CRE STAFF

Working are CRE is more than a job; it is a calling. It is our honor to serve God’s people.  

Nate Kellum

Founder & Chief Counsel

Nate Kellum is the Founder and Chief Counsel of the Center for Religious Expression. Previously, Nate served as Senior Counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, and before that, he was Litigation Counsel for the American Family Association.

Nate has defended religious liberty in courtrooms in virtually every state in the country for over three decades, appearing before numerous federal appellate courts, and winning many landmark decisions. He is also a constitutional scholar, authoring two published law review articles.

A sought-after speaker, Nate has appeared on numerous national television and radio shows, including Hannity, Heartland, Big Story, Fox and Friends, Michael Medvev show, and the Hugh Hewitt show. He has been frequently quoted in major print media, like Time magazine, National Review, Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today. Nate has also written many op-eds and articles for various media outlets, including Townhall, American Thinker, One News Now, and the Christian Post.

Nate earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi, graduating with honors in 1988. He is admitted to the bar in Tennessee and Mississippi, and he resides in Memphis, Tennessee, with his wife, Lori, and their five children, Sarah Frances, Abbay, Wesley, Holland, and Anne Harper.

Nate Kellum, Esq. Nate Kellum is  the Founder and Chief Counsel of the Center For Religious Expression. Previously, Nate served as Senior Counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, and before that, he was Litigation Counsel for the American Family Association.

Nate has defended religious liberty in courtrooms all across the country for three decades, handling almost 40 appeals before various federal appellate courts, and winning numerous landmark decisions. He is also a constitutional scholar, authoring two published law review articles.  

A sought-after speaker, Nate has appeared on numerous national television and radio shows, including Hannity, Heartland, Big Story, Fox and Friends, Michael Medvev show, and the Hugh Hewitt show. He has been frequently quoted in major print media, like Time magazine, National Review, Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today.  Nate has also written many op-eds and articles for various media outlets, including Townhall, American Thinker, One News Now, and is a contributor for the Christian Post. 

Nate earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi, graduating with honors in 1988.  He is admitted to the bar in Tennessee, Mississippi, and numerous federal appellate courts. He resides in Memphis, Tennessee, with his wife, Lori, and their five children, Sarah Frances, Abbay, Wesley, Holland, and Anne Harper.

Josh Davis

Executive Director

Josh, a lifelong Memphian, graduated from Briarcrest Christian School and later attended the University of Mississippi. He and his wife Jan recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters and sons-in-law, Will and Kristin Frazier, Philip and Lauren Albertine, and a grandson Davis Frazier.

In the early 80’s Josh joined his wife’s family business, Stringers Garden Centers, and remained with Stringers for over 20 years. Towards the end of his career at Stringers, Josh felt God’s specific call to use his gifts and connections to advance the cause of Christ through local ministry.

First, Josh accepted the position of Shelby County Director for Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT). While serving in this capacity, his eyes were opened to two things that would become lifelong passions for him: freedom of speech issues as it relates to Christians and giving other believers the joy of participating in the work God is doing through generosity.

After leaving FACT, Josh became the Director of Development for Christ Community Health Services (CCHS) and later as Director of Development at Briarcrest Christian School (BCS). He was at BCS for six years.

During his tenure at BCS, Josh was invited to be on CRE’s Board of Directors and during this time he was approached about the possibility of serving as CRE’s first Executive Director. Given Josh’s passion for Christian liberty issues and for Christian generosity, he was a natural fit for the work at CRE. Josh eventually accepted God’s call and started his role as CRE’s Executive Director on 10/29/18.

Josh and Jan have been members of Independent Presbyterian Church for over 30 years and he currently serves as a Deacon at IPC. One of his favorite Bible verses is John 18:37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a King?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

Josh, a lifelong Memphian, graduated from Briarcrest Christian School and later attended the University of Mississippi. He and his wife Jan recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters and sons-in-law, Will and Kristin Frazier, Philip and Lauren Albertine, and a grandson Davis Frazier.

In the early 80’s Josh joined his wife’s family business, Stringers Garden Centers, and remained with Stringers for over 20 years. Towards the end of his career at Stringers, Josh felt God’s specific call to use his gifts and connections to advance the cause of Christ through local ministry. 

