PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

The Threat Is Real

News reports have talked about the defeat of ISIS, however this evil organization is still wreaking havoc on thousands upon thousands of innocent people through the Middle East. ISIS also still controls large swaths of territory mainly throughout Syria.

Although many of the extremist fighters have returned to their homelands or traveled to other countries to spread their violent jihad, many remain with the hopes of building a caliphate, or an Islamic State. Locals fighters and sympathizers, still loyal to the ISIS cause, have blended into the population and continue to work on the terrorist organization’s behalf.

The ISIS threat is still very real. ISIS is still targeting and persecuting minorities in the region and ISIS is still destroying the lives of the thousands of captives and slaves under their control.

ISIS is now adding another vile chapter to its dark history. To make money, ISIS and its former members are now involved in the international human trafficking markets which include the sexual slave trade and organ harvesting and markets.

In the vacuum left by ISIS, new political players some just as ruthless as its predecessor have taken up the mantle of power. Also, nation-states such as Iran are heavily involved in the area and are making the lives of Christians, Yazidis and other minorities very difficult and dangerous.

The Nazarene Fund is committed to continue supporting the persecuted minorities by searching for and liberating the captive.

The Nazarene Fund will also continue providing aid to those for those who are trying to maintain their lives and culture.

The Nazarene Fund will continue evacuating and resettling those who cannot remain in their homelands due to the threat of violence they face.

We have also expanded our operations to Africa, Asia and Haiti. The Nazarene Fund will continue to grow and assist Christians and persecuted minorities who are facing displacement, torture and death.

Our mission and our presence will continue to grow and evolve. We invite you to join us on our journey and we humbly ask you for your continued support.

LEADERSHIP

CEO Tim Ballard

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Tim Ballard is the volunteer CEO of The Nazarene Fund. He is also the Founder and volunteer 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.

Ballard began his professional career with the CIA then spent over a decade working as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security. At HSI agent, Ballard was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and deployed as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team.

Ballard has worked every type of case imaginable in the fight to dismantle child trafficking rings. Ballard 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 file-share networks 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.

Ballard has been featured on many national news outlets to discuss his efforts to combat child trafficking. He was featured in a story by ESPN with Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach, Mike Tomlin. He also has appeared on Fox & Friends, Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, The Meredith Vieira Show, CBS Nightly News, ABC Nightline, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, The Glenn Beck Program, The Eric Metaxas Show, The Dennis Prager Show, The Hugh Hewitt Show, well as many local news programs.

Ballard his organizations are the principal subjects of two full-length documentaries: The Abolitionists, by Academy Award-winning producer, Gerald Molen, and Operation Toussaint, by Emmy Award-winning director, Nick Nanton. His life story is also depicted in the upcoming feature film, The Sound of Freedom, where he is portrayed by actor Jim Caviezel and his wife, Katherine, is portrayed by Academy Award Winner, Mira Sorvino.

After serving a church mission to Chile, Ballard 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 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Ballard is the best-selling author of six books including Slave Stealers: True Accounts of Slave Rescues-Then and Now, as well as The Covenant: One Nation Under God and the sequel to that work, The Covenant, Lincoln, and The War. His other titles include The Lincoln Hypothesis, The Washington Hypothesis, and The American Covenant series.

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.

Ballard was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. He also recently received the distinguished George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

He and his wife Katherine reside in Utah with their 9 children.

Ballard is a volunteer CEO for both The Nazarene Fund and Operation Underground Railroad, meaning he takes no salary or benefits. This was always Tim’s goal and he’s grateful he has the ability to volunteer his time for such a worthy cause.

THE BOARD

Glenn Beck


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David Barton


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CEO Tim Ballard

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Tim Ballard is the volunteer CEO of The Nazarene Fund. He is also the Founder and volunteer 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.

Ballard began his professional career with the CIA then spent over a decade working as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security. At HSI agent, Ballard was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and deployed as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team.

Ballard has worked every type of case imaginable in the fight to dismantle child trafficking rings. Ballard 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 file-share networks 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.

Ballard has been featured on many national news outlets to discuss his efforts to combat child trafficking. He was featured in a story by ESPN with Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach, Mike Tomlin. He also has appeared on Fox & Friends, Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, The Meredith Vieira Show, CBS Nightly News, ABC Nightline, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, The Glenn Beck Program, The Eric Metaxas Show, The Dennis Prager Show, The Hugh Hewitt Show, well as many local news programs.

Ballard his organizations are the principal subjects of two full-length documentaries: The Abolitionists, by Academy Award-winning producer, Gerald Molen, and Operation Toussaint, by Emmy Award-winning director, Nick Nanton. His life story is also depicted in the upcoming feature film, The Sound of Freedom, where he is portrayed by actor Jim Caviezel and his wife, Katherine, is portrayed by Academy Award Winner, Mira Sorvino.

