We help protect Christian leaders’ and pastors’ religious liberties and freedoms so they can obey the Great Commission. We do this by giving them legal protection against attacks on their religious liberties and freedoms while educating them in the process.
We believe in religious liberty which is the freedom to hold religious beliefs of one’s own choosing and to live in accordance with those beliefs. We believe this is an inherent human right. Therefore, the religious liberty of all people of all faiths everywhere must be promoted and defended.
We will stand with our brothers and sisters in faith to uphold the values and intent of the Founding Fathers, the Constitution of the United States of America, and the first Amendment which clearly states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.
We believe in the declarations of our Founding Fathers that guaranteed us the ability to freely practice our faith without government interference.
- Tirelessly defend and protect people of faith in all aspects of daily life and societal functions.
- Respect for the sanctity and dignity of life, family, and marriage as the foundations of a free society.
- Education reform that puts children first and teaches of the importance of our faith principles.
- Free markets and free minds to create opportunity for all.
- Victory in the struggle with terrorism and tyranny while supporting our strategic allies, including Israel, both nationally and abroad.
Our Five-Fold Mission
- Mobilize and train people of faith about religious liberties and freedoms.
- Speak out in the public arena and in the media on behalf of Christian values and principles.
- Influence legislation and enact sound public policy at every level of government-focusing on religious liberties and freedoms.
- Train citizens, churches, and organizations for effective civic action.
- Protect and defend our members against bigotry and discrimination.
Meet The Leadership Team
Dr. David Black
Founder of the Religious Liberty Coalition
Dr. David L. Black earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola College in Baltimore and a doctorate degree in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Maryland at Baltimore (1982). He is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (F-ABFT) and American Institute of Chemists (FAIC). He joined Vanderbilt University in 1986 as Assistant Professor in Pathology and Pharmacology and currently holds appointments in Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology.
In 1990 he founded Aegis Sciences Corporation where he served as Chairman and CEO until October of 2016. He has served as Program Administrator for substance abuse programs for NASCAR, IndyCar, WWE, and as a consultant to MLBPA and NFL/NFLPA. He has also served as a consultant to major corporations for the development of substance abuse prevention programs. He has testified in local, state, national, and international courts as an expert witness regarding drug abuse.
He is the author of many peer-reviewed published scientific papers. He is also President of Ebon-Falcon, LLC (commercial real estate), and Founder/President of 2ndVote and is Founder/President of the Religious Liberty Coalition. Dr. Black served in the U.S. Marine Corps (1966-70) and in combat in Vietnam (1968-69). Personal interests include church, Rotary International, and Guatemala Medical/Dental/Vision Mission Trips. He lives in Gallatin, TN with his wife former US Congressman Diane Black (TN 6th District) and they have three children and six grandchildren.
Pastor Todd Coconato
President of the Religious Liberty Coalition
Pastor Todd Coconato graduated from Kings College and Seminary and is a licensed and ordained minister. He has served as executive pastor at Leaves of Healing Church, in Chatsworth, California, for 16 years.Todd also has been an industry leader in the marketplace for over 21 years working with Fortune 500 companies during his career.
One of his core competencies is to develop leadership coaching programs and champion company growth initiatives. From 2011-2014 he hosted the radio show “Hollywood Alive” on Salem Communications flagship station KKLA interviewing faith-based guests. He is also the host of “The Todd Coconato Show”.
Todd appears in the media, speaks at conferences, churches, and faith-based events. He has also been a faith advisor and served as campaign manager for two congressional races in California. Todd regularly consults state and local candidates on faith-based initiatives and holds church seminars inspiring congregations to “vote our values”. This year he has been working with the Trump campaigns faith-based team to help organize and spiritually advise on various issues.
Todd is the Executive Director of the Religious Liberty Coalition (RLC), which is a non-profit, national coalition of pastors and ministry leaders taking a stand for religious liberty and freedom in the United States. The RLC is associated with 2ndVote and is based out of Nashville, Tennessee.Todd is married to Michelle Coconato. Todd and Michelle recently welcomed their daughter Gia, who is a treasure to them both.Todd is fervently praying for revival and spiritual awakening in the United States.