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.
Our mission is to unite, equip, and represent Christian-owned businesses to protect religious freedom and provide the opportunity for employees, businesses, and communities to flourish.
Our Core Values
CEA Partners with Likeminded Organizations to:
- Provide Advocacy on Legal and Policy Issues
- Engaging important religious expression and conscience challenges and opportunities
- Representing employer interests with united legal and policy strategies
- Expand Awareness of Faith-in-the-Workplace Resources and Employee Benefits
- Sharing practices that promote flourishing among employees and their families
- Raising awareness of employee benefits consistent with Christian values
- Inspire Collective Impact
- Sharing strategies of transformational community engagement with employers
- Communicating the economic and loving impact of Christian employers on communities and the broader culture
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.