21 June 2011
Dr David Landrum takes up new role as Director of Advocacy
Dr Dave Landrum has been appointed as Director of Advocacy for the Evangelical Alliance.
In his new role, Dr Landrum hopes to encourage Christians to articulate a confident, distinctive and dynamic message for personal and social transformation across the nation. He will also lead the public policy and theology teams at the Alliance.
Put simply, Dr Landrum wants to resource Christians to be more effectively and extensively engaged in public life at a time when there appears to be a secular agenda to push faith into the margins of society.
Ordinarily, this would be a tough job for one man. However, Dr Landrum, 46, won't be relying solely on himself. That's because he hopes to galvanise into action members of the Evangelical Alliance across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Dr Landrum says: "There are many challenges, but also many opportunities for shaping our culture with the gospel, and I look forward to contributing to the Evangelical Alliance's important mission to be a network, a resource, and a voice for evangelicals."
He believes that there has never been a better time for Christians to take up the mantle.
"We need to prayerfully seek God making an impact in public life in the UK, whilst resisting the temptation to see ourselves as becoming just another self-designated victim group protesting from the sidelines. Rather, our agenda is to engage at the very heart of social, political, cultural and economic life in the UK - because our God has a view on these things, and calls us to get stuck in."
Dr Landrum was previously appointed Parliamentary Officer for the Bible Society. He grew up in Bootle, Liverpool, where he left school without any academic qualifications. After becoming a Christian nearly two decades ago, he went on to gain a first-class degree in contemporary politics and urban policy studies, before completing a doctorate in politics and policy process in education.
Dr Landrum lives in Surrey with his wife Gill, who is an intensive care nurse at an NHS hospital. The couple have two grown-up sons, who are all Everton FC supporters.
Steve Clifford, general director of the Alliance, says: "We are delighted to have David join the team here at the Evangelical Alliance. Dave will bring a sharp mind, a passion for God and a tremendous ability to make strategic relationships across both church and political spheres."
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Notes to Editors
The Evangelical Alliance
We are the largest and oldest body representing the UK’s two million evangelical Christians. For more than 165 years, we have been bringing Christians together and helping them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society. We’re here to connect people for a shared mission, whether it’s celebrating the Bible, making a difference in our communities or lobbying the government for a better society. From Skye to Southampton, from Coleraine to Cardiff, we work across 79 denominations, 3,500 churches, 750 organisations and thousands of individual members. And we're not just uniting Christians within the UK – we are a founding member of the World Evangelical Alliance, a global network of more than 600 million evangelical Christians. For more information, go to www.eauk.org.