Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Tim Ballard is the CEO of The Nazarene Fund. He is also the Founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.); a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting law enforcement agencies throughout the world in the rescue and rehabilitation of children who have been kidnapped, trafficked and otherwise exploited. Tim spent over a decade working as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security where he was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and deployed as an undercover operator.
He has worked every type of case imaginable in the fight to dismantle child trafficking rings. Tim has worked undercover in the United States and in multiple foreign countries to infiltrate child trafficking organizations. In this effort, he has successfully dismantled dozens of these organizations and rescued countless children from sex slavery. He is an expert at managing Internet investigations, particularly those dealing with the dark net where pedophiles and traffickers go to trade in child pornography. He has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers and has testified before the United States Congress on best practices to liberate children from sex slavery.
Tim is the best-selling author of “The Covenant: One Nation Under God,” and is the author of the sequel to that work, “The Covenant, Lincoln, and The War.” He has taught American and International Politics courses at Imperial Valley College, San Diego State University, and American Heritage School. He has been featured regularly on both local and national TV and radio programs to discuss American history and politics and the role America has played in defending liberty at home and abroad. He has often commented on how his academic work in American history has provided him the inspiration and motivation to rescue children–to carry on the American tradition of liberating the captive. He recently received the distinguished George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.
After serving a church mission to Chile, Tim graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Spanish and Political Science from Brigham Young University. He went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with an MA in International Politics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He resides in California with his wife and children.
Lt Col (Ret) Rudolph Atallah
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Lt. Col. Rudolph Atallah, USAF (Ret.), is the Chief Operating Officer of The Nazarene Fund. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer of White Mountain Research LLC — a service-disabled veteran owned company dedicated to understanding and mitigating complex global threats to human security. A native of Beirut, Lebanon and fluent in Arabic and French, Rudy’s 21-year career in the United States Air Force spanned from aviation and special operations to intelligence and counter-terrorism.
Rudy currently oversees the evacuation and rescue of persecuted religious minorities in Northern Iraq and Syria. Over the past year, he and his team have successfully relocated more than 3,900 Christians and Yazidis displaced by conflict and rescued 27 Assyrian Christians from ISIS controlled territory. Through his own efforts, his team has also funded and rebuilt 50 Christian homes and provided temporary housing for those attempting to remain in Nineveh, Mosul, and Erbil.
Regarded internationally for his ground truth insights on African and Middle East security matters, Rudy is a sought-after speaker and adviser on national security, counter-terrorism, and cultural intelligence issues. He has been a featured guest on networks such as ABC, NBC, PBS, MSNBC, BBC, CNN and programs such as OutFront with Erin Burnett, National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, and on the National Geographic Channel, where he discussed his involvement in African counter-piracy and the successful resolution of the 2009 Maersk Alabama incident.
Prior to his 2009 retirement, Rudy served as the Africa Counterterrorism Director and Morocco/Tunisia Country Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 2002, while working as US Defense Attaché in Ivory Coast, West Africa, Rudy was instrumental in the evacuation of more than 1,700 American citizens following a coup d’état that plunged the country into civil war. He has over 25 military honors to include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his direct involvement in the rescue of the Alabama Maersk’s Capt. Philips.
Over the past decade, Rudy has traveled to over 100 countries and has met with numerous heads of state. He has advised two U.S. Secretaries of Defense and many other senior US officials on counterterrorism policies and strategies and has served as a trusted advisor to the U.S. Department of State and numerous US embassies across Africa. Rudy assumed the position of Africa Counterterrorism Director in 2003 and was concurrently East Africa Director from 2003-2007. At the time of his retirement, he was the only Foreign Area Officer in the Air Force holding three concurrent regional specialization designations: Africa, Middle East, and Europe.
Rudy is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, he holds a bachelor of science in electrical and biomedical engineering and a master of science in international relations. He also runs a small non-profit established to help under-developed communities with education, clean water and schools. Rudy is also a published photographer of landscapes, nature and indigenous peoples.
Director of Operations
Dave Lopez is the Director of Operations for The Nazarene Fund. He served as a U.S. Navy SEAL and has extensive direct-action experience in terrorism countermeasures and protective operations. He is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) regarding tactical operations, terrorist Countermeasures, protection, security and close quarter combat (CQC). Dave has deep experience and highly specialized training in classified global counter-terrorism operations, Close quarters tactical training and protection services in support of intelligence operations.
Since leaving the Navy, Dave has trained over 20 SWAT teams around the US in advanced tactics and CQC. He has also instructed numerous special response teams (SRT) of the Department of Homeland Security. Dave has conducted multiple rescue missions with Operation Underground Railroad and is the lead tactics instructor for the organization.
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