Los Angeles, California – On September 19, 2017, the board of directors of Founders First Freedom, a non-profit organization that promotes religious liberty, voted to merge with ReligiousLiberty.TV, a website dedicated to celebrating liberty of conscience.
Founders First Freedom was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2005 to carry forward the desire of John and Cecil Hedrick and the Hedrick Family Trust to educate the public about religious liberty. In 1981, the Hedricks approached John Stevens, Sr. and told them about their interest in religious freedom and religious ministry. They decided to create an organization to advance the cause. In 1985, they formed the Council for Religious Freedom which eventually turned into Founders First Freedom. In 1986, John Hedrick passed away followed by Cecil Hedrick in 1991. John Stevens, Sr., continued to guide the organization until his death in 2015.
Today, the organization is led by Michael Peabody, who serves as president, vice-president Walter Carson, Glenn Fuller, Kent Hansen, Alice Farley, and Hedrick family attorney Dave Larkin. John Hedrick’s cousin, Betsy Phillips, now in her 100th year, serves as an advisor to the board.
Launched in 2008, ReligiousLiberty.TV is a website featuring breaking news and analysis in the field of religious liberty. The website will continue with its current board of advisors and editorial staff.
Incorporated in 2005, Founders First Freedom is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to foster, uphold, educate and promote the principles of religious liberty in any one or a combination of the following ways:
- By upholding the freedom of personal choice to adopt, not to adopt, or to change a religious belief.
- By upholding the individual’s right to speak in the determination of personal belief and in the advocacy of ideas.
- By upholding and educating individuals in the United States regarding the principle of separation of church and state and the freedom of the press as defined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
- By arousing public opinion concerning the importance of religious liberty as the fundamental human right through education and evangelistic dissemination.
- By educating the public and government representatives through all appropriate means and instrumentalities, including but not limited to publications, radio, television, internet, audio-visual presentations, lectures and seminars regarding the principles of religious liberty and its vulnerability within the United States of America.