Chris Long is the President of Ohio Christian Alliance. Before accepting the presidency of OCA, he pastored for a number of years in Northeastern Ohio.
Having taught his congregations the importance of civic responsibility, Chris himself ran for public office for City Council in 1999, and was the Republican candidate for the 47th Ohio House seat in 2000. He also served as an advisor to the Stow Citizens Committee that fought a challenge by the ACLU which threatened the City of Stow with a lawsuit which stated that the city seal which contained a Christian cross and open Bible was unconstitutional.
Under Chris’s leadership for the past ten years, the Ohio Christian Alliance (formerly the Christian Coalition of Ohio) has surveyed federal and state candidates and published the results in a educational voter guide - producing, printing, and distributing more than 7 million of the voter guides over the past 8 years. The voter guides are distributed to thousands of Ohio churches through a network of volunteers in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. OCA also conducts candidate forums and produces a Congressional scorecard. Citizenship Sundays are conducted for non-partisan voter registration efforts, encouraging people of faith to register and voter.
Legislative successes through Chris’s leadership include the raising of Ohio’s adoption tax credit from $500 to $1500, the Ohio Choose Life License Plate, working for the passage of Ohio’s Defense of Marriage Act, and most recently the initiation and passage of The Founding of America Documents Bill which now requires the study of our nation’s founding documents in all of Ohio schools, grades 5-12, including The U.S. Constitution with an emphasis on The Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Independence, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, The Northwest Ordinance, and The Ohio Constitution.
OCA’s most recent legislative effort to add FDR’s D-Day Landing Prayer to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. was initiated by Chris in collaboration with Congressman Bill Johnson (OH-6). The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 386-26. It was then introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Rob Portman of Ohio and Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. It now has 22 Senate co-sponsors and is in the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
The Alliance's work in educating the values voter has garnered the interest of international publications, including the Guardian of London, the Wall Street Journal, ABC of Australia, and ABC World News Tonight.
|OCA President Chris Long presenting a copy of The Ten Commandments to former Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum in February 2012 at the OCA Freedom Luncheon
Currently Chris lobbies in Columbus and in Washington for pro-life, pro-family legislation and teaches Christian statesmanship. Nationally he is in demand as a speaker and radio guest. He and his wife Silvia have eight children and reside in Northeastern Ohio.
If you would like to invite Ohio Christian Alliance President Chris Long to come speak to your church, organization or community gathering on issues important to Christians across the state of Ohio, please use our contact form or call him at:330-887-1922