First, Josh accepted the position of Shelby County Director for Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT). While serving in this capacity, his eyes were opened to two things that would become lifelong passions for him: freedom of speech issues as it relates to Christians and giving other believers the joy of participating in the work God is doing through generosity.

After leaving FACT, Josh became the Director of Development for Christ Community Health Services (CCHS) and later as Director of Development at Briarcrest Christian School (BCS). He was at BCS for six years.

During his tenure at BCS, Josh was invited to be on CRE’s Board of Directors and during this time he was approached about the possibility of serving as CRE’s first Executive Director. Given Josh’s passion for Christian liberty issues and for Christian generosity, he was a natural fit for the work at CRE. Josh eventually accepted God’s call and started his role as CRE’s Executive Director on 10/29/18.

Josh and Jan have been members of Independent Presbyterian Church for over 30 years and he currently serves as a Deacon at IPC.  One of his favorite Bible verses is John 18:37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a King?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

Tony Mangini

Staff Counsel

Tony was raised in Collierville and graduated from Collierville High School in 2007. After high school he went to Liberty University and graduated from there in 2011. He then came back to Memphis and got his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2014. While in law school Tony participated in a legal externship in which he clerked for Magistrate Judge Pham of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. In 2015 Tony began working at CRE.

When Tony was young his mom said he was good at arguing and said he should become a lawyer. Tony asked her if he could do that as a Christian and she said yes. So, it became his goal to do some kind of Christian legal defense.

Tony and his wife Heidi have a son (Jason) and a daughter (Aella).

Tony was raised in Collierville and graduated from Collierville High School in 2007. After high school he went to Liberty University and graduated from there in 2011. He then came back to Memphis and got his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2014. While in law school Tony participated in a legal externship in which he clerked for Magistrate Judge Pham of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. In 2015 Tony began working at CRE.

When Tony was young his mom said he was good at arguing and said he should become a lawyer. Tony asked her if he could do that as a Christian and she said yes. So, it became his goal to do some kind of Christian legal defense.

Tony and his wife Heidi have a son (Jason) and a daughter (Aella).  

Joanna Young

Legal Assistant/Office Manager

Joanna Young grew up in Germantown, TN where she graduated from Germantown High School and attended Ouachita Baptist University.

In October 2003, Joanna came to work for Nate Kellum and, soon after, joined Nate in opening the Memphis office of Alliance Defense Fund. While with ADF she served as legal assistant for several attorneys for 9 years before joining Center for Religious Expression in 2012.

Joanna married Bob Young in July 1994. They have 2 children, GraceAnn and Tucker. She is actively involved with her church, Fellowship Memphis. Joanna enjoys serving at her childrens’ school through the PTO; attending her childrens’ sporting events; entertaining guests in her home; spending time with her family on the Tennessee River, their backyard pool or the beach; and serving Germantown’s Police and Fire Departments through Cop Stop, the ministry she and her husband started.

Joanna Young grew up in Germantown, TN where she graduated from Germantown High School and attended Ouachita Baptist University.

In October 2003, Joanna to work for Nate Kellum and, soon after, joined Nate in opening the Memphis office of Alliance Defense Fund. While with ADF she served as legal assistant for several attorneys for 9 years before joining Center for Religious Expression in 2012.

Joanna married to Bob Young in July 1994. They have 2 children, GraceAnn and Tucker. She is actively involved with her church, Fellowship Memphis. Joanna enjoys serving at her childrens’ school through the PTO; attending her childrens’ sporting events; entertaining guests in her home; spending time with her family on the Tennessee River, their backyard pool or the beach; and serving Germantown’s Police and Fire Departments through Cop Stop, the ministry she and her husband started.

OUR BOARD

Nate Kellum

Chief Counsel

Bryan Hawkins

Principal at Magnolia Brick and Architectural Products, LLC

Preston Klinke

Principal at Klinke Bros. Ice Cream

Pat McClerkin

Christian radio show host

Adrian Yelverton

Executive Senior Sales Consultant, KLS Martin LP

NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

Tim Wildmon

President of American Family Association

Dick Bott, Sr.

Founder of Bott Radio Network

Kyle Rote, Jr.

Founder of Athletic Resource Management,
former sports broadcaster and
professional soccer player