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ADF Announces Next CEO

Kristen Waggoner Outside Supreme Court

ADF Announces Next CEO

Alliance Defending Freedom is pleased to announce that Kristen Waggoner has been named President, CEO, and General Counsel, effective October 1, 2022.


ADF is the world’s largest legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, the sanctity of life, parental rights, and God’s design for marriage and family. Since 2011, ADF has won 14 U.S. Supreme Court cases, including serving on the Mississippi legal team that overturned Roe v. Wade.

In this video, Kristen and current President and CEO Michael Farris discuss the handoff and what’s next for ADF.

A Message From Michael Farris

I have truly loved my time as CEO of ADF. And I am incredibly grateful for your support during my tenure. But I could not be more excited for Kristen to take the helm as President, CEO, and General Counsel and lead this ministry into the future. From winning multiple U.S. Supreme Court cases to encountering a hostile student mob at Yale Law School, her joy—and commitment to the Gospel—never wavers.

This is incredible news. I cannot wait to see where the Lord takes ADF under Kristen’s leadership.


Michael Farris


A Message From Kristen Waggoner

I am honored to become the next President, CEO, and General Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom. And I could not be more thankful to Mike for his leadership. Throughout our entire time as colleagues, he’s treated me as a partner in pursuing the mission of ADF. He’s honest, courageous, and a consummate leader.

No matter what challenges await us, we are more committed to the mission of keeping the doors open for the Gospel than ever. And we move forward knowing that with every challenge, God provides opportunity.


Kristen Waggoner


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