Michael Evans Jr. has joined the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission staff as director of public policy.
He succeeds Kathryn Freeman, who resigned last summer after about five years in that role to pursue full-time studies at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary.
“We thank God for sending Michael Evans Jr. to the CLC,” CLC Director Gus Reyes said. “He is committed to Christ. This role is the natural culmination of his academic, spiritual and work experiences. His love for the local church is evident throughout his testimony. He will make long-lasting ministry contributions for the cause of Christ in Texas Baptists and beyond.”
As director of public policy, Evans will lead CLC efforts related to government and legislation, and he will talk to elected legislators regarding public policy priorities.
Evans will also speak at churches across the state, educating them about governmental awareness and involvement.
Evans looks forward to helping churches see how the Bible relates to contemporary issues.
“We stand on the word of God, and every position that we take is based on Scripture. We love all of God’s people and want what’s best for them,” he said. “I’m excited about the marriage between politics and Scripture in this role.”
Evans graduated from Morehouse College with an undergraduate degree in political science. He will graduate with his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in May.
His political experience includes serving as a field representative for Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, who serves District 33 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Evans has also served in various capacities at multiple churches and has spoken at town hall meetings on behalf of churches. Evans is passionate about youth development and was the Princeton Young Achievers Site Director, where he coordinated afterschool tutoring for low-income students at a local school.
His father, Michael Evans Sr., is pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield and president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.