Joel Edwards

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Rev Joel Edwards is strategic advisor with Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), an agency working for religious freedom and human rights. He is also a doctoral student with St John's College, Durham where he is a Visiting Fellow. Joel's wide range of experiences includes pastoral care, 12 years as a probation officer, 11 years as general director of the Evangelical Alliance UK and 10 years as a leader in Micah Challenge International - a global faith-based response to extreme poverty. In addition, he has served on a number of government bodies, including Commissioner on the Equality & Human Rights Commission UK, the Advisory Board on Human Rights and Religious Freedom with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and the Metropolitan Police's Independent Advisory Group (IAG).

Currently, he is an honorary Canon at St Paul's Cathedral, a Vice President of Barnardos, an advisory member on faith at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and a Visiting Fellow at Spurgeon’s College. Joel has been awarded three honorary doctorates, including from University of St Andrews.

He is married to Carol and they have two children and five grandchildren.