Our Leaders

Prof. William Wagner
President and CEO

William (@Prof.WWJD) serves as President of Salt & Light Global and Editor-in-Chief of SLG Witness. Together, he and his bride Marilyn home educated their children. Prof. Wagner holds the academic rank of Distinguished Professor Emeritus (Law and Constitutional Governance) where, as a tenured professor, he received the Beattie Award for Teaching Excellence. A frequent speaker at world conferences, Professor Wagner has a special interest in building and preserving environments where Christians may share the Good News of Jesus, free from persecution and oppression.

Professor Wagner’s writing is published a number of articles, books, and other publications, including a national best seller (#1in its category). As lead amicus counsel a variety of matters before the United States Supreme Court, he authored briefs on behalf of various Christian organizations. He also authored written testimony, evidence, and briefs in such forums as the Swedish Supreme Court, the U.S. Congress, and the U.K. Parliament. He has further addressed many executive, legislative, parliamentary, and judicial audiences throughout the world, and presented at various diplomatic forums including the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Professor Wagner previously served in the United States Courts as a federal judge. Prior to his appointment on the federal bench, he served as a legal advisor and the chief American diplomat for the Department of Justice at an American Embassy in Africa. There he led a diplomatic mission charged with strengthening good governance and the rule of law. His international service also includes an appointment by the United States Courts as Commissioner to Canada. Over the years, Professor Wagner has provided international assistance to the justice sector institutions of numerous countries on five continents. Professor Wagner also served as Senior Assistant United States Attorney, litigating hundreds of federal cases and serving as chief of appellate litigation for the Office of the United States Attorney. Prior to serving in the Justice Department, Professor Wagner served as legal counsel in the United States Senate and as chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Michigan legislature. As chief counsel, he supervised all legislative issues involving the separation of powers, due process, and other protections of individual rights and liberties, including the right to free expression and the free exercise of religious conscience.

Professor Wagner received the post-doctoral Danforth Fellowship in Law after earning his J.D. in 1986. He serves, or has served, on the executive governing boards of a number of international and national ministries.



David Kallman
Vice President
David A. Kallman started his general practice law firm in 1982 and has built a successful litigation practice in many areas, including: homeschooling, education law, family law, criminal law, church/state and constitutional law, and administrative law. He has handled cases at every level of the Michigan Court System and has appeared before the Federal District Court and the United States Court of Appeals. He has been the primary attorney utilized by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) to represent their members in Michigan. He has handled hundreds of home school cases and was the trial attorney in the DeJonge case, which resulted in a Michigan Supreme Court decision in favor of home educators teaching their children without excessive government regulation.In 2008, he was appointed unanimously by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve a three-year term as a commissioner for the State Bar of Michigan. He was also an adjunct law professor for five years at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, teaching sports law. He is currently an adjunct law professor at Baker College, at the Jackson, Michigan campus, teaching torts and business law classes. He is also actively involved in his church and served for many years as president of the board of a local adoption agency.David received his B.A. in Business Management from Northwood University in 1979 and his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1982. David and his wife, Beth, a Registered Nurse, were married in 1983 and have two children, Stephen and Rachel. As a testament to their belief in home education, he and his wife homeschooled their two children through high school graduation.


Marilyn Wagner
Marilyn Wagner loves the Lord and her family. She and William home educated their two children through high school. They purposed to raise children to become adults with great big hearts of compassion for others. To achieve this, William and Marilyn began taking them out in the community to serve others, exposing them to others with needs greater than their own, allowing them to be salt and light. Marilyn now sees that she began serving others for the sake of her children, never imagining how much it would change the pattern and purpose of her own life. William and Marilyn became leaders in the home school community, encouraging others families to be the hands and feet of Jesus.Marilyn is a student of the Word, leading Bible study at church as well as at the local rescue mission. She is a founding member of Salt & Light Global. She brings to SLG her passion for equipping the church to be salt and light and serving the needy.


Ellis Washington
Ellis Washington is a former staff editor of the Michigan Law Review (1989) and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute (1992). Currently, he is an adjunct professor of law at the National Paralegal College and the graduate school, National Jurisprudence University, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, American History, Administrative Law, Criminal Procedure, Contracts, Real Property, and Advanced Legal Writing, among many other subjects.Ellis is a weekly legal and political commentator to WorldNetDaily.com and GlobalPolitician.com.  He is also a co-host of the popular radio show, Joshua’s Trail a radio show proclaiming a Judeo-Christian worldview and conservative political philosophy.A graduate of John Marshall Law School (1994), the University of Michigan (1986), and DePauw University (1983), he did post-graduate studies in History at Harvard University GSAS and in Law at Harvard Law School (1988-89).Author of nine books, Washington’s latest opus is a two-volume collection containing over 300 essays, articles, and Socratic dialogues dedicated to his intellectual mentor and friend, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas – The Progressive Revolution: History of Liberal Fascism through the Ages (University Press of America, 2015) – Volume III-2010-11 Writings and Volume IV-2012-2013 Writings. Visit his Law and History blog, EllisWashingtonReport.com, an essential repository of writings based on a Natural Law worldview and jurisprudence dedicated to educating the next generation of young conservative intellectuals about history, law, philosophy, and politics.


