (Prov. 14:34)
When the righteous rule, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people mourn. (Prov. 29:2)
Favorite Quotations from America’s Godly Heritage
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lend to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness. … Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained. George Washington
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. … Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams, Second President
“God who gave us life, gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God.” Thomas Jefferson, Third President
“It is in the man of piety and inward principle, that we may expect to find the uncorrupted patriot, the useful citizen, and the invincible soldier. God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable.” John Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
“God commands you to choose for ruler ‘just men who will rule in the fear of God’. The preservation of government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty, and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted.” Noah Webster
“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God … and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proved by all history that those nations only are blest whose God is the Lord.” Abraham Lincoln
“We resolve that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.” Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, 1863
“America needs God more than God needs America. If we ever forget that we are “One Nation Under God”, then we will be a Nation gone under.” Ronald Reagan
Truisms by Rakazzi, a friend of the Forum, drawn from personal observation and experience.
“The closer we draw to God, the more offended we are by the presence of sin, both in our own lives and in the culture around us.”
“Spiritual idolatry leads to sexual immorality and, conversely, sexual immorality leads to spiritual idolatry.”
“The Law is a civil guide to moral behavior – especially for the unchurched.”
“Virtue, like freedom, is a prize for which every generation must contend – and win!”
“The transformed heart leads inevitably to the sanctified life, as night follows day.”
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