Key Voice for Religious Liberty in Washington to Speak at Gardner-Webb University

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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.— A leading voice on issues of national religious liberty in Washington, D.C., will give a distinguished lecture titled “Religion, the Presidency, the Election” at Gardner-Webb University on Monday, Jan. 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Blanton Auditorium, located inside Hamrick Hall.  The event is sponsored by GWU’s Life of the Scholar (LOTS) program.

K. Hollyn Hollman is the general counsel for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) in Washington. Hollman will also speak at the University’s Dimensions program on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 9:25 a.m. in the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center.  Both events are free and open to the public.

As general counsel, Hollman provides legal analysis on church-state issues that arise before Congress, the courts, and administrative agencies.  Her work includes preparing friend-of-the-court submissions, presentations for research institutions and religious organizations, and issue briefings for congressional staff.

Hollman writes a regular column for the BJC’s monthly publication, “Report from the Capital,”  and she consults with national print media on church-state relations.  She has contributed to leading publications like the Washington Post, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor and Christian Century. Hollman has also appeared on National Public Radio, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News Channel, NBC Nightly News and PBS “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.”

“Gardner-Webb University’s Statement of Values affirms historic Baptist principles, including religious freedom,” said Dr. Tracy Jessup, vice president for Christian life and service and senior minister to Gardner-Webb.  “For over 75 years, the Baptist Joint Committee has provided education about and advocacy for religious liberty.  We are delighted to provide our students the opportunity to hear the person who serves as the general counsel for this historic organization.”

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request ten working days prior to the event.  Please call 704-406-3549 to make a request.

Fore more information, contact Dr. Michael Kuchinsky at 704-406-3806 or email

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University seeks a higher ground in higher education – one that embraces faith and intellectual freedom, balances conviction with compassion, and inspires in students a love of learning, service, and leadership.