With over 46 years of significant contribution and recognition in the pro-life movement, Brad Mattes is widely known in the United States and worldwide for his passion for the sanctity of life, from preborn to end of life.
Currently serving as president of Life Issues® Institute, Brad was co-founder of the organization along with pro-life pioneer, Dr. John C. Willke, in 1991. The Institute’s stated purpose over the past 30 years has been to serve the educational needs of the pro-life movement, developing and distributing effective pro-life educational material.
Heard on over 1,200 radio outlets nationwide, Brad is commentator for the daily Life Issues® program which was recognized by National Religious Broadcasters with the 2016 Radio Impact Award. Annual special productions for “Sanctity of Life Sunday” and other occasions have extended the audio reach of the ministry, along with customized PSAs for a variety of purposes to serve the pro-life agenda.
The global nature of the work is exemplified as Brad also serves as president of the International Right to Life Federation, and as chairman of the board of the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network. He was formerly assistant director of the National Right to Life Political Action Committee, and served as president of several state Right to Life organizations.
In addition to his speaking engagements across the United States, he’s a frequent international speaker and lecturer on abortion and euthanasia issues. He works extensively with other countries to establish pro-life education networks as well as a counseling presence.
His considerable research on abortion’s impact on men has made Brad one of few frequently invited to speak to that topic. His writings on the subject have been released in publications in the U.S. and internationally. With a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counseling, Brad is also a counselor to men who have lost a child to abortion.
For a number of years, the Institute produced a weekly pro-life television program, Facing Life Head-On, which Brad hosted and produced. The telecast resulted in three Regional Emmy Awards.
A family man at heart, Brad and his wife, Ellen, have grown four grown sons and five grandchildren. The Montana natives now reside in Florida.
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