LEADERSHIP

Christians United for Israel is a grassroots organization. We operate with a very small paid staff and depend heavily on our volunteer leaders. The dedicated men and women who donate their time to do the heavy lifting in the field are our most valuable resource. From the leadership of our executive board to the local leaders in each city, these volunteers play a critical role in making Israel stronger and her people safer.

Pastor John Hagee

Founder and Chairman
Christians United for Israel

Founder and National Chairman, Christians United for Israel
Founder and Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church
President and CEO, John Hagee Ministries

Pastor John C. Hagee, founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, has built a ministry on straightforward Bible teaching and preaching, and unwavering support for the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Pastor John Hagee is a fifth generation pastor and the 47th descendent of his family to preach the gospel since they immigrated to America from Germany. Pastor Hagee received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity University, earned a master’s degree from North Texas University and trained in theology at Southwestern Bible Institute.

Pastor Hagee is married to Diana Castro and together they raised five children while pastoring their beloved 18,000 member Cornerstone Church founded in 1975.

While pastoring the evangelical, non-denominational Cornerstone Church, Pastor Hagee acquired licenses for two low-power television stations in San Antonio over 28 years ago. The Cornerstone family sacrificially gave to buy the necessary broadcasting equipment with the Hagees personally mortgaging their home to help build the radio and television ministry.

Today, John Hagee Ministries occupies a 50,000 square-foot production center which houses both radio and television studios, 100 telephone prayer partners, and a vast distribution center. Currently, Hagee telecasts on eight major networks, 162 independent television stations, and 51 radio stations throughout the globe broadcasting in over 190 nations.

In addition to founding the global media ministry Pastor Hagee is the author of 21 major books the latest being Jerusalem Countdown which made the USA Today’s best seller list. Many of his books have been best sellers with one, The Beginning of the End, reaching the New York Times best sellers list.

Pastor Hagee is the founder of “A Night to Honor Israel” which is celebrated annually at Cornerstone Church over national and international television. “A Night to Honor Israel” is a non-conversionary tribute to the nation of Israel and the Jewish people of the world. Its purpose is to promote esteem and understanding between Christians and Jews and to emphasize that the beliefs we hold in common are far greater than the differences we have allowed to separate us. Pastor Hagee has been presented the ZOA Israel Award, the ZOA Service Award and the Humanitarian of the Year Award by B’Nai B’Rith Council in recognition of his unwavering support of Israel.

Pastor Hagee’s ministry has given millions of dollars to bring the Jewish exiles of the world home to Israel. The ministry has provided comfort and consolation to the Jewish people through the building of orphanage facilities, absorption centers and hospitals.

In February, 2006, Pastor John Hagee, Founder and National Chairman of Christians United for Israel, decided the time had come to create a national grassroots movement focused on the support of Israel. He called upon Christian leaders from across America to join him in launching this new initiative. Over 400 Christian leaders each representing a denomination, mega-church, media ministry, publishing company, or Christian university answered the call and Christians United for Israel was born.

Diana Hagee

Co- Executive Director
Christians United for Israel

Co-Executive Director, Christians United for Israel
Founder and Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church

Diana Hagee is the wife of Pastor John Hagee, founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Among her ministry duties are to coordinate all special events for Hagee Ministries, Cornerstone Church, Cornerstone Christian Schools, and Christians United for Israel. Diana, along with Kendal Hagee, leads the Women’s Ministries at Cornerstone Church.

Diana is the author of the best-selling book “The King’s Daughter—Becoming a Woman of God,” which was awarded the Retailers Choice Award; “The King’s Daughter Workbook”; “Ruth, the Romance of Redemption—A Love Story”; “Not by Bread Alone”, a cookbook encouraging creative ministry through food, and “Hannah’s Song—What Love Looks Like.” She and Pastor Hagee co-authored “What Every Man Wants in a Woman—What Every Woman Wants in a Man.”

