The Missouri Family Policy Council was chartered as a non-profit corporation in the state of Missouri as of October 1, 2007. The organization is governed by a five-member Board of Directors composed of individuals of demonstrated Christian commitment and character.

The Board has adopted a code of ethics and rules of governance to ensure that the organization remains true to Biblical standards and professional standards of accountability. The Board guides and oversees the work of the Executive Director and staff to ensure that the organization is viable and effective, and conducts all its affairs with integrity.

Joe Ortwerth, Executive Director

Joe Ortwerth and his wife Wendy live in St. Charles County with their son, Josiah, who is home educated.The Ortwerth’s have an adult son, Frank, and another son, Joel, who is with the Lord. Mr. Ortwerth served for 12 years (six terms) as a State Representative in the Missouri Legislature. He then served another 12 years (3 terms) as the County Executive of St. Charles County. He has served in numerous leadership roles in both state and local government. Mr. Ortwerth is a licensed minister and the former pastor of Highway of Holiness Church of St. Charles County. The Ortwerth’s attend Grace Church in Maryland Heights.

Lawrence Collett, Board Chairman

Lawrence Collett and his wife Sherry live in Franklin County. They are the parents of two daughters and a son, and three grandchildren. They are members of First Evangelical Free Church in St. Louis, where Mr. Collett has served as Chairman of the Elder Board. Mr. Collett is the Chairman of the Board of Cass Information Systems, which includes its banking subsidiary, Cass Commercial Bank. Mr. Collett served as Chairman of the Greater St. Louis Billy Graham Crusade, has been a leading fundraiser for Christian ministries, and has been a prominent figure in promoting Christian witness in the business community.

J. Kevin McGraw, Secretary

Dr. Kevin McGraw and his wife Vicky live in St. Charles County and are the parents of two daughters. They are members of Calvary Church in St. Peters where they are actively involved in worship ministry. Dr. McGraw is a licensed dentist and owns and operates a dental practice in St. Charles County. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Ministry to Men, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Living Word Schools.

Donald Carmody, Treasurer

Don Carmody and his wife Patricia live in St. Louis County. They are the parents of three sons and have two grandchildren. They are members of the Church of the Annunziata. Mr. Carmody is an attorney and founding partner in the law firm of Carmody MacDonald, where his legal practice covers business law, insurance, real estate, and banking and finance. He was recognized in 2006 as a Top Lawyer by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. He is the President of the St. Louis Chapter of Legatus, an organization of Catholic business leaders.

James Agnew, Member

Jim Agnew and his wife, Sue, live in Jefferson County and have six children, thirteen grandchildren, and seven foster grandchildren. They are members of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church where Jim has served on various committees, participated in home mission trips, and taught Christian parenting classes. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Sunshine Ministries. Jim is a Corporate Vice-President with Arthur J. Gallagher and Company.

Jane Wiese, Member

Jane Wiese and her husband Chip live in St. Louis County.  They are the parents of three sons and a daughter, and attend First Evangelical Free Church in St. Louis County.  Jane earned her Master’s in Business Administration.  She worked in several cities in the Midwest for a Fortune 10 Company in sales and marketing before home schooling their children.  She has participated in several mission trips to Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Honduras, and other countries around the world.

You can reach us at:

Missouri Family Policy Council
1430 Triad Center Drive, Suite B, Saint Peters, Mo. 63376
(636) 922-7771
info-plus@missourifamily.org