Steve Owen
Steve Owen is a member of Foster Swift’s Banking, Finance & Real Estate Practice Group where he is known for his strong mediation and dispute resolution skills. He is admitted to practice before various federal and state courts. Steve also serves as a Commercial Case Evaluator where, as a panel member, he helps determine settlement values for pending commercial cases. Since 2009, he has been recognized as a top lawyer by Best Lawyers in America. In 2012, the same group awarded him the title of Lawyer of the Year in Banking and Finance Law.Steve’s passion for teaching and sharing his understanding of the law has included all areas of his practice. In addition to providing advice to clients on changes in banking and foreclosure law, he has been an Adjunct Law School Professor for almost two decades where he teaches Secured Transactions, Mortgages and Land Contracts, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Modern Real Estate Transactions. In recognition of his outstanding teaching skills, Steve received the Frederick J. Griffith III Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award.Steve obtained his B.A. with high honors from Michigan State University before earning his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1976. Steve is actively involved in his community. He is a member of the Rotary Club and an Elder at Trinity Church. Steve serves on the Board of Directors for a number of organizations including Sparrows Nest, Love & Respect, and Salt & Light Global. He has been married to Jayne for 41 years. They have two children and six grandchildren.
Adriana Ciora
Adriana Cioara is a visionary who strategically implements effective techniques in order to bring sound business ideas to fruition. She is currently the Vice President of Ortho-Cycle Co., Inc., a leading international company that has formulated and engineered the process of reconditioning orthodontic appliances, where she oversees the business development and operations of the global market. Adriana Cioara earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 2015. She received the Fitzgerald Student Award and Leadership Achievement Award. Adriana is currently admitted to the Florida Bar. Prior to law school, Adriana Cioara worked for JPMorgan Chase Legal and earned her M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship in 2008. In 2006, she earned her B.S. in Legal Studies, with minors in History, Humanities and Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Adriana Cioara is involved in her church and has served as a Sunday School teacher, directed drama productions with the children, and has traveled to Nicaragua to provide aid and sound biblical truths.
Keldon Scott
Keldon K. Scott loves Christian apologetics and sharing his faith. Mr. Scott has authored numerous articles for the “Michigan Bar Journal” and the “Michigan Family Law Journal.” He is also an author of chapters for West’s Family Practitioner’s Series and ICLE’s Michigan Family Law. He has appeared on national television (“American Justice”) and several radio broadcasts. Mr. Scott is a former member of the board of directors of Pro Bono Legal Services and is a frequent lecturer and author for the Family Law Sections of the State Bar and the Ingham County Bar Association. He has been a speaker, moderator, and organizer for many Institute of Continuing Legal Education and Michigan Judge’s Institute family law courses.

Mr. Scott is a past Chairperson of the Michigan State Bar Family Law Section and the Ingham County Bar Association Family Law Section. He has also been a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section and its Family Law Torts Section. He has been very active in each of these sections, and has served on several committees. He has served the Michigan Supreme Court as a member of their Family Law Court committee. And, he has testified numerous times before the legislature on family law bills. As an advocate, Mr. Scott has been primarily responsible for many published and unpublished Court of Appeals and Supreme Court opinions, which have impacted family law and civil litigation in domestic related personal injury legal malpractice cases.

Mr. Scott has two adult children. He is a Green Bay Packers fan. He loves to travel, including regular trips to Las Vegas, Florida and Lake Tahoe. He golfs, bowls, boats, scuba dives, and he loves to sing. He sings with the Capitol City Chordsman and sings bass in a barbershop quartet.


Tim Schmig
Tim and his wife Sue live in Owosso, Michigan. He attends Immanuel Baptist Church in Corunna, Michigan. He earned a MM from Northland Baptist Bible College and in 2010 he received a D. Lit from Maranatha Baptist Bible College. The Congressional Record September 25, 2002 entered, in part, records these words:

“Tim spends much time in Washington D.C. and Lansing meeting with elected officials and has earned respect and garnered influence on both sides of the political aisle. Lawmakers have come to trust Tim and rely on his knowledge of the issues and his well-informed advocacy on a variety of issues. He truly has earned the respect and the influence he has in the halls of Congress and in the Michigan Legislature.”

Tim is a 1984 graduate of Bob Jones University. He taught High School History, Social Studies, Government and Economics for 5 years in two different Christian Schools and is the Executive Director for the Michigan Association of Christian Schools.