Our CSW-USA team


Our small team has a big vision! We want to see a world free from religious persecution, where everyone can practise a religion or belief of their choice. We come from many different backgrounds and church traditions, and supported by a passionate, diverse and talented board of trustees, together we champion the cause of religious freedom globally. 

Mervyn Thomas CMG, Founder President

Our Founder President needs little introduction. Mervyn founded CSW over 40 years ago and has been engaging parliamentarians, government ministers and church leaders ever since. 

Mervyn also sits on the board of our CSW-USA trustee team. 

Darren Adwalpalker, President of CSW-USA

Darren Adwalpalker is the president of CSW-USA. He is a missions pastor at Highland Park Community Church in Casper, Wyoming. He oversees local community partnerships in his city as well as global partners in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

Anna Lee Stangl, Head of Advocacy

Anna Lee is based in Washington, DC, is the joint Head of Advocacy and also leads the Latin America Team. She has been with CSW for over 20 years and led our EU Liaison office in Brussels for the first 11 of those. Anna-Lee created a basic training course on recognizing, documenting and carrying out advocacy on FoRB; these materials have been adapted and expanded for capacity building with in country partners around the world. 

Becky Lussier, Administrative Assistant 

Becky's compassionate and servant-hearted nature, combined with her gift for administration and organizational skills, make her the perfect person to deal with our day-to-day communications with supporters and donors. Becky has been a valued part of the team since 2006. 

Pablo Vargas, Country Director, Mexico

Pablo leads CSW’s work in Mexico advocating for religious minorities domestically and engaging churches, individuals and communities to build awareness and support for freedom of religion and belief in Mexico and beyond.

Board of Trustees

Darren Adwalpalker, Chair

Betsy Vignieri

Maria Steele

Mervyn Thomas

#2 Our principles

We believe no one should suffer discrimination, harassment or persecution because of their beliefs