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By BJC Staff Reports

Join us for a very special Religious Liberty Council Luncheon in Greensboro, North Carolina, on June 24 as we celebrate the Rev. J. Brent Walker’s 27 years of service with the BJC. Walker, who will retire as executive director at the end of 2016, will be the keynote speaker.

After serving as BJC associate general counsel and general counsel, Walker succeeded James M. Dunn as executive director in 1999. He helped lead legislative efforts such as the passing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993 and Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act in 2000. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, he became a leading voice against anti-Muslim sentiment. His tenure also includes an emphasis on education as well as advocacy in the courts and Congress, the change in the agency’s name from “Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs” to “Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty” in 2005, and the opening of the Center for Religious Liberty on Capitol Hill in 2012.

In addition to hearing Walker speak, the luncheon is an opportunity to meet members of the BJC staff and connect with other supporters of religious liberty.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly. The luncheon is open to the public, but you must have a ticket to attend.

Tickets will be available to purchase beginning April 1 at BJConline.org/luncheon.

From the February 2016 Report from the Capital. Click here to read the next story.