Christian Coalition of America Names Jason Christy Executive Director: Advisory council of Christian leaders to be established
Washington D.C. -- One of the nation’s leading Christian publishers has been named Executive Director of the Christian Coalition of America.
Jason T. Christy, Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Church Report, a national news and business journal for pastors and Christian leaders, was introduced September 19th by the Christian Coalition’s president, Roberta Combs. “The Coalition has always relied on leadership with a solid understanding of America’s Christian community and the public policy issues that impact it,” said Combs. “Jason Christy has demonstrated that understanding, as well as the ability to inspire and encourage people of faith to action. I look forward to working with him.”
The 34-year-old Christy, a graduate of Boston University, has launched several successful magazines in a 12-year publishing career, including both The Church Report and the business journal Church Executive. His interest in public policy has been evident in national debates he has covered in The Church Report, including embryonic stem-cell research, the changing definition of marriage in society, and right to life issues.
“I am honored and humbled to be chosen by the Christian Coalition’s Board of Directors for this key position,” said Christy. “It is crucial at this time in our nation for people of faith to engage the culture, and to realize that at the grassroots level they can make a difference.”
Christy noted that because of its success with grassroots activists, the Christian Coalition has made a huge difference in Washington and in state legislatures. “It’s all part of being ’salt and light’ in today’s society,” he said.
One of Christy’s first jobs will be to establish an advisory council, made up of a wide range of Christian leaders from across the country.
Among those congratulating Christy and the Christian Coalition were several leaders Christy has worked closely with as a Christian publisher, including Paul Crouch, Jr., Vice President of Administration for Trinity Broadcasting Network. “All of us here at TBN want to congratulate Jason on his new position as Executive Director of the Christian Coalition of America,” said Crouch in a statement. “We are excited about the synergies between the two organizations and anticipate God’s blessings as we work together. Jason is the right man at the right time for Christian grassroots activism.”
John Charles, Executive Director of Media Relations for the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, said that Christy’s passion for seeing the church make a difference in society makes him the perfect choice to direct the Christian Coalition. “The Church needs strong leadership to make an effective impact in the public arena,” said Charles.
“Jason will certainly be at the forefront of that leadership over the next few years.”
Christy emphasized that it is critical for all Christians to be involved in cultural and political issues. “There are too many secularists looking to create a mind-set of relativity -- that anything goes,” explained Christy. “Our Christian faith mandates that we be active in the public debate so that our values aren’t set aside. We need to work to ensure that our children and grandchildren can live in a society that places a premium on life, freedom, liberty, and justice.”
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