Dr. Lydia Bean, Executive Director
Lydia brings over a decade of experience organizing faith communities in Texas and the South. She is a national expert on civic engagement, movement strategy, and partisan polarization. Her first book, The Politics of Evangelical Identity, was published by Princeton University Press in 2014 and is released in paperback in December 2016. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Harvard University and a Bachelors from Austin College.
Rev. Edwin Robinson, Managing Director
Edwin directs the LIVE FREE campaign in Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He also directs congregational development and clergy organizing for Faith in Texas. He holds a Masters degree from Duke University and a Bachelors from Mary Hardin-Baylor. Edwin is a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq. Before joining Faith in Texas, Edwin was a young adult pastor at Concord Church in Dallas.
Brittany White, LIVE FREE Organizer
Brittany organizes formerly incarcerated people and their allies to end the mass criminalization of Black, Brown, and low-income people. Formerly incarcerated in Alabama, Brittany emerged as a leader in the LIVE FREE campaign before answering the call to become a professional organizer.
Kevin Marshall, Muslim Civic Engagement Fellow
Kevin is a community organizer with Faith in Texas who focuses on organizing muslim congregations. He is one of the lead organizers leading the Moral Economy campaign which focuses on issues like payday lending, healthy food financing and other issues affecting our communities.
Arnulfo Garza, Bilingual Organizer
Arnulfo is a graduate of Truett Seminary with experience in church leadership and leadership development. He organizes millennial Hispanics through young adult faith communities. Arnulfo also leads media work for the LIVE FREE campaign.
Maria Robles, Bilingual Organzier
Maria joined Faith in Texas in October 2016 as an experienced community leader. She is the founder of Proyecto Unido, an alliance of parents and immigrants in Arlington, Texas. She was also central to the creation of R.I.T.A., the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance.
Akilah Wallace, Director of Development
Akilah joined Faith in Texas in November of 2016. She brings over 15 years of professional and volunteer experience in philanthropy, most recently with the Dallas Women’s Foundation. In 2014, she was honored by Dallas Business Journal as one of “40 under 40.”
Dr. Baranda J. Fermin, Director of Operations
Baranda is an accomplished nonprofit leader with experience in training, community development, and research. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Michigan State University.
Rev. Wes Helm is the Lead Organizer at Faith in Texas. Prior to joining Faith in Texas, he served as an Associate Pastor at Springcreek Church in Garland, where he led teaching and justice ministries to equip the church for action in their community. He received his B.A. in Art and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Wes is a proud husband and father of a one-year old girl.