The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is state’s leading conservative policy group lobbying on behalf of faith, family and freedom during the legislative session each year in Charleston.
We work on behalf of the citizens of West Virginia to positively influence state laws, state lawmakers and state elections to defend the constitutional right of religious freedom for our families and churches.
Phil Suiter, Ph.D.
Dr. Phil Suiter is one of the founders of The Family Policy Council of West Virginia, the state’s leading faith-based public policy organization defending the constitutional right of religious freedom for families and churches. The group is affiliated with the international radio ministry Focus on the Family and CitizenLink.
Also a board member of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia since its inception, Suiter will now also be functioning as an integral constituent in strategic lobbying efforts during the upcoming legislative sessions. He also currently serves on the boards of the American Association of Christian Schools, Appalachian Bible College, Campus Light Ministries.
Dr. Suiter has over 55 years of experience in educational instruction and administration and currently serves as an education consultant to several school districts across the nation. He led the movement to bring Christian education to West Virginia and wrote a corresponding book about private Christian education in the United States titled, A Scent of Water. Suiter is an accomplished author, as he has also been published in several academic journals and is currently working on a second book focused on the role of the Christian school principal.
On November 1, 2013 Allen Whitt took over as the President of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia. The Family Policy Council is the state’s leading faith-based public policy organization defending the constitutional right of religious freedom for families and churches. They are affiliated with the international radio ministry Focus on the Family and CitizenLink.
President Whitt is the successor to Jeremy Dys who pioneered the post for six years. Dys, now Senior Counsel for the Liberty Institute based in Dallas, TX, continues the fight for freedom by litigating cases to restore religious liberty according to the vision of the founding fathers.
Whitt is a former media writer and consultant for Dr. Billy Graham. He also served as Assistant to the President for Dr. James Dobson while at Focus on the Family. Prior to returning home to Appalachia he won several pro-life and pro-family legislative victories in his roll as the Director of Policy for Montana’s family policy council. He now heads West Virginia’s efforts to faithfully influence West Virginia’s laws, lawmakers and state elections.
Whitt grew up southwest of Mingo County. He was born to a Scotch-Irish mother and to a father who now has 45 years at the same fossil fuels chemical plant. Allen was a high school state champion hurdler and was nationally ranked in the Decathlon. He competed for Auburn University alongside Bo Jackson in the Southeastern Conference.