Diana was presented the prestigious Lion of Judah award by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston for the long-standing work she and Pastor Hagee do on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people. Diana is very active with Christians United for Israel, which Pastor Hagee founded in 2006.

Diana Hagee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She and Pastor John Hagee have five children and thirteen grandchildren.

Shari Dollinger

Co-Executive Director
Christians United for Israel

Co-Executive Director Christians United for Israel

Prior to this position, Shari was CUFI’s Associate Director for 11 years. Before CUFI, Shari served as the Assistant Director of The Donor Forum, as the Officer for Inter-Religious Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC, and a Foreign Policy Research Associate at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Shari holds a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Politics and Islamic/Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University. At Brandies, Shari wrote her senior thesis on Christian Zionists’ Impact on U.S. Foreign Policy.

Pastor John Hagee

Founder and Chairman
Christians United for Israel

Founder and National Chairman, Christians United for Israel
Founder and Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church
President and CEO, John Hagee Ministries

Pastor John C. Hagee, founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, has built a ministry on straightforward Bible teaching and preaching, and unwavering support for the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Pastor John Hagee is a fifth generation pastor and the 47th descendent of his family to preach the gospel since they immigrated to America from Germany. Pastor Hagee received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity University, earned a master’s degree from North Texas University and trained in theology at Southwestern Bible Institute.

Pastor Hagee is married to Diana Castro and together they raised five children while pastoring their beloved 18,000 member Cornerstone Church founded in 1975.

While pastoring the evangelical, non-denominational Cornerstone Church, Pastor Hagee acquired licenses for two low-power television stations in San Antonio over 28 years ago. The Cornerstone family sacrificially gave to buy the necessary broadcasting equipment with the Hagees personally mortgaging their home to help build the radio and television ministry.

Today, John Hagee Ministries occupies a 50,000 square-foot production center which houses both radio and television studios, 100 telephone prayer partners, and a vast distribution center. Currently, Hagee telecasts on eight major networks, 162 independent television stations, and 51 radio stations throughout the globe broadcasting in over 190 nations.

In addition to founding the global media ministry Pastor Hagee is the author of 21 major books the latest being Jerusalem Countdown which made the USA Today’s best seller list. Many of his books have been best sellers with one, The Beginning of the End, reaching the New York Times best sellers list.

Pastor Hagee is the founder of “A Night to Honor Israel” which is celebrated annually at Cornerstone Church over national and international television. “A Night to Honor Israel” is a non-conversionary tribute to the nation of Israel and the Jewish people of the world. Its purpose is to promote esteem and understanding between Christians and Jews and to emphasize that the beliefs we hold in common are far greater than the differences we have allowed to separate us. Pastor Hagee has been presented the ZOA Israel Award, the ZOA Service Award and the Humanitarian of the Year Award by B’Nai B’Rith Council in recognition of his unwavering support of Israel.

Pastor Hagee’s ministry has given millions of dollars to bring the Jewish exiles of the world home to Israel. The ministry has provided comfort and consolation to the Jewish people through the building of orphanage facilities, absorption centers and hospitals.

In February, 2006, Pastor John Hagee, Founder and National Chairman of Christians United for Israel, decided the time had come to create a national grassroots movement focused on the support of Israel. He called upon Christian leaders from across America to join him in launching this new initiative. Over 400 Christian leaders each representing a denomination, mega-church, media ministry, publishing company, or Christian university answered the call and Christians United for Israel was born.

Bishop Keith A. Butler

Founder and Presiding Bishop of Word of Faith Int’l Christian Center

Founder and Presiding Bishop of Word of Faith Int’l Christian Center

In his signature line-by-line style, Bishop Keith A. Butler travels extensively around the world teaching the Word of God without compromise. Everyone who hears his dynamic messages experiences the life-changing power of the Scriptures. With “Live Your Faith” as his slogan, Keith Butler, with precision and detail, teaches believers the practical application of faith in their day-to-day lives.

Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries, ministering throughout the world. Keith Butler is also the founder and senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center, located on 110 pristine acres in Southfield, Michigan in the United States; Word of Faith was founded in 1979 and currently has 11,000 members.

In 1989, he founded the Word of Faith School of Ministry, today called PISTIS for the purpose of training ministers. PISTIS has graduated over 1,000 ministers who are now serving in various ministries, domestically and internationally. Additionally, he is the founder of faithleaders.com, sharing the wisdom of God with pastors, ministers and those called to the ministry.
In 1989, he was elected by the people of Detroit to its City Council. Elected in a city-wide vote to the nine-member Council, Keith Butler served for four years before receiving an assignment from the Lord to plant churches. Today, churches have been planted in the U.S.A., Europe, and Africa.
Keith Butler has authored over 30 books. Some of his titles include The Authority of the Believer, Faith for Life, Mercy Comes Before Grace, The Way of Faith, Praying At A Higher Level, How to Handle Pressure With Skill, The Time Clock of Man, Entering Into God’s Rest for You, Everything Happens for a Reason, 365-day devotional, Fresh Water, and Church Planting-8 Key Principles for Success.

Keith Butler was ordained as a minister of the gospel in 1974. He received his diploma from RHEMA Bible School located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He earned his Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan, and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He enjoys the support of his lovely wife, Pastor Deborah L. Butler, and their children: Pastor Andre & Minister Tiffany Butler (granddaughters Alexis, Angela & April); Pastors Lee & MiChelle Ferguson (grandson Lucas); and Pastor Joel and Minister Kristina Jenkins (grandsons Andrew and Austin).

Pastor Happy Caldwell

Founder and Pastor of Agape Church
Founder and President of Victory Television Network

Founder and Pastor of Agape Church
Founder and President of Victory Television Network

Pastor Happy Caldwell is the founder and Pastor of Agape Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is also the founder and president of VTN (Victory Television Network). Pastor Caldwell travels worldwide preaching the Word of God with a simplicity that brings a revelation of the character of God to those who hear. He is also a successful author, and together with his wife, Jeanne, has recorded several Gospel music albums. Pastor Caldwell has an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University and is a recipient of the Peter J. Daniel’s Achievement Award.

Mac Hammond

Senior Pastor
Living Word Christian Center

Senior Pastor
Living Word Christian Center

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a large and growing body of Christian believers in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. He is the host of the Winner’s Way broadcast and author of several internationally distributed books. Mac is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living.

Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer’s commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. He received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain.

Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business merger brought the Hammonds to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980 with 12 people in attendance.

After 36 years, that group of twelve people has grown into an active church body of 11,000 members. Today some of the outreaches that spring from Living Word include Maranatha Christian Academy, a fully-accredited, pre-K through 12th grade Christian school; Living Free Recovery Services, a state licensed outpatient treatment facility for chemical dependency. The Wells at 7th Street, a multi-faceted outreach to inner-city residents; CFAITH, an online cooperative missionary outreach of hundreds of national and international organizations providing faith-based content and is an email service provider; and a national and international media outreach that includes hundreds of audio/video teaching series, Winner’s Way broadcast and Prayer Notes publication.

Out of a desire to bless Israel, and in accordance with the Word of God, Mac Hammond initiated “Israel Feed the Hungry” as a means to help feed the families in Israel that have been devastated by suicide bombers. To that end, the congregation of Living Word has generously donated in excess of $2,000,000 since the program’s inception in 2004.

Michael D. Little

Principle Representative to Israel (CBN)

Principle Representative to Israel (CBN)

As Principal Representative to Israel, Michael D. Little serves The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc. (CBN) as an ambassador, building ties between pro-Israel organizations and businesses globally.

An Emmy Award-winning TV producer, he has worked in more than 100 countries overseeing TV production and global distribution. He has a 44 year tenure at CBN, having worked previously as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Additionally, he is a veteran officer of the U.S. Army.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Christians United for Israel, and other organizations, including current service as the Chairman of the Board for the National Religious Broadcasters.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the Governor’s Council for Virginia’s Future.

