To unite, equip, and represent Christian-owned businesses to protect religious freedom and provide the opportunity for employees, businesses, and communities to flourish.
A nation where Christian employers enjoy equal protection of their religious freedom, contribute to a flourishing society, and increase followers of Jesus Christ by living out their faith in the workplace and community.
CEA acts as a Shield of protection to Christian businesses against the tactics of Cancel Culture. Membership is never disclosed, and CEA goes to great lengths to protect members’ online anonymity. When necessary, CEA challenges laws and regulations hostile to religious freedom on behalf of Christian businesses. Thanks to the doctrine of Associational Standing, CEA can stand in as the “client” in the case while ADF and others are the litigators, allowing members to remain anonymous and protected.
CEA is a primary Voice of Christian business leaders to Capitol Hill, the media, and the marketplace. While the Business Roundtable, NAM, the Chamber of Commerce, and other associations address issues like taxes and regulations, unfortunately, they repeatedly and actively land on the wrong side of Christian values. CEA stands in the gap, speaking uniquely to the issues of conscience, including life, biblical sexual morality, and religious freedom.
CEA strives to equip and embolden members as they remain rooted in their commitment to honoring God in everyday life—in their homes, businesses, churches, and communities. Practically, CEA connects members to alternative solutions so they can continue operating their businesses with integrity, serving employees and customers, and making a lasting impact for Christ in their communities. Unfortunately, national business groups are advocating actively for policies and regulations that undermine our nation’s Judeo-Christian foundations and threaten religious liberty.
Shannon O. Royce brings a wealth of experience to her role as President of Christian Employers Alliance. Her professional background includes government and private sector experience, and her personal faith in Christ compels her to honor God as she serves the Christian business community.
In government, she worked on Capitol Hill, serving as Legislative Assistant and then Counsel for two U.S. Senators. Before coming to CEA, she served as Director of the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Center was formed to ensure that the faith community and nonprofit organizations were engaged as full partners in serving the community.
In the private sector, Shannon led the D.C. office of Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), focusing on protecting life and religious liberty. Shannon also served as Chief of Staff and COO at the Family Research Council (FRC), managing day-to-day operations for a team of 80 in fulfilling the FRC mission of promoting “a culture in which all human life is valued, families flourish, and religious liberty thrives.”
Shannon is a cancer survivor and understands the challenges of serving a family member with special needs, advocating in her community to ensure that families with special needs have the supports they need to thrive. Shannon sees her leadership role as one of service and stewardship, carrying out the vision and mission of the Christian Employers Alliance as she serves the Body of Christ. She received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University School of Law and is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia (Associate). She is married with two grown sons and enjoys running half-marathons for fun.
Jason Dudziak serves as the Membership Manager for the Christian Employers Alliance. He has been connecting individuals and business owners with desired resources since graduating from The Ohio State University in 2013. His strengths lie in helping people identify their most pressing needs, navigating complicated markets and solutions, and acquiring the most pertinent resources which suit that individual’s needs. He always has the member’s needs in mind and values the opportunity to develop new relationships.
Previously, as an employee benefits consultant, he helped business owners strategize their Employee Benefits packages, to acquire and offer the richest benefits for their employees, while negotiating the most competitive rates for the company. Prior to his time as a consultant, he fundraised his salary and served four years as a missionary on a college campus where he was able to help build a community of Christian disciples on mission. The opportunity to bring people to know the love of Christ has always been his most noteworthy accomplishment.
He currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife, Christine, and their two dogs Bosco and Bailey. During his free time, he enjoys coffee, cigars, wood working, and being with friends and family.