Alan R. Crippen II

Founder/Former President

Alan R. Crippen II is the founder of the John Jay Institute. Presently, Mr. Crippen serves as Chief of Exhibits, Programs, and Public Engagement for the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center at the American Bible Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously, Mr. Crippen served for nine years as founding rector of the Witherspoon Fellowship, a leading civic and cultural leadership development program for college-age students based in Washington, D.C. and subsequently served 11 years as the John Jay Institute's first president. He has more than two decades of experience in non-profit executive management and college level teaching including vice-president for policy and academic affairs at Family Research Council, senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and director of development at International Students, Inc. in Colorado Springs. His military service includes artillery platoon and battery command as well as various battalion staff operations and planning positions in the U.S. Army. Mr. Crippen’s vocational passion is for the formation of young leaders who aspire to public life. He is particularly inspired to prepare them with the contours of a worldview, knowledge, and piety requisite for faith-informed service in the public square. Mr. Crippen holds degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary (M.A.R.) and Cairn University (B.S.) and is an ordained presbyter and archdeacon in the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). He, and his wife, Michelle, have five children, five grandchildren, and reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.