NAE names new director of public policy advocate in Washington

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) recently named Galen Carey, a longtime employee of World Relief, as director of government affairs. He replaces Richard Cizik who resigned after shifting his views on same-sex unions.

"Carey will bring a fresh approach to evangelical advocacy in Washington," said Leith Anderson, president of the NAE.

Carey's experience spans the globe with numerous  jobs. He has spent 26 years with World Relief, serving from 2002-2004 as Washington's director for advocacy and policy.

He was a leading evangelical voice on refugee, immigration, and international relief and development issues and most recently developed a church network to confront the HIV/AIDS crisis in Burundi, Africa. He's also worked in Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique and Croatia.

"I am honored to be the fourth person in the NAE's 67-year history to fill this important role," Carey said. "I am excited to represent evangelical churches in Washington as we seek to protect children and families, promote religious freedom, peace and human rights, seek sustainable solutions to domestic and global poverty, promote a consistent ethic of life, and responsibly care for God's creation."

As the Director of Government Affairs, Carey will represent NAE's public policy positions which are outlined in its 2004 document, "For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility."

In December 2008, Cizik told a reporter on National Public Radio's program "Fresh Air," that his views of same-sex marriage, or at least civil unions, might be shifting, something the NAE does not support.