President