Foundations of American Leadership Series

Continuing with the pursuit of teaching the next generation of American Leaders, the Institute for Faith & Freedom hosts a quarterly luncheon program:Foundations of American Leadership Series. These talks, held at the Rivers Club in Pittsburgh, PA, highlight some of the most important American leaders throughout our nation’s storied history. Talks have ranged from Benjamin Franklin to Whittaker Chambers and from Bill Clinton to James Madison. These talks provide a valuable forum for the Institute for Faith & Freedom to discuss important figures that stood for the same principles that the Institute seeks to espouse. The series has drawn hundreds of guests and features prominent scholars and thought leaders from across the country. At the Institute for Faith & Freedom, we view a love for truth and a love for liberty as inseparable allies. Liberty cannot long flourish in the absence of truth, and truth is not affirmed where liberty denied. In fact, America’s extraordinary achievement lies in the essential combination of both truth and liberty. Providing the popular Foundations of American Leadership Series fosters an environment for the study of liberty and truth in the lives of historic figures. Please consider joining us for our next Foundations of American Leadership Series. And we invite you to browse our archives of past lectures as well. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Churchill, FDR, and Ike: Lessons in Leadership and Faith from Partners Who Won World War II

Dr. Gary S. Smith

Rivers Club — Pittsburgh, PA

December 3, 2019 12:00 – 1:00 PM

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Three towering figures—Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Dwight D. Eisenhower—played a major role in the Allied victory in World War II. Without their inspiring leadership, the Allies might not have triumphed. While Roosevelt and Eisenhower were more vocal about their personal faith than Churchill, all three men invoked God’s presence, power, and provision to defeat the Axis Powers. Their leadership styles, though quite different, were all very effective and can teach us about how to promote truth, justice, and righteousness in the twentieth-first century.

Register here online or contact Brenda Vinton at [email protected] or (724) 450-1541. Please bring a friend. Registration deadline is December 2 at 3 p.m. The cost of lunch is $25.

Gary S. Smith retired in 2017 after teaching for 39 years at Grove City College, chairing the History Department and coordinating the humanities core. He was recently granted the title of Emeritus Professor, the first time in College history that the honor has been bestowed.

He is a fellow for Faith & Politics with the Institute for Faith & Freedom. Smith has authored or edited 12 books, including Religion in the Oval Office: The Religious Lives of American Presidents (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Suffer the Children: What We Can to Do to Improve the Lives of the World’s Impoverished Children (2017), co-authored with his wife Jane Smith. His latest book is A History of Christianity in Pittsburgh (2019).

Gary is currently a parish associate at Saint Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, North Carolina. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Grove City College, a master’s degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a master’s and doctorate in American history at Johns Hopkins University.

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