For God and Country: VCA Leaders Don Blake and Greene Hollowell

Greene Hollowell and Don Blake being inteviewed by Dean Welty

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 Special Guests:  VCA Leaders Don Blake and Greene Hollowell On WAZT-TV  and Online HERE Anytime

A Special Valley

We know the Valley is special in so many different ways.  It’s in the beauty of the landscape; the productivity of the land; the faith and industry of the people; and the salt-and-light influence of our churches, pastors, and teachers.   

It’s also in the great group of Valley legislators who fight for us and our most deeply held values of Life, Faith, Family, and Freedom at the General Assembly in Richmond.   

  And then there’s the Shenandoah Christian Alliance now anchoring the north end of the Valley in Front Royal around a group of pastors and other civic-minded Christian patriots.

Friends across the Mountain

But what about the other side of the mountain?  Do they have the same love of God & Country that we do here? 

Are they also concerned about the moral meltdown that we see in so much of our culture and at the top levels of our government?  If so, who are they, and what are some of the ways that we can partner together to help advance Kingdom values throughout the Commonwealth?

Greene Hollowell and Don Blake being inteviewed by Dean WeltyFor starters, we have groups in Richmond like The Family Foundation, which works closely with Virginia legislators every year in the Great Civil War of Values, fighting to advance good bills and defeat the bad ones that come before the General Assembly. 

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There’s also the Virginia Christian Alliance (VCA).  It took the lead three years ago in calling for the disbarment and/or impeachment of Attorney General Mark Herring because he violated his oath to defend the laws of Virginia – including our marriage law which was firmly embedded in our state constitution in 2006 by the popular vote of the people.

VCA continues to stand up and speak out boldly for Judeo-Christian values wherever and whenever they are challenged.  So, who are they, what do they do, and why does it matter?

Special Guests from VCA

To help answer those questions, we’ve are repeating an interview with two of our good Friends from Richmond to help us kick off this new TV series called “A Celebration of God and Country”

Don Blake is the VCA Chairman and President who is a VCU graduate, Army veteran, and businessman who has served on numerous boards, including The Family Foundation, and is a frequent guest on Richmond media.    

Greene Hollowell is the VCA Founder who formed and led his own general contracting company for nearly 40 years.  He is active with the Pro-Life Ministry as well as the co-author of Common Sense, a booklet dedicated to then President Obama.  Find out more about VCA at


VFIA 191: Friends from Richmond – for God and Country: Part I from Dean Welty on Vimeo.


Valley Faith in Action

VFIA airs five times on WAZT-TV, the Faith Network, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, again at 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, and finally at Wednesday midnight.  That is on Comcast Cable Channel 13 in Harrisonburg and Rockingham but varies in other areas, including on WIAV-TV at 8:00 p.m. every Friday in Washington DC.  However, you can also watch it online HERE anytime.  

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views the Virginia Christian Alliance

About the Author

Dean Welty
Dean Welty is Founder and Director of the Valley Family Forum, a network of families in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia that works to defend and advance issues of Life, Faith, Family, and Freedom in the culture and in the public square. He has developed and led numerous seminars on “America’s Godly Heritage” and “Capstone: The Christian’s Role in Culture and Public Policy”, hosted a weekly television program entitled “Valley Faith in Action”, and is co-host of a weekly radio program entitled “Crossroads: Where Faith and Culture Meet”. He is a former public school teacher, overseas missionary, and senior diplomat with assignments in Asia, Washington, New York with the U.S. Mission to the UN, and as a Congressional Fellow on Capitol Hill. Dean and his wife Janet live in Harrisonburg, VA.