Two more key conservative leaders join CBN Steering Council

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Aug. 13, 2020

Contact: Brad Jurkovich, spokesman, Conservative Baptist Network
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BOSSIER CITY, La. —Today the Conservative Baptist Network is pleased to announce the addition of two more national conservative leaders to its Steering Council.

Former Congressman Bob McEwen (R-OH) is Executive Director of the prestigious Council for National Policy, which the New York Times once called “the club of the most powerful,” and U.S. News and World Report once termed “the real RNC.” Congressman McEwen served on the House Intelligence Committee and House Rules Committee, and served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the European Parliament for 10 years. He was a Presidential representative in Moscow during the Gorbachev coup, escorted the world’s first non-communist Prime Minister of a Communist country into the Polish Chancellery in 1989, participated in the formation of democratic governments in Soviet satellite countries and witnessed the vote in the Kremlin that eliminated the Soviet Union.

Ryan Helfenbein, one of America’s most prominent Millennial evangelical leaders, is Vice President of Communications and Public Engagement at Liberty University. He is Executive Director of the university’s Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty, which equips Christians to become courageous champions for Christ to advance His kingdom and preserve American freedom. He taught Sunday School for four years with Dr. Al Mohler, and was a pastoral intern for Dr. Kie Bowman. He holds an M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas.

“The new threat of liberalism challenges our Convention in ways that Criswell, Stanley and Rogers didn’t have to face,” said Helfenbein.  “The rise of the Marxist threat both inside and outside the local church means that stronger leadership and more focused accountability is needed to ensure our SBC institutions are prepared and our churches are equipped to face those challenges.

“As a lifelong Southern Baptist, I am immensely grateful for our Convention’s stewardship of the Gospel, and its longstanding commitment to Biblical Inerrancy and the Great Commission. My generation must not lose this on our watch.”

Congressman McEwen agreed.

“I saw what so-called ‘social justice’ did to the peoples of Eastern Europe. There is no justice, much less Bible, anywhere in it. It is a slickly marketed cultural Marxism, and it is undermining the foundations of liberty, the rule of law, and of the gospel in profound and devastating ways. 

“These ideas are not tame: they are insidious, they fool the unwary, and their price is civilizational in scope. I am very grateful there’s a  Conservative Baptist Network to stand for our SBC institutions, for the Gospel, and for the foundations of our freedom,” McEwen said.

The Conservative Baptist Network is a broad-based grassroots movement of Southern Baptists of all generations who are committed to the sufficiency of Scripture for all facets of life and application. Its 52-member Steering Council includes pastors and laypeople from across America, including well-known figures such as former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, past SBC President Charles Stanley, and immediate past SBC Executive Committee Chairman Mike Stone. It can be found online at