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Michael Wear  

Consultant and Former Obama White House and Campaign Staffer on Faith, Politics and American Life

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 Washington, D.C.

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Topics Include:

  • Faith and Public Life
  • Religion and Politics
  • Presidential Politics
  • Political Campaigns
  • Christianity in the 21st Century
  • Adoption
  • Calling
  • Jesus and the Christian faith
  • Justice and the Common Good


Stop Explaining Away Black Christian Forgiveness | Christianity Today

Michael Wear/ June 24, 2015. Stop Explaining Away Black Christian Forgiveness . Image: Win McNamee / Getty Images. Vigil Held For Victims Of Charleston ...

Why Politics Still Matters | Christianity Today

Why Politics Still Matters. The temptation to withdraw is ever with us. Michael Wear/ February 12, 2015. Why Politics Still Matters. Image: Alex Wong / Getty ...

The American Family Is Making a Comeback - The Atlantic

Michael Wear; Oct 1, 2014. On April 24, 2012, President Obama went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to make his case for student-loan forgiveness and college ...

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