Highschool students 13-19 years of age
Entering 9th grade or have just completed 12th grade
In the House Track, first-time students are sworn-in as members of the House of Representatives. Designed to challenge students to understand and apply biblical principles to current issues, the House Track gives students the chance to wrestle through current issues in a safe environment. Students learn the responsibilities of citizenship and engage in activities that build the skills of critical thinking, teamwork, and public speaking.
LEAD Alumni who are entering 10th grade or have just completed 12th grade
This advanced track takes the challenge a step farther by allowing students to amend their bills, both in committee and during the mock legislative session. The amendment process is challenging and involves plenty of strategy. Teamwork, critical thinking and debate skills are developed even more as students learn to work from all sides of an issue.
Third Year Alumni or Alumni Upper Classmen
Submit the Media Application after completing initial registration (online or mail-in). This application will be emailed to students who select the Media Track in their registration.
In the Media Track, students role-play as journalists and TV reporters, covering all the highlights of LEAD. Media students learn to conduct interviews with VIP’s, such as MN Representatives and MN Senators. Their work is printed in a daily newspaper and aired in 2-3 broadcasts during the week.
Anthony Weber - In addition to being a pastor for the past 15 years, Anthony Weber was an English, Logic, and Comparative Worldviews teacher at Traverse City Christian school from 1997 until 2017. He currently teaches a Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas class at Northwestern Michigan College and a Biblical Perspectives class for Spring Arbor University in addition to his pastoral work.
Much of Anthony’s life revolves around seeking to engage a wide variety of people in conversation that is bold, honest and true when it comes to issues of life: God, morality, politics, the church, etc. Anthony blogs on entertainment and worldview issues at empiresandmangers.blogspot.com; he podcasts with Beth Milligan, a journalist and friend, at etceteratc.blogspot.com (on Soundcloud, it’s Etcetera Podcast).
Anthony's hobbies are trying to lift too much at the gym, drinking coffee, writing, reading, and ineffectively trying to avoid arguments on Facebook. Anthony and his wife, Sheila, have been married 29 years and have three boys: AJ (23), Braden (19), and Vincent (14).
James Muffett - Founder and President of the LEAD program in Michigan, James has been active in the MI public arena for over 30 years. Married to Margot since 1979, father of 5, former pastor, nationally recognized spokesperson for biblical values, statewide organizational leader, and passionate citizen – he brings a vibrant vision to Michigan’s cultural landscape. His perspective on how the Bible, history of our nation, current times, and future tie together inspires everyone, leading to effective cultural engagement. James’ bucket list includes visiting a LEAD alum in the Oval Office.
Charity Malick – Charity hails from Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she grew up with her 3 younger brothers and 3 younger sisters. She graduated from her living room classroom in 2000. Charity, a LEAD Alumnus, argued so well for a bill on mandatory testing for homeschoolers, that her parents informed her that she was walking home afterwards. She was one of the first ADCs and also a gluten for punishment, came back as a chaperone (and loves every minute of it). Charity has worked with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for 12 years and currently is the program director YWAM Colorado@Cimarron. She has trained and encouraged young people from all over the world and has traveled to 6% of the world. Her two main ministries in life is to point people to Jesus and to love & encourage people.
Senator Dan Hall – Senator Dan Hall has been in the Minnesota Senate 9 years, representing District 56 (which is most of Burnsville, all of Savage, and a small portion of Lakeville. Dan and his wife Valerie have raised their eight children (ages range from 22-44), and now have 14 grandchildren. Dan grew up in south Minneapolis attending Roosevelt High School and Augsburg College (where Dan was Augsburg’s first Hockey All-American). He has been an Evangelical minister for over 30 years, former teacher and principal, chaplain for the metro Police Departments, and now works for our Minnesota Senate. Senator Hall may be most known for his stand in support of Religious Freedom, and has been quoted on the Floor during the Traditional Marriage debate, saying, “Some have said, ‘But don’t you want to be on the right side of history?’ The truth is I’m more concerned about being on the right side of eternity.”
Senator Karin Housley - Karin Housley was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016. She represents District 39, which includes the Forest Lake area and communities along the St. Croix River Valley, and serves as Assistant Majority Leader. In the state legislature, Karin has become known for her passionate advocacy for seniors, veterans, and families. She currently serves as chairwoman of the Senate Family Care and Aging Committee.
Rev. Dale Witherington - Dale is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ driven to partner with fellow believers for one purpose – to restore righteousness in the State of Minnesota through spiritual and civic transformation based on the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a pastor to our state legislators, Dale serves them as the State Director of the Minnesota Prayer Caucus and functions as the Chief Steward of Restore Minnesota. Dale travels throughout Minnesota speaking in churches and to business leaders and civic groups on behalf of Minnesota Family Council & Minnesota Family Institute as the Director of Community Engagement. His topics include: Biblical Citizenship, The Biblical Foundations of the United States, Celebrate America, America at a Crossroads, as well as issues related to specific arenas of national security. Dale and his wife, Sue, reside near the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul and enjoy the families of their 3 sons and one daughter, which now include 6 grandchildren.
Representative Tony Albright - Tony Albright is a business strategy consultant and President of Hansen Engine Corporation. Prior to accepting the position of President at HEC, Albright spent 25 years as an investment advisor, specializing in trustee/fiduciary issues related to corporate pension planning. In December 2018, Representative Albright was elected Assistant Minority Leader by the House Republican Caucus, and was appointed to a second term as Speaker Pro Tempore, He is currently serving his fourth-term. Representative Albright acts as Minority Lead on State Government Finance and as the ranking member of the Health & Human Services Policy Committee. He also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Rules and Administration.
Albright is a graduate of Minnesota State University – Moorhead, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Marketing. He is married and has three adult children. When not fulfilling his duties in the Minnesota Legislature or his position in the private sector, Albright volunteers for a number of charitable organizations.
LEAD would not be possible without volunteers who generously donate their time and energy. If you would like to help us invest in the next generation by volunteering as a Chaperone or ADC, please download the LEAD Volunteer Application and mail it to our office:
Minnesota Family Institute
2855 Anthony Lane S – Suite 150
Minneapolis, MN 55418