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Michael Wear and Dan Darling The Exchange Podcast 061

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Consultant and writer Michael Wear and Dan Darling the Vice President of Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, covered a range of topics about cultural and political engagement with Ed Stetzer during this episode of The Exchange.

Daniel Darling is the Vice President for Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

For five years, Dan served as Senior Pastor of Gages Lake Bible Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and is the author ofActivist faith several books, including Teen People of the Bible, Crash Course, iFaith, Real, and his latest, Activist Faith. He is a weekly contributor to Out of Ur, the blog of Leadership Journal. His work has been featured in evangelical publications such as Relevant Magazine, Homelife, Focus on the Family, Marriage Partnership, In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley. He has guest-posted on leading blogs such as Michael Hyatt, The Gospel Coalition, OnFaith (Washington Post), and others. He is a contributing writer for many publications including Stand Firm, Enrichment Journal and others. Dan’s op-eds have appeared in Washington Posts’ On Faith,’s Belief Blog, and other newspapers and opinion sites. He is a featured blogger for, and, Covenant Eyes, G92, and others. 

He and his wife Angela have four children and reside in the Nashville area.

Find him online at and @dandarling.

Michael Wear is a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life.

As one of President Obama’s “ambassadors to America’s believers” (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts. Today, Michael is a sought-after consultant helping religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape. Michael also writes for The Atlantic, Relevant Magazine and other publications on faith, politics and culture. He serves on the national board of Bethany Christian Services, the nation’s largest adoption agency.

Michael and his wife, Melissa, are both proud natives of Buffalo, New York. They now reside in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Find him online at and @MichaelRWear.

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