Rachel Held Evans


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Rachel Held Evans was a New York Times best-selling author and popular blogger who wrote about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Her books included Faith Unraveled (2010), A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012), Searching for Sunday (2015) and Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again (2018). With millions of visits each year, her blog became a renowned online hub for conversations about Christianity and culture.

Over her short career, she was featured on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly and Oprah.com. She also served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Her popularity as a writer kept her busy speaking across the country at conferences, Universities and Seminaries, and churches of all denominations across the United States and Canada. In 2015, in partnership with Nadia Bolz-Weber and Jim Chaffee, she launched the Why Christian Conference, which featured fresh, diverse voices responding to the question of why they continue in the faith. In 2018, along with Sarah Bessey and Jim Chaffee, she launched the Evolving Faith Conference, a gathering of wanderers, wonderers, and spiritual refugees to help them reimagine, rebuild, and resurrect their faith.

Chaffee Management group started working with Rachel in 2012 shortly before the release of A Year of Biblical Womanhood. Over their seven-year working relationship, Rachel was a client, a business partner, and most importantly, a dear friend. We are deeply grateful for our years together, and she will be missed dearly. We thank God for the ways she impacted everyone through her stories, her generosity, and her deep love for Jesus.

Rachel died on Saturday, May 4, 2019, after a brief and unexpected illness. She is survived by her husband Dan their two children, her parents Peter and Robin, and sister Amanda.