Ethics & Religious Liberty (ERLC)

Letter from Brian Hobbs

Thank you for visiting the Ethics & Religious Liberty Committee (ERLC) home page. In these challenges times within the culture, how can Christians make an impact with the Gospel?

Many churches in Oklahoma have established an ERLC committee or contact within their congregation, to help make them aware of critical moral and ethical issues that affect Christian life.

At the state level, Oklahoma’s ERLC Committee, which consists of committee members elected by Oklahoma Baptists annual meeting messengers and select Oklahoma Baptists staff, exists to alert and serve as a resource for Oklahoma’s Southern Baptist Churches and Associations regarding moral and ethical issues that affect families, churches, communities and the nation.

We sincerely hope this web page offers resources to your church that are edifying and useful. We would love to serve with you and stand ready to assist your church.

Sincerely in Christ


Brian Hobbs
Editor, Baptist Messenger
ERLC Committee Liaison for Oklahoma Baptists

Contact Your Legislator

Gather phone numbers, email addresses and other information about Oklahoma legislators on the Web at A directory of Representatives and Senators from any legislator’s office is available at the capital.


If Internet access is unavailable, call:
The House switchboard at:
(405) 521-2711or (800) 522-8502

The Senate switchboard at: (405) 524-0126

Should you write, fax or email a Representative or Senator:

(Your legislator’s name)
Oklahoma State Senate or House
State Capitol Building
2300 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

In order to be effective in influencing legislation, the right people must be contacted in the right way.

Always be polite and identify:

  • who you are
  • where you live
  • your address
  • your phone number

Do this for every form of communication you use – a call, fax or email without this information will be ignored by most legislators. Never cover more than one bill at a time, and be brief, but polite. You may contact a legislature by phone, fax, email or mail, but it is best to use three methods of communication. By contacting a legislator and key people, (such as committee chairs and members and conferees) a powerful message is sent that a certain bill or issue is important to Oklahomans. Remember, a non-voter or person who lives outside the legislator’s district carries less weight than a voter who lives in the district, but all communication is important. If the line is busy… do not give up.

Foster Care Grants

Through the generous giving of Oklahoma Baptist churches, we are able to offer grants for foster care ministry in our state, showing the compassionate love of Got to children and families in need.

Rose Day

Each year, hundreds gather at the Capitol at the beginning of the new legislative session to promote and support the lives of unborn babies by meeting with their state senators and representatives and presenting them red roses, which represent the sanctity of the unborn.

Opposing Marijuana Legalization

Even as Oklahoma Baptists continue to provide ministry for those facing substance addictions, we have spoken out strongly against the legalization of recreational marijuana, warning the drugs leave “neighborhoods and schools vulnerable for exploitation.”

Sanctity of Life Sunday

As Southern Baptists, we have strongly held beliefs, grounded in Scripture, regarding the sanctity and value of all human life. We believe every person’s life, from conception to natural death, is created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27).


On Tuesday, March 7—three months from today—Oklahoma voters will have the opportunity to kick a cultural bad habit to the curb before it starts. To be specific, voters will consider State Question 820, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in our state. For a host of reasons, voters should reject SQ 820.

Other News:

Senate Nixes Religious Liberty Amendments, Approves Same-Sex Marriage

Senate Nixes Religious Liberty Amendments, Approves Same-Sex Marriage

With 12 Republicans joining all Democrats present, the Senate voted 61-36 for the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) after defeating three GOP-offered amendments intended to heighten safeguards for religious liberty. By passing the bill, senators voted to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to require federal and state recognition of any same-sex marriage considered legal in the jurisdiction where it took place… Read More

2023-2024 Committee Members

Mrs. Saundra Burchill

Mrs. Emberly Kincer

Pastor Kevin Moss

Pastor Tristan Martin

Pastor Jim Paslay

Pastor Luke Sills

Pastor Jeremy Smith

Pastor Ryan Smith

Mrs. Mitzi Woodson

ERLC Liaison

Mr. Brian Hobbs

Oklahoma City, OK

OKC, Quail Springs

Ex Officio Board Members

Dr. Todd Fisher

Executive Director-Treasurer

Oklahoma Baptists

Michael Butler

President, Oklahoma Baptists

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