Craig Parshall is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), a national association representing the interests of more than 1,200 Christian broadcasters and media ministries. NRB has the primary mission of advancing biblical truth, promoting media excellence, and defending free speech. As Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Craig heads the Office of General Counsel, and handles the internal legal issues for NRB, as well as external legal, regulatory, and constitutional issues that implicate NRB’s mission to maximize freedoms for Christian broadcasters and communicators. Craig is also the Director of NRB’s John Milton Project for Free Speech, which monitors the threat of censorship on new media platforms like Apple’s iTunes App Store, Facebook, and Google.
Prior to coming to NRB, as a civil liberties attorney, Craig represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal District Courts and Courts of Appeal in Washington, Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, Des Moines, Philadelphia, Denver, Dallas, and Richmond, and has argued religious liberty cases before the state supreme courts of Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Maryland. Craig has been a guest on numerous media outlets, including Fox News, NBC’s Today Show, CNN, CBS radio, C-SPAN, PBS, NPR, and Court TV. His cases have been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Boston Globe, The National Law Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Milwaukee Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and The Des Moines Register, among others.
While working with NRB, Craig has testified numerous times in both the House and the Senate on religious freedom issues and before the Federal Communications Commission, where he advocated NRB's position on the future of media and where he presented NRB’s position regarding FCC rule changes for non-commercial broadcasters. Craig worked with Senate leaders, and in particular Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), in drafting a religious freedom amendment designed to protect faith-based communicators from being wrongly prosecuted under the new federal hate crimes law. That amendment was part of legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama.
Craig’s work as a New York Times best-selling novelist has received critical acclaim from Publishers Weekly, numerous fiction reviews, and film insiders like Hollywood producer/director Ken Wales. He has published 11 suspense novels, his most recent, Mark of Evil, with co-author and Left Behind author Tim LaHaye. Craig is a frequent speaker on issues of faith, public policy, and biblical worldview. He has debated organizations including the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as atheist groups. He has addressed a wide divergence of venues, from legal and public policy events in the Washington, DC-area to debating movie directors in Hollywood on the role of violence in cinema. Craig is a member of Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders in America. He is married to nationally-syndicated Christian radio broadcaster Janet Parshall.