Ray Nothstine is a Future of Freedom Fellow and senior editor and writer for State Policy Network, where he primarily helps to shepherd the American Habits publication. He previously worked as opinion editor at Carolina Journal and as a Second Amendment research fellow at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Nothstine served for over seven years as managing editor of Religion & Liberty, a publication of the Acton Institute, an internationally top-ranked think tank in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
He loves reading Christian theology and the history of human freedom. “On the Incarnation” by Athanasius and “Washington’s Crossing” by David Hackett Fischer are a couple of his favorite books.
Nothstine enjoys attending the co-sponsored colloquiums of the Acton Institute and Liberty Fund. He’s a participant in the American Enterprise Leadership Network.
His writings have appeared in popular national and state media outlets, including numerous state policy groups in the Southeast and Midwest. He has extensive media and lecture experience on public policy and cultural topics, including addressing seminary and law school faculty on religious liberty.
He’s an Ole Miss baseball and football fan and has lived in two foreign countries and eight states. He’s also an aficionado of traditional bluegrass and country music and a deep admirer of the artistic genius of Hank Williams and Ralph Stanley.
Nothstine has worked in ministry and on the staff of former U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss).
Nothstine graduated with a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He also holds a B.A. in political science from The University of Mississippi in Oxford. He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife and three sons.