Friday 11 December 2020

Press release

After 10 years as director of advocacy, Dr David Landrum is leaving the Evangelical Alliance

After 10 years as director of advocacy, Dr David Landrum is leaving the Evangelical Alliance to take up the role as director of advocacy and public affairs at Open Doors UK and Ireland.

During his time at the Evangelical Alliance Dr Landrum has been instrumental in establishing the charity’s Public Leadership programme across the UK and in equipping Christians with knowledge of the current legal freedoms they have to share their faith.

With a long-standing commitment to freedom of religion and belief, Dr Landrum chairs the Religious Liberty Commission, which brings together charities Release International, CSW and Open Doors to support persecuted Christians worldwide, and works extensively in Westminster and Whitehall to promote and preserve gospel freedoms in the UK beyond.

Evangelical Alliance CEO Gavin Calver said, “Dave has made a significant contribution to the work of the Evangelical Alliance over the last decade. He has achieved so much during his tenure, including the hugely significant Speak Up resource which equips and inspires Christians to confidently share their faith. I am praying for him as he moves on to Open Doors UK & Ireland and uses his advocacy gifts on behalf of the persecuted church.”

Dr Landrum commented, “In these turbulent times I hope that I can help Open Doors UK & Ireland to secure religious freedom for God’s people. I believe this is both urgent and essential, because Jesus is quite literally the hope of the nations.”

Henrietta Blyth, CEO for Open Doors UK & Ireland, said, “Open Doors has an urgent message for our leaders and opinion formers. Around the world, religious freedom is being eroded and suppressed, often violently. It’s a human rights issue as urgent as any that we currently face. If we ignore it, we allow extremism and totalitarianism to win the day. I believe Dr Landrum is the man to help us sound the alarm, both in Westminster and around the country.”

Dr Landrum takes up the new post in January 2021. He is married to Valeria and lives in Bedfordshire

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