Ray Kaselonis serves as senior counsel, Church Alliance, with Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, Kaselonis advises churches belonging to the Church Alliance, a nonprofit organization designed to protect their right to minister freely and to engage in defense of religious liberty.
Kaselonis began his legal career in the Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives, where he served as lead classification attorney for the United States Code, before being called into full-time ministry and becoming an associate pastor at Applegate Christian Fellowship in southern Oregon. Kaselonis’ time in vocational ministry opened his eyes to the vast legal needs of the church. That led him to start his own law practice, focusing on church law and religious liberty issues, prior to joining ADF in 2017 to continue that work on a national level.
Kaselonis earned his 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.