Member Spotlight: Scott and Carol Maxwell

Jaclyn Lewis  ·  May 01, 2015

God has brought the family of Scott and Carol Maxwell to a key place of ministering as a family.

From the beginning of their marriage, Scott and Carol faithfully attended church and served in ministries. Scott also worked for several nonprofit ministerial organizations.

Yet for the Maxwells, their church involvement was routine because of familiarity and a superficial understanding of church and faith, rather than from an impassioned surrender to Jesus and His will for their lives and the world.

That changed when Carol became involved with church homeschool groups in order to learn about this way of instructing her children.

“These homeschool families helped Scott and me tremendously in our family and our faith” says Carol.

Through these families, the Maxwells gained powerful living examples of Biblical, complementary marriage, and a deeper understanding of church teaching. What most blessed Carol was a more profound understanding of Jesus in communion and of redemption.

With this clarity, Scott and Carol’s marriage thrived, their seven kids blossomed, and their joy increased.

Now Scott is the executive director of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF), a nonprofit public-interest law firm which defends and protects religious freedom when conscience rights have been violated. He leads the organization with five attorneys providing pro-bono legal defense at the trial level to any individual or organization. His main areas of responsibility are marketing, fundraising, and public relations.

Meanwhile, Carol homeschools the four youngest children, ages 8 through 15, and supports Scott in his position with the FCDF. She also supports her son, Luke, in his ministry to suicidal teens.

The couple is also passionate about defending constitutional liberties, especially the First Amendment protection of religion.

The FCDF’s president and chief counsel, Charles Li Mandri, appeared in the documentary One Generation Away, a film about the status of religious liberty in America. One Generation Away is based on the idea, said famously by former President Ronald Reagan, that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” and therefore must be vigilantly protected and diligently passed on to each new generation.

Scott and Carol urge others to actively engage in protecting freedom in a variety of ways. First, parents can train their children and teens in Biblical worldview.

“We not only homeschool our kids,” says Carol, “but have our older children attend junior college and stay at home, so that as they are exposed to differing worldviews, we can talk about them and help our sons digest the new information in a safe place.”

It’s important, Scott and Carol say, to discuss world issues in an age-appropriate manner with children, and put current events into Biblical perspective. Equally important, they say, is to talk about taboo political topics with friends and family, such as the interpretation of our Constitution, the separation of Church and state, and the Biblical basis for civil rights.

They also encourage families to be active in their communities through service that meets both physical and spiritual needs. For example, Scott serves on the board of the Lamb of God Maternity Home for women in crisis pregnancies who want to place their babies for adoption.

“Look into local ministries,” says Carol. “There are many, many ways for families to shine a light in their communities.”