Speakers' Biographies

James Lansberry is vice president of the Public Policy Department at Samaritan Ministries International and also serves as president of the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries.  Lansberry's areas of expertise are health care economics, general bioethics and health care public policy. He has  a particular interest in seeing Christians practice Biblical community with regard to their health care. He believes that many of the challenges facing us in the current health care crisis could be resolved by the application of biblical principles. Leadership in initiating the application of sound biblical truth is desperately needed and must come from the Christian community.  He also believes that Christians should speak out on abortion, stem cell research, and matters of conscience in the health care field.  

Lansberry's media resume is extensive. He has been a guest on dozens of radio programs, including "The G. Gordon Liddy Show," "Crosstalk America," and "The Laurie Roth Show." He has also appeared on "The CBS Evening News" and Fox Business Network and has been interviewed for the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report, and spoken at the Christian Leadership Alliance training institute. James has had articles published in Heritage Forum, the Journal of Modern Ministry, and Every Thought Captive. He and his wife, Theresa, have been married 14 years and are the parents of six children: Moriah, Samuel, Toby, Elsie, Peter, and Margary.


Franklin E. (Ed) Payne, M.D. served on the faculty for 25 years at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta where he retired as Associate Professor of Family Medicine in 2000. He then worked for five years in the Emergency Department at Fort Gordon, Georgia, retiring from there in 2006. In 1980, he began writing in medical ethics, co-founding a journal, two newsletters, a website www.bmei.org, six books, and numerous articles and lectures for various Christian and secular organizations. In 2007, he expanded the same principles of medical ethics into a website www.biblicalworldview21.org and the book God Confronts Culture: The Almost Complete Biblical and Christian Worldview. His new website is www.biblicalphilosophy.org. He and his wife Jeanne have four children and ten grandchildren. 


Timothy Terrell is an associate professor of economics at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he has taught since 2000. Dr. Terrell obtained his Ph.D. in economics from Auburn University in 1998, following an M.A. in economics from Clemson University. He has written on environmental regulation, economic policy, and the ethics of markets in journals like the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, the Journal of Markets and Morality, and the Duke Environmental Law Policy Forum. Dr. Terrell has also written dozens of op-eds and edited or contributed to several books. He is an adjunct scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, where he serves on the editorial staff of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, and has lectured on ethics and economic policy at four universities in Europe. Dr. Terrell also maintains an economic consultancy and is a partner in a Spartanburg-area real estate investment firm. He lives near Greenville with his three children.