Ray Kaselonis serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom’s Center for Christian Ministries.
Since joining ADF in 2017, Kaselonis has focused his practice on representing churches, religious ministries, and Christian schools to ensure their freedoms are protected under the First Amendment. In At the Cross Fellowship Baptist Church v. City of Monroe, for example, he led the way to securing a win for a church in a religious land use dispute.
Kaselonis began his legal career in the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served as lead classification attorney for the United States Code. In 2014, he was called into full-time ministry and became an associate pastor at Applegate Christian Fellowship in Oregon. It was his time in vocational ministry that opened his eyes to the vast legal needs of religious ministries in general and the church in particular.
Kaselonis earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997, and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Regent University School of Law in 2001. He served on the Regent University Law Review and subsequently published two articles in 2003 and 2004, respectively, the second of which analyzed church-state relations. Kaselonis also serves as an adjunct professor of government, economics, and law for Liberty University Online.
Kaselonis is admitted to practice law in Arizona, Oregon, Maryland, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.