Michael and his wife Becky have been married forty seven years and are active members of the First Baptist Church, Norfolk.

Pastor George Morrison

Founder of Truth and Life Ministries

Founder of Truth and Life Ministries

George Morrison serves as Senior Pastor Emeritus of Faith Bible Chapel, a non-denominational church in Arvada, a city located northwest of Denver, where he served as senior pastor for over 33 years. Faith’s vibrant church community includes Faith Christian Academy, a K-12 school with more than 1,100 students as well as a day care and pre-school, the Sonshine Center.

Together with his wife Cheryl, Pastor Morrison is a leader in the Denver-metro area for supporting the Jewish community and the nation of Israel. They support and lead numerous interfaith pro-Israel rallies, as well as host an annual Israel Awareness Day an educational and inspirational experience designed to bring community awareness to Israel-related issues. For more than three decades, the Morrisons have led a performing group, The International Singers and Dancers, to the nation of Israel each year to demonstrate unconditional love to military and civilian Israelis. Pastor George also serves on the executive board of Christians United for Israel, a 3.3 million member pro-Israel organization and the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States.

Pastor Morrison was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After graduating high school in 1965, he attended Thaddeus Stevens Technical College. In 1968, he joined the Marines and was sent to South Vietnam in 1969. While there, he was stationed at Quang-tri where he served as crew chief for an OV-10A Bronco Aircraft and a door gunner in a UH1E helicopter, earning his combat air crew wings. He returned from his tour of duty at the end of 1969.

Pastor Morrison had a dramatic conversion experience with Jesus Christ in 1971 just before moving to Colorado in 1972. This change gave him a new direction, and from that time forward, he became actively involved in pursuing God’s will for his life. He graduated from Faith Bible Chapel’s Bible College in 1974, later becoming a teacher and director of the lay college. In his earlier years of ministry, he and Cheryl served as house parents for a discipleship home for 32 young people called the “Student Residence.”

Over the years, God has used Pastor Morrison to minister to pastors and church leaders. He has spoken at numerous leadership conferences both in the United States and overseas, including Promise Keepers events, and is the author of the book titled, “If It’s Not Broken, Break It!”

Pastor Morrison currently lives in Arvada with Cheryl and their 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Pastor Scott Thomas

Pastor of Free Life Chapel in Lakeland, FL
CUFI Florida State Director

Pastor of Free Life Chapel in Lakeland, FL
CUFI Florida State Director

Scott Thomas is the Founding and Lead Pastor of Free Life Chapel in Lakeland, Florida, and is the President of Excel Academy, a K-12 school with more than 400 students. Enjoying fulltime ministry since 1991, Scott and his wife, Cindy, minister every weekend to a thriving multi-cultural, multi-generation congregation. Whether at Free Life Chapel or speaking across the nation, Scott is known for his unorthodox, energetic and creative speaking style that reaches diverse audiences through biblical truths, animated humor and cultural relativity. Beyond the pulpit and into their city, Scott and Cindy were awarded the Keys to the City of Lakeland by Mayor Gow Fields for the impact of their local leadership, humanitarian and community-wide endeavors.

Scott is a twenty-five year student of Hebraic studies and an avid supporter of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. He has been a member of Christians United for Israelsince its inception and has served as the CUFI Florida State Director since 2008. Scott and Cindy were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Jewish National Fundfor their pro-Israel efforts and impact throughout Central Florida and Israel in 2008. He has led numerous tours to Israel, hosted multiple pro-Israel rallies and is a noted speaker for various Jewish organizations throughout Florida. Scott serves on the Board of Directors for Operation LifeShield, an Israeli-based company that manufactures and places above-ground bomb shelters in terror-threatened communities throughout Israel.

Scott is a certified life coach and holds the following degrees: a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Master’s in Biblical Studies, and has a Doctorate of Divinity.

Scott and Cindy have been married for twenty-four years and have a son, Caleb, who is married to their new daughter, Elizabeth.