John is the new Executive Director
for Ratio Christi International
Intelligent Faith Conference
in Cedar Rapids, IA
by John Mark Stewart
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About Laurie Stewart
Laurie Stewart is an attorney, mediator, and event speaker. She earned her J.D. from Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California, and her B.A. from California State University Fullerton. She is currently working on a Masters Degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Laurie is licensed to practice law in California and in Iowa.
Trained in conflict coaching, mediation, and arbitration, Laurie assists parties in negotiating to resolve disputes. She currently serves on the Iowa Supreme Court Family Law Task Force ADR Work Group and is on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Association of Mediators. Laurie is on the roster of mediators for the 4th and 5th Judicial District in the State of Iowa. She is a candidate to become a certified Christian Conciliator to help those who want to resolve their disputes using biblical principles. Laurie teaches seminars to groups all over the world on conflict resolution.
As a trial attorney, Laurie has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of civil matters, including defending religious liberty and traditional values. She has worked with several public interest groups, including Alliance Defending Freedom, Pacific Justice Institute, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, and Center for Individual Freedom. In 2006, she received the C. William Carlson award from Pacific Justice Institute for her “exceptional level of integrity and commitment.” In 2008, Laurie was a guest speaker on the marriage issue at law schools and town hall meetings, and featured in a documentary on the marriage issue called “Marriage Matters to Kids” (www.marriagematterstokids.org)
Laurie and her husband John founded Rolling Stone Ministries, an international organization committed to training Christian leaders. She is a frequent speaker at universities, churches, seminars, conferences and women’s groups. Since 2007, Laurie and John have traveled to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East many times to teach and train leaders.
Laurie has published several articles, including Reviving Religious Liberty in America (2003) 8 Nexus J. Op. 151, which is an historical examination of the First Amendment establishment clause and the original intent of the framers of the United States Constitution. Through Chapman University School of Law, Laurie taught legal research to law students, and supervised summer Blackstone Fellows. In California, Laurie served on the board of the Orange County chapter of the Federalist Society, Orange County Women Lawyers and Marketplace Women of Orange County. She currently sits on the board of Camp Berachah and Rolling Stone Ministries.
Laurie is a former self-proclaimed liberal feminist. Now she inspires, engages and challenges women to re-evaluate the assumptions and presuppositions thrust upon them by the post-modern culture. Her diversified background includes acting and producing theatre, and training hundreds of consultants as a sales director for a Fortune 500 Company. Laurie and John, who are from Iowa and California respectively, currently reside in Iowa when they are not traveling. Their grown daughters live in California and Nevada.