JCA 2018 Keynote Speaker

Rev Joel Edwards


Rev Joel Edwards is director of advocacy at Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) an agency working for religious freedom and human rights. Rev Edwards is also a doctoral student with St John’s College, Durham where he is also Visiting Fellow.

He is freelance broadcaster with the BBC, a writer and international speaker on a wide range of areas including bible teaching, issues of justice, leadership, faith and society. Joel is also involved in a small number of consultancies and personal mentoring.

Joel’s wide range of experiences includes 11 years as general director of the Evangelical Alliance UK and 10 years leadership in Micah Challenge International – a global faith based response to extreme poverty.

Currently, he is an honorary Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral, and Visiting Fellow at Spurgeon’s College. Joel has been awarded three honorary doctorates including St Andrews University.

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