Board of Directors

Charles Randall Paul

President & Founder

Charles Randall Paul (Ph.D., University of Chicago, Committee on Social Thought, 2000; MBA, Harvard University, 1972)  founder, and president of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, and co-founder and chairman of WorldTable PBC. He has lectured widely and written numerous articles on healthy methods for collaborative contestation over irresolvable differences in values, religion or ideology.  He has published numerous journal articles and a book, Converting the Saints: A Study of Religious Rivalry in America. He is currently completing two books, Fighting about God: How to Do It Better and Is Persuasion Still Possible?: Reaching for the Whole Truth Together. He also had a professional career in the commercial real estate business, receiving the Phoenix Skyline Award for Excellence in Urban Development. He has been married to Jann Waid for more than fifty years.  They have five children and sixteen grandchildren.

John W. Morehead

johnJohn W. Morehead (M.A., Salt Lake Theological Seminary) serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, and is the Custodian of the Evangelical Chapter of the FRD. He is co-editor and contributing author for Encountering New Religious Movements: A Holistic Evangelical Approach, and the editor of Beyond the Burning Times: A Pagan and Christian in Dialogue. John provided expertise to the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization issue group on “The Church and the New Spiritualities.” He has also served as team leader for a grant project on multifaith engagement funded by The Louisville Institute, and has been involved in numerous multifaith relationships and conversations for many years with Muslims, Mormons, and Pagans.

Daniel C. Peterson

danDaniel C. Peterson (Ph.D., UCLA, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, 1990) is professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University. He is the director and editor-in-chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, which publishes dual-language editions of classical texts. He is also a former director of BYU’s Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts, which produced a searchable database of the Dead Sea Scrolls and digitized images of many ancient manuscripts. Peterson is the author of the recent Muhammad: Prophet of God, published by Eerdmans in 2007. He has been married to his wife Deborah for more than thirty-five years, and they have three sons.