Christian Chronicle

She’s a mom, Sunday school teacher — and prominent religious freedom attorney

Lori Windham teaches children’s Bible classes and argues cases in the nation’s highest courts.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

FAIRFAX, Va. — As the Fairfax Church of Christ stood to sing “From The Inside Out” on a recent Sunday, Lori Windham stepped forward to interpret the hymn for deaf members.

Windham, a 42-year-old wife, mother and attorney, learned American Sign Language so she could help with the suburban Washington, D.C., congregation’s deaf ministry.

“Really, her speed of learning was incredible,” said Cindi Cesone, a Fairfax elder’s wife who — like her husband, Dennis — was born deaf. “Maybe because of her background as an attorney, she’s so good with language. She’s a smart lady, very humble.”

Besides providing ASL interpretation, Windham — mother of 11-year-old Bonnie and 6-year-old Thomas — teaches children’s Sunday school classes at the Fairfax church.

Windham’s deep faith can be seen not only in her active church involvement but also in her high-profile work at religious liberty law firm Becket.

“She manages to balance piety and technique,” said Montse Alvarado, Becket’s vice president and chief operating officer, praising the love, grace and respect Windham displays even as she argues major cases.

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This story appears in the May edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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