rns_heldBy John D. Pierce

Executive Editor

Nurturing Faith Journal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Popular Christian author and blogger Rachel Held Evans has been appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, according to a release from The White House press secretary.

Also appointed were Traci D. Blackmon, acting executive minister of justice and witness ministries for the United Church of Christ and Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan.

“I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have decided to serve our country,” said President Obama in the release. “I look forward to working with them.”

The Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, according to whitehouse.gov, “forms partnerships between government and non-profit organizations, both secular and faith-based, to more effectively serve Americans in needs.”

Rachel Held Evans, a native of Dayton, Tenn., is the author of Searching for Sunday, A Year of Biblical Womanhood and Faith Unraveled (previously titled Evolving in Monkey Town). She blogs to a large readership at rachelheldevans.com.

Melissa Rogers serves as special assistant to the President and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Formerly, she was director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs at Wake Forest University Divinity School and earlier served as general counsel for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.