After serving a church mission to Chile, Ballard 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 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Ballard is the best-selling author of six books including Slave Stealers: True Accounts of Slave Rescues-Then and Now, as well as The Covenant: One Nation Under God and the sequel to that work, The Covenant, Lincoln, and The War. His other titles include The Lincoln Hypothesis, The Washington Hypothesis, and The American Covenant series.

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.

Ballard was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. He also recently received the distinguished George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

He and his wife Katherine reside in Utah with their 9 children.

Ballard is a volunteer CEO for both The Nazarene Fund and Operation Underground Railroad, meaning he takes no salary or benefits. This was always Tim’s goal and he’s grateful he has the ability to volunteer his time for such a worthy cause.

THE OPERATORS

Rudy Atallah

Chief Executive Officer of White Mountain Research LLC


Lt. Colonel Rudolph Atallah, USAF (Ret.), is Chief Operating Officer of the Nazarene Fund (TNF) and Chief Executive Officer of White Mountain Research Inc (WMR) — 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 counterterrorism.

Rudy currently oversees the evacuation and rescue of persecuted religious minorities in Northern Iraq and Syria. Over the past 4.5 years, he and his team have successfully relocated and supported more than 110,541 Christians and Yazidis displaced by conflict and rescued countless victims from ISIS and AQ controlled territories. Through his own efforts, his team has also funded and rebuilt more than 250 Christian homes and provided temporary housing WMR partners with other like-minded organizations to continue saving lives and resettling more persecuted families in the Middle East and around the world.

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, counter-piracy and cultural intelligence issues. He has been a featured guest on networks such as The Blaze TV, ABC, NBC, PBS, MSNBC, BBC, CNN and programs such as Out-Front 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. He is also mentioned in several books like Hunting LeRoux by Elaine Shannon and Save Your Ammo by Louise Rasmussen.

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 Air Force Defense Attaché (DATT) 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 was also an accredited Air Force DATT to Ghana, Benin, Togo, Niger and Burkina Faso. Rudy has over 25 military honors to include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his direct involvement in the rescue of the Maersk Alabama’s Capt. Philips.

Over the past two decades, Rudy has traveled to more than 116 countries and has met with 11 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 Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of State and numerous US embassies across Africa. Rudy assumed the position of Africa Counterterrorism Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense 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. He is a Senior fellow with Atlantic Council and holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Master of International Relations from Troy University. He is also a published photographer and showcases his art at the Brookover Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Jawad

Middle East Operations Manager for White Mountain Research Group


Jawad Abou Jaoude is the Middle East Operations Manager for White Mountain Research Group.  A recognized leader and security specialist in operations in the Middle East, Jawad specializes in providing safety and security for personnel in northern Syria and Iraq.  He has successfully planned, coordinated, and executed operations supporting more than ten thousand personnel requiring critical logistical and security support for their safe movements throughout the region over the past two decades.  Jawad’s extensive training and experience in Security and Risk Management, Close Protection and Security Engagement, Terrorism and Emergency Plans in Bases and Security Convoys have made him an invaluable asset to our international team.

Jawad’s experiences have taken him to military bases in Afghanistan and Iraq where he has executed security missions for international military teams, non-governmental organizations, and agencies for international development.  He has been responsible for the safety and security of foreign diplomats through the use of close protection in convoys, assessing security situations on sites intended for delegation visits, developing security plans, and the management of full protection against terrorist threats. 

In support of religious minorities in the Nineveh plains, Jawad has identified legitimate and eligible refugees for relocation and enabled the full chain of logistics required to ensure families were moved to new or reconstructed homes in areas where they are free from oppression and violence.  In addition, he has served as a key member of the campus accreditation board and head of security and safety committee at Sagasse High School, executing safety and security plans on all campuses to avoid terrorist attacks, as well as resolving problems related to relocation/evacuation to protect students there.  While there, he also taught Social Science and the History/Geography of Lebanon. 

In Pakistan and Afghanistan, he served as the chief of security for an international entity to provide full security plans for daily fuel convoys coming to and from military bases and air fields.  In the Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces of Afghanistan, he has provided protecting health and nutrition workers.  He was also a key team member responsible for providing, managing and executing security plans to construct a road from Tarin Kowt to Ushay in the Uruzgan Province.  His expertise was a key part of providing close protection for military engineers, observing the roads of executed projects, protecting convoys between bases, and providing for the safety of 100 road workers.  In addition, he has served as the chief of security for teams providing close protection of engineers in Fallujah and Ramadi, providing convoy security and has participated in the training of Iraqi Soldiers.

His awards and accolades for his high and professional performance of duties include a medal of honor from the Canadian Ambassador, an award of security and risk management from a national healthcare accreditation organization, and personal recommendations from general officers and diplomats. 

Jawad holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Basic Education from NDU Lebanon. 

The Rest of the Team


The Nazarene Fund manages and supports over one hundred agencies and operators throughout the world, most of whom cannot be named for security reasons.

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