Rachel Held Evans, others nominated to advise President Obama

Revelations-Series-Banner-770x150(RNS) The White House has announced plans to add a popular evangelical writer, a Ferguson, Mo., activist and a Methodist megachurch pastor to President Obama’s list of faith-based advisers.

They are:

Rachel Held Evans

Known for her blog and books such as “A Year of Biblical Womanhood,” she has written “Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church.

The Rev. Traci Blackmon

The acting executive minister of the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries, Blackmon has been the pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo., since 2009.

The Rev. Adam Hamilton

The author of 23 books (including “Making Sense of the Bible”), Hamilton  is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, the largest Methodist congregation in the U.S.

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(Left to right) Rachel Held Evans, known for her blog and books such as “A Year of Biblical Womanhood,” has written “Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church.” Photo courtesy of Maki Evans. The Rev. Traci Blackmon, acting executive minister of the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries, has been the pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo., since 2009. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Traci Blackmon. The Rev. Adam Hamilton, the author of 23 books (including “Making Sense of the Bible”) is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, the largest UMC congregation in the U.S. Photo by Donovan Marks/courtesy Washington National Cathedral.


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Obama said of the nominees on Friday (Jan. 29): “I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have decided to serve our country. I look forward to working with them.”

(Adelle M. Banks is production editor and a national reporter for RNS)