Julaine Appling’s own adoption led her to a passion for marriage, family, and the preservation of life and religious liberty, which in turn led her to leadership of the Wisconsin Family Council and Wisconsin Family Action.
As the president of both organizations, Julaine lobbies and works directly with legislators to promote legislation that will enable fellow believers to “worship God in the freedom of their faith.”
She also stays on top of news developments, interacts with the media, produces radio programs, engages in social media, hosts and produces weekly radio spots for the council, and is a regular guest on other programs.
Because IRS regulations limit how much lobbying, the 501(c)(3) Wisconsin Family Council can do, its sister organization, Wisconsin Family Action, is the advocacy arm. Both organizations, however, have the same vision, the same mission, and the same goal: “to strengthen, preserve, and promote God’s plan for marriage, family, life and religious freedom.”
With her “Wisconsin Family Council hat on,” Julaine partners with churches, encouraging pastors to create relationships with legislators and be involved with the future policies of Wisconsin and the nation. She loves community and the gathering of people together. Every year, the organizations put on between 15 and 20 events around the state, inviting pastors and lay people from local churches to talk about the issues of the day from a Biblical perspective.
“It is so important for pastors to be informed and energized to then go and talk with their local congregations about the current issues of the day from a Biblical perspective,” Julaine says. “I believe today, in the New Testament age, God’s plan is primarily through the local church.”
Every couple of years, Julaine also organizes an event called “Day at the Capital,” when she invites people from all over the state to come to the capitol in Madison and hear various leaders, including legislators, speak on policies and laws from a Christian worldview, and also visit their elected officials in their offices. The day provides a more personal opportunity to be involved in community and state politics.