The Fellowship of St. James (FSJ) was incorporated in the 1970's and is an alliance of authors, professors, clergy members, lay men and women, and writers—from various Christian denominations—who promote orthodox Christianity, the natural law, and traditional Christian morality.
Towards that end, FSJ comprises Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christians who realize, despite serious differences, that they have a rich biblical faith in Jesus Christ as presented in the gospels. These allies join together in a tenacious advocacy of Judeo-Christian moral teachings about the sanctity of life, respect for human dignity and freedom, and the importance of the natural family and marriage to society.
The Fellowship of St. James accomplishes this mission through our publications such as Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, Salvo, The Daily Devotional Guide, and The Calendar of the Christian Year.
The Fellowship of St. James is a 501(c)(3) non-denominational, non-partisan, organization that receives no government funding. All gifts are tax-deductible.
The FSJ Board of Directors
Thomas S. Buchanan, Ph.D., is the George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He has studied at UCSD, Northwestern University and MIT, and has held visiting professorships at the University of Western Australia and the University of Aix-Marseille in France. He has held many academic administrative positions, including department chairman, deputy dean and institute director, as well as national leadership positions such as president of the American Society of Biomechanics and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics. Dr. Buchanan is on the Board of Trustees of Saint Katherine College and has served on the editorial board of Touchstone where he had a regular column entitled "Practical Christianity."
Fr. Wilbur C. Ellsworth is the priest at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Christian Church in Warrenville, IL. He contributes regularly to Ancient Faith Radio, an Orthodox internet radio program featuring both audio programming and podcasts that highlight liturgical music, interviews, prayers, and lives of the saints. He is published in Reformation and Revival Journal on the topics of worship and hospitality in the church. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Theological Seminary, where he teaches on Classical Christian Worship. Fr. Ellsworth holds a M. Div. from the Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary and a D. Min. from the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Fr. Wilbur lives in IL with his wife Jean; they have two children.
Certified Financial Planner Steven Kellar is currently a Managing Director with Sheridan Road Advisors. He has been based in Chicago for over two decades, throughout which he has been involved in a variety of capacities in the community. A photographer as well as a financial advisor, Mr. Keller's body of work has been viewed and displayed in a range of venues. He continues to live in Chicago with his wife Debbie and their five daughters.
David. Kreuger is the President of KDL Corporation, a management consulting firm. He has also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of two other companies, a steel recycling company and an information technology/market research services company. In addition, he previously held executive positions with the IBM Corporation during his 33-year tenure there. Mr. Krueger is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and he holds an MBA in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
James M. Kushiner is the Executive Director of The Fellowship of St. James and has served on its board since 1980. The Fellowship was established in 1976 to encourage greater Christian unity, knowledge of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and fidelity to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith and its moral teachings. He did undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. James, a native of Detroit, Michigan, married Patricia in 1972 after moving to Chicago, where they have since lived and raised their 6 children. They have 10 grandchildren. They joined the Eastern Orthodox Church in 1993 and attend All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois.
After graduating from Wellesley College, Pittsburgh native Mary Elizabeth Podles pursued postgraduate studies in art history at Columbia University. She has employed her expertise in curating at the Metropolitan Museum of New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington; most recently, she acted as the Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Since retiring, Podles has continued to engage in her field by her writing and lecturing, as well as taking up the practical study of art in order to better understand the process undergone by the artists themselves.
Mary Elizabeth Podles and her husband, Touchstone Senior Editor Leon J. Podles have six children, whom they home-schooled, and have recently welcomed their first grandchild.
In 1976 Robert E. Russell Jr., a graduate of Wabash College and a veteran of the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps. , founded the consulting and advisory firm Robert Russell and Associates. RR&A is especially dedicated to the promotion of those free-market business principles that underlie successful marketing, management, and fund development in small businesses and non-profit organizations.
In 1983, Mr. Russell was appointed Counselor to the President of The Heritage Foundation, where he has continued to apply his business expertise in addition to conducting RR&A in Geneva, IL. A long-time associate of Hillsdale College, he has been an active board member of many institutions, including The Heartland Institute, The Philadelphia Society, and Friends of Marva Collins. Mr. Russell and his wife Ruth Ellen, who have two children and three grandchildren, reside in Batavia, Illinois and are active members of Holy Cross Catholic Church.
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