‘Humanitarian veteran’ gets top evangelical post

Remember when Richard Cizik, the “moderate” head of government affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals, resigned some six months ago?

He had acknowledged changing his feelings about same-sex marriage and was subsequently booted.

Well, the NAE has named his replacement, Galen Carey, a fellow with a long history of fighting poverty and AIDS.

According to an introduction in Christianity Today:

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The new director’s résumé spans four continents and numerous job descriptions. Carey spent 26 years working for World Relief, three of them in Washington as director of World Relief’s advocacy and policy. Most recently, Carey built a church network to combat HIV/AIDS in Burundi, Africa.

Carey will be responsible for representing the NAE and its constituents — which include 45,000 churches from more than 50 denominations — to lawmakers and advocacy groups.

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Carey acknowledges the much-publicized broadening of the evangelical agenda in the U.S. He says it’s been going on for a long time: “Evangelicals have been more apt to be directly engaged in addressing issues like poverty or HIV/AIDS on the community level. As a result, we recognize a public policy dimension, which leads us into more political engagement. It’s probably people in the mainstream belatedly discovering that evangelicals do have quite a variety of interests.”