JBS Welcomes New National Field DirectorPosted: June 28, 2017
JBS Welcomes New National Field Director
by JBS Marketing Manager Kristin Stockheimer
Former JBS National Field Director Jim Fitzgerald has supported Chris Stevens every step of his JBS career. Starting with hiring him as a coordinator, promoting him to Regional Field Director and recommending him for the top position in the Field, he couldn’t be more pleased to have him move up. Stevens recently accepted the position and has relocated to The John Birch Society headquarters in Appleton, Wis.
“I am very confident that we have a very capable young man to do that job, and he should be here for many years to come. I think with his attitude and his ambition, it will reflect how well we do in the Field and increase dramatically the production of our forces,” commented Fitzgerald.
Stevens, 42, has three daughters, one son, and has been married to his wife Mirelle for nearly 19 years. They made the move from Virginia to Wisconsin and are enthusiastic for him to begin working with the team in Appleton. As he dives into the behind-the-scenes process of how materials are produced and promoted, he bridges the gap from those working directly in the Field to those at Headquarters.
Chris Stevens’s connection to The John Birch Society started when he was 20 years old. He described himself as “ignorant, apathetic, and agnostic,” not unlike a variety of young people today. A stack of New American magazines turned his whole worldview around.
“It [The New American] totally opened my eyes to realize ‘hey there’s a big battle going on between good and evil.’ I figured out what side I wanted to be on and have been fighting ever since. I joined The John Birch Society at that time. And have been a chapter leader, political organizer, and eventually came on staff in 2010,” said Stevens.
His mother gave him the stack of magazines, and she received them from a Birch member. It showcases how far information and perspective can travel and the impact that it can make. Stevens encourages members not to lose hope through this battle by continuously sharing truth wherever you can.
“And so it’s Birching. You’re out there passing along information, but you never know where it’s going to end up. If he knew that he was going to pass this stack of magazines along and pretty soon the guy that was going to end up with them was going to be the National Field Director, he probably would have passed out a whole lot more,” said Stevens.
With Birching as his specialty, he has already made strides at Headquarters to get the word out: creating PowerPoints for JBS’s top action projects to impact and inform community leaders, utilizing online ads for coordinators to generate more activity, and managing feedback from those in the Field.
These projects and many more are key to achieving less government, more responsibility, and –with God’s help – a better world. JBS is strongest when coordinators, members, and headquarters are all focused and honed in on the same agenda. Stevens is aiming to move forward with sharing constitutional principles and bringing up leaders to keep America free.
“We need to hit critical mass. Wake up a sufficient number of Americans in a sufficient number of congressional districts. And that number is 218. 218 is the magic number… When you win a sufficient number of voters in a district, it has a wide impact on every level of government, in restoring the principles of limited government that made America the freest and most popular nation on earth,” said Stevens.
JBS Founder Robert Welch’s original plan was to have 1,000 active JBS members in each Congressional district, which would have enough influence to bring about adherence to the Constitution by elected officials at every level regardless of political party affiliation. Almost six decades of JBS experience has found that it only takes about 500 members who are organized and equipped to have that level of influence in a district.
JBS is aiming for massive progress towards 218 congressional districts with the impact of those active members in the next five years. By bringing up leaders, raising funding, and educating citizens, America will be heading in the right direction. Stevens encourages activism outreach through recruiting to produce our “education action army.” “We need them to come join us and help us because if we have a sufficient sized education army, we win!” concluded Stevens.
He encourages all those interested to learn more about JBS’ turn-key action plan by visiting JBS.org and exploring the options to join.