WASHINGTON – Today, Baptist Joint Committee Executive Director J. Brent Walker announced his intentions to retire after 27 years with the organization. Rev. Walker and BJC have been longtime allies of Interfaith Alliance in our work to protect religious freedom. Following this announcement Interfaith Alliance Executive Director Rabbi Jack Moline and Interfaith Alliance President Emeritus Rev. Welton Gaddy offered their congratulations on behalf of the organization.

Rabbi Jack Moline said, “For years Brent has been a rock among those working to protect religious freedom in Washington. I am deeply grateful for his steady and principled leadership at the Baptist Joint Committee and for the inspiration he provided for all of us in the interfaith community. His retirement is well-deserved and comes at the end of a long list of accomplishments – all of us here at Interfaith Alliance wish him the very best.”

Rev. Welton Gaddy said, “Brent Walker has been a strong and tireless voice among Baptist leaders for religious freedom, a right historically cherished in our community but that has deteriorated in recent years. Brent has brought a compassionate and cooperative spirit to this sacred work. A true friend and a trusted colleague, his leadership will be missed among those striving to safeguard religious freedom.”

Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org.