Christina Forrester – Executive Director/Founder
Christina Forrester is the Executive Director and Founder of Christian Democrats of America and the #ChristiansAgainstHate movement. She is the granddaughter of pioneer evangelist and minister Mary Love Cornell, one of America’s first traveling female evangelists whose message was one of love, compassion, and social justice. She’s also the daughter of evangelical pastors who actively help feed, clothe, and assist in the many needs of thousands every year at their church in Arizona. With such a solid foundation of growing up in a ministry serving the poor and hurting, Christina, practically since she was able to walk and talk, has been involved in ministry.
Christina was a youth pastor for three years, Praise and Worship Leader for ten years, a Deacon and Elder for a combined ten years– and that was all before the age of 25. After seeing the tremendous void in the public square of any type of community for Christians who were also Progressives or Democrats, Christina started Christian Democrats as a blog during the 2006 elections. Since then it has grown into a national movement giving Christian Democrats in America a national voice, where there was none. The movement has grown through Christina’s social media efforts, grassroots involvement in political campaigns and the “What Are Your Values?” campaign, which was inspired by Christina’s music video of a song she wrote by the same name. She was a guest panelist at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, has appeared on PBS, CNN Radio, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), is a contributing writer for BlogHer and the Huffington Post.
Christina is also a social media strategist, CEO of KISS Social Media Marketing, and a singer/songwriter/musician. She spends her time between D.C., Nashville, Los Angeles and Phoenix. She is also the mother of very spoiled Papillon and Pomeranian rescues, Sadie and Zippy. She holds a BA in Psychology from Arizona State University and is currently finishing a Master’s in Liberal Arts media program at ASU. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.
Jessica Forrester – Chief Operations Officer
Jessica Forrester is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Christian Democrats of America and has over 15 years’ experience in high business performance, marketing, non-profit work and social justice advocacy.
She was the co-director of an organization that worked with the Australian Federal Government to re-skill the long-term unemployed and was successful in obtaining multi-million dollar federal grants. While still living in Australia she was one of the Praise and Worship leaders of her church and the Youth Leader for over five years. Upon coming to the United States, she focused on her education, which included studying Molecular Biology at Arizona State University. She worked for seven years as a science researcher in the molecular biology field for research facilities at Arizona State University including The Biodesign Institute and became a published peer-reviewed journal writer multiple times. Since becoming the COO of Christian Democrats of America, she has aided in growing the CDA community to over 50,000 members nationwide, is a blog contributor, social media and business consultant for the organization, and manages the fund-raising efforts to further grow the community.
Jessica is Christina Forrester’s “Australian spiritual sister.” The two met as teenagers and through a series of God-led events, Jessica moved to the United States and became an official member of the Forrester’s family and ministry in 2008. She is the President of KISS Social Media Marketing and currently resides in Chandler, Arizona. You can connect with Jessica on LinkedIn and Twitter.
CDA Advisory Board
Raoul Davis is the CEO of Ascendant Group Branding, a PR and Branding firm that specializes in strategic direction for Fortune 500 and 50 companies and public figures. He has developed a reputation for effectively setting public figures, CEOs, and their companies apart from their competitors by “thinking without a box.” Raoul has built a private executive client list that includes Fortune 50 executives, multimillionaire entrepreneurs, major media personalities and NY Times Best-Selling Authors. With his strategic leadership, the company has helped clients generate multimillion dollar business deals, speak at Ivy League institutions, receive invitations for White House sponsored events and secure media in the NY Times, ABC’s 20/20, the Steve Harvey Morning Show and The Wall Street Journal. Prior to joining Ascendant, he held management positions with Paramount, Speakers Etcetera (a West Coast communications firm and speaker’s bureau), and the General Wesley Clark for President Campaign. Raoul obtained his masters degree in Public Administration at the prestigious University of Delaware School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, one of the top-ranking schools in public policy. In 2011 Raoul was one of 150 entrepreneurs selected to participate in a small business economics forum at the White House, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and U.S. Senate.
John Salmons is a former NBA player who played opposite Derrick Rose for several seasons as a shooting guard with the Chicago Bulls where he averaged 18 points a game. Salmons also played with the 76ers, Bucks, Kings, Raptors, and most recently (2014-2015) with the Pelicans. Salmons ranks in the top 10% of all time scorers in the history of the NBA/ABA. As a social engineer, Salmons focuses on many business and social initiatives that make a significant impact. He owns several MidiCi Pizza franchises and is an adviser for Three Squared Inc, a leader in innovative real estate construction.
Salmons is focused on bringing his 3D formula of Desire + Diversity + Discipline to the entrepreneurial world just as he brought it to every moment on the court. His entrepreneurial ambitions are the NBA equivalent of playing all five positions. His mission is to build the kind of off-the-court Empire that leverages his passions in technology, entertainment, fashion, real estate, publishing, and franchise ownership, while providing tomorrow’s leaders with opportunities for expanding their worldview. He accomplishes his goals through advising, promoting, and investing in businesses and engaging in philanthropic endeavors in the world of advocacy, grassroots organizations, and serving as a mentor for youth development programs.
John is a graduate of the University of Miami and currently pursuing his EMBA for Artists and Athletes from the University of Miami’s School of Business. He and his wife, Taniesha K. Salmons, Esq., have four children and live in the Philadelphia area.
LINDA SEGER, Th.D., is a theologian, author and speaker with degrees in English, Drama and Theology. She
comes from a long line of Lutherans who were theologians, ministers and missionaries. She’s a Christian, a Democrat and lives in Cascade, Colorado.
Dr. Linda Seger is the author of Jesus Rode a Donkey: Why Millions of Christians are Democrats. She is available for media interviews, speaking engagements, radio shows and podcasts
Pastor Dave Forrester
Pastor Forrester has been in full time ministry since 1973. He has pastored at Wings of Life Worship Center during this time and has travelled, preaching and performing music as well. David is also a musician and songwriter, and President of Sonlite Productions, which produces family-friendly community entertainment events. Pastor Forrester is an activist for the poor and social justice causes, as is reflected in the food, clothing and outreach ministries of the church he pastors in Apache Junction, AZ. He recently completed an 8-part sermon series on “The Christian’s Response,” which addresses how the Christian community needs to respond to relevant social issues. Follow Pastor Dave on Twitter @PasForrester