A Conversation with Melissa Rogers    

The pursuit of genuine religious freedom goes beyond the boundaries of American Evangelicalism and seeks these liberties for people of all faiths. Within a troubling culture of bigotry and religious zealotry, education and the pursuit of these freedom must be a central focus of those with a platform to speak.

We sat down with Melissa Rogers and CBF’s Stephen Reeves to discuss what this looks like on a practical basis.

Melissa Rogers served as a special assistant to President Obama and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Prior to her work in the White House, she was director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs at Wake Forest University Divinity School, the executive director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. Follow Melissa on Twitter @melissarogers.

Stephen Reeves is CBF’s Associate Coordinator of Partnerships and Advocacy, leading the Fellowship in a movement of justice and religious liberties.

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Andy Hale leads Church Starts Initiative of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is a CBF church starter who serves as pastor of Mosaic of Clayton in Clayton, N.C.