Campbellsville University to host Washington official speaking on evangelical call

Jan. 14, 2011
For Immediate Release

Campbellsville University to host Washington official speaking on evangelical call to civic responsibility

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

Dr. Galen Carey, director of governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) in Washington, D.C., will speak at Campbellsville University’s Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 in the Banquet Hall of the Badgett Academic Support Center at 110 University Drive, Campbellsville.

 Dr. Galen Carey
 Dr. Galen Carey


Carey will speak on “For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility” at the KHIPP event. He will speak the next morning, at 10 o’clock, for the weekly chapel service at Ransdell Chapel, 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville. Dr. Carey will be discussing “Creation Care,” as referenced by the national evangelical movement, at the chapel service.

Both events are free and open to the public.

“Dr. Carey has been involved nationally and internationally in a host of issues of major import to our 21st century world,” John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at CU, said.

“In his role with the National Association of Evangelicals, he has access to public policy makers at the highest levels of government and is able to speak to them ‘from the heart’ from both expansive knowledge about the issues and direct experience around the world on the impact of government action or non-action,” Chowning, who founded KHIPP, said.

Chowning said Galen “speaks from the perspective of faith in the public domain and is able to voice the concerns of the ‘least of these’ in many venues.

“Dr. Carey is uniquely qualified to speak to the issues of the day and to the need for Christians to be engaged in the civic and political arena.”

As director of government affairs, Carey is responsible for representing the NAE before Congress, the White House and the Courts and works to advance the approach and principles of the NAE document ”For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility.”

Carey holds a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary.

A 26-year veteran of World Relief, he has led church-based holistic ministries including refugee resettlement, immigrant services, maternal and child health, disaster relief, microfinance, agriculture, advocacy and HIV/AIDS in the United States and five other countries. He enjoys preaching, teaching and speaking on evangelical civic engagement and on any of the topics covered in For the Health of the Nation: religious liberty, protecting children and families, sanctity of life, justice for the poor, human rights, peace and creation care.

Information from Carey said: “Evangelicals believe that government is a gift from God for the common good. Good governance creates the conditions in which human beings fulfill their responsibilities as God’s image bearers and as stewards of God’s creation. Government plays an important role in protecting life, preserving freedom, and creating an environment in which families, churches, businesses and other human institutions can thrive.”

Chowning said KHIPP focuses its attention on “facilitating public policy study and issues debate, while encouraging the involvement of Christian leaders in the public and civic arenas.”
“KHIPP invites you, the concerned citizen and student of the American political process, to attend one or more events to be presented this spring on the campus of Campbellsville University,” he said.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate programs, 17 master’s degrees and five postgraduate areas. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.