March 6, 2008
EA Head to Resign
Joel Edwards was the first black general director of the U.K.’s evangelical umbrella organization.
After two terms heading the U.K.'s equivalent to the National Association of Evangelicals, Joel Edwards is almost ready to step away. In a letter to members of the Evangelical Alliance (EA), Edwards said he will spend his final six months on the job touring the country and helping to "start a conversation about the role of evangelicals in society today and the future."
Previously the general secretary of the African and Caribbean Evangelical Alliance, Edwards did much to raise the profile of evangelicals in the U.K. He was appointed to the country's Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) last year amid protests from gay-rights groups, and his book, An Agenda for Change, is due out in the U.K. this month.
Edwards has said he will continue to serve on the equality commission after stepping down from the EA.