Rev Joel Edwards is strategic advisor with 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 a Visiting Fellow.
He is also freelance broadcaster with the BBC, a writer and international speaker on a wide range of areas including bible teaching, issues of justice, leadership, faith response to human rights, religious freedom and current affairs. Joel is also involved in a small number of consultancies and personal mentoring.
Joel’s wide range of experiences includes 12 years as a probation officer, pastoral experience, 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. In addition, he has served on a number of government bodies including Commissioner on the Equality & Human Rights Commission UK, the Advisory Board on Human Rights and Religious Freedom with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and the Metropolitan Police’s Independent Advisory Group (IAG).
Currently, he is an honorary Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral, a Vice President of Barnardos, an advisory member on faith at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and a 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.
He describes himself as a failed golfer and football fanatic but tries to make up for it with occasional trips to the gym and cinema for relaxation as well as secret solitaire when he probably should be studying.