Rachel Held Evans


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Rachel Held Evans is a New York times best-selling author and popular blogger who writes about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Her books include Faith Unraveled (2010), A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012), and Searching for Sunday (2015). With millions of visits each year, her blog has become a renowned online hub for conversations about Christianity and culture.

Rachel has been featured on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly and Oprah.com. She also serves on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Her popularity as a writer also keeps her busy speaking across the country. She has spoken at The Festival of Faith and Writing, The Q Conference, Trinity Wall Street, Princeton University, Austin Theological Seminary, Eastern University, Baylor University, The Gay Christian Network Conference, The Wild Goose Festival, and a wide range of retreats, conferences, universities, and churches. In 2015, in partnership with Nadiz Bolz-Weber and Jim Chaffee, she launched the Why Christian Conference, which features fresh, diverse voices responding to the question of why they continue in the faith.

Her popularity as a writer also keeps her busy speaking across the country for retreats, conferences, universities and churches. Some of her most recent events have included Q, The Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma University, Baylor University Chapel, Fuller Theological Seminary, Abilene Christian University Summit, Mars Hill Church (Grand Rapids), Gordon College, Eastern Nazarene College, Hope International University, The Wild Goose Festival, The Story Conference, The Southern Festival of Books, and Soularize.

Rachel lives with her husband, Dan, in Dayton, Tennessee — home of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. Dan and Rachel were thrilled to welcome their first child, Henry, in February 2016. They worship at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Tennessee.