Joel Edwards (Evangelical Alliance)

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Joel Edwards was the General Director of the Evangelical Alliance[1] from 1997 until 2009.[2]

Prior to taking on this role, he was working as a probation officer alongside service as a church pastor, and general secretary of the African & Caribbean Evangelical Alliance.[2]

He is now International Director for Micah Challenge and is also a Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.[3] He has presented on the BBC Radio 4 feature of The Today programme, Thought for the Day.

When Edwards left the Evangelical Alliance, he made public statements stating that he was unhappy with the focus by the media on the "eccentric fringe" of British evangelical Christianity, specifically the frequent remarks of Stephen Green from Christian Voice, whom Edwards considers an "extremist", and the "naïve and controversial" Andrea Minichiello Williams of Christian Concern.[4]

In 2016, he was awarded the Langton Award for Community Service by the Archbishop of Canterbury "for his unique contribution in uniting evangelical Christians across the UK in challenging global injustice".[5]


  1. ^ Evangelical Alliance website listing current Directors
  2. ^ a b "60 Seconds with..Three general directors [of the Evangelical Alliance]". Idea Magazine. August 2016. p. 19. 170th Anniversary Edition for the Evangelical Alliance.
  3. ^ EHRC website listing current Commissioners
  4. ^ "Evangelical leader unhappy with focus on 'eccentric fringe'". Ekklesia. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Archbishop of Canterbury's Awards: Lambeth Palace" (pdf). Archbishop of Canterbury. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 

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