About EPEC Worldview

The President


Craig Vincent Mitchell, PhD is a Christian ethicist, economist and engineer.  Currently,  he serves as a Senior Fellow for  the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. In addition, he is a board member for the Institute of Religion and  Democracy. He is a writer, and speaker on Christian ethics and public policy.  Craig has served as a professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2002-2014) and at Criswell College (2014-2017). In addition, Craig has also served as a research fellow for the  Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention from 2005-2014. Finally, Craig served as an USAF officer/ engineer, who tested aircraft and spacecraft (active duty 2 October 1980- 31 December 1992).

He can be reached at  cmitchell@epecusa.com 

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EPEC Leadership

Bryan Slaton, Vice President of Finance


Bryan Slaton  earned bachelor's degrees in youth ministry and speech communication from Ouachita Baptist University, a bachelor's degree in business administration accounting from the University of North Texas, and a master's in divinity degree in biblical languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Slaton’s career experience includes working as a youth and family minister and as co- owner at Slaton Financial Services.

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Kevin Kennedy, PhD; Vice President of Research


Kevin Kennedy has previous experience as an Associate  Professor  of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He can be reached at kkennedy@epecusa.com.

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Ben Arbour, PhD; Vice President of Operations


Ben Arbour  is in charge of all EPEC events. He can be reached at barbour@epecusa.com.

Eric Smith, Vice President for Development


Eric Smith is responsible for EPEC’s Development program.  Eric earned a BBA in Finance and Marketing from Baylor University. After working several years in the banking industry, he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages degree.  He has previous experience as a Development Officer for the Salvation Army.   Before that, Eric has extensive experience in pastoral ministry.  

EPEC Board of Directors

Craig Vincent Mitchell, PhD

Bryan Slaton

Thomas Marvin Reed, PhD

John Haughton


The EPEC Story

We are not just good. We are EPEC!

EPEC began as an idea when Craig  was still a professor at Criswell College.  It became clear to him that something was needed that would staunch the influence of postmodernism  and progressivism .within the Evangelical world.  EPEC subscribes to Reinhold Niebuhr's  Christian Realism, and to the idea of  H. Richard Niebhur's Christ transforming culture.  Further we agree with Abraham Kuyper, who said: ""Oh, no single piece of our mental world is to be hermetically sealed off from the rest, and there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: 'Mine!'" 

The EPEC logo is a simple design with a simple message. It has a cross above a crown, representing the idea that Jesus Christ is above all powers, both natural and  supernatural. The banner with the scripture: Matthew 5:13-16 tells believers to be salt and light in this present world that is stained by sin.

EPEC is a public policy think tank that is independent of a specific religious denomination or political party. Because EPEC is a free and independent worldview and public policy think tank ,  its financial support comes from generous  donors. Please give to make EPEC successful in accomplishing its mission.


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Vision Statement

 To become the premier Evangelical public policy center by reshaping the public debate on ethical and political issues into a more biblically orthodox and truly virtuous direction, away from the spirit of the age and towards the eternal standards of revealed truth. 


Mission Statement

—to educate pastors and lay people about public policy in light of a Christian worldview so that the Church will be salt and light to a fallen world. 



To accomplish this mission, EPEC  will communicate through this website, with articles, blogs and videos. In addition, EPEC will  have conferences , courses and special events to teach Christian worldview and public policy..

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