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King University News :: Best-Selling Author Rachel Held Evans to Speak at King University and Kingsport Center for Higher Education on Feb. 24

BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 18, 2014 – Rachel Held Evans, best-selling author, noted speaker, and blogger will speak at King University’s Memorial Chapel on Feb. 24 at 9:15 a.m. and again that evening at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education in Kingsport, Tenn., at 7 p.m. as part of the Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute’s 2013-14 Lecture Series.  The series is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier. 

Rachel Held Evans is an award-winning author and popular blogger with over a quarter of a million visits to her blog each month. She has been featured in interviews on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The London Times, The Huffington Post, and In Oct. 2012, she appeared on the cover of Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch…those most shaping the church and culture.”

Rachel is the author of two books, “Evolving in Monkey Town: How A Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions,” which explores the relationship between faith and doubt and recounts the challenges of asking tough questions about Christianity in the context of the Bible Belt, and “A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head and Calling Her Husband Master,” which documents her year of following all the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible. 

As a speaker, Evan’s content is well researched and accessible, and her delivery is fresh and funny. Her youthfulness makes her relevant to the young and old alike. She speaks out of her own experience of growing up in a very conservative church tradition, which led to a crisis of faith during her college years. She now communicates with an appreciation for her foundation of faith while addressing an honest look at what scripture and the Gospel of Jesus really says to us today.

Payton Tipton, a junior English and Secondary Education student at King University and a blog follower notes, “Author, columnist, and blogger Rachel Held Evans writes with much wit and relevance that not only leaves you with a pleasant read, but with many questions about your own perceptions of biblical truth in modern society.”

Dale Brown, director of the Buechner Institute at King University, also adds, “For those familiar with the blogosphere, Rachel Held Evans is big news.  She is guaranteed to stir the pot.” 

Evans describes herself as being a skeptic, a creative, and a follower of Jesus. She hails from Dayton, Tenn., home of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, and is a lifelong Alabama Crimson Tide fan.

“Rachel Held Evans has become one of the most important young, female voices in issues facing contemporary Christianity,” said Jennifer Holberg, professor of English at Calvin College and chair of the Buechner Institute Board. “She’s asking lots of great questions—and getting lots of voices involved—in the most pressing debates of our time.”

Rachel Held Evans will speak at 9:15 a.m. at King University’s Memorial Chapel and at 7 p.m. at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education on Monday, Feb. 24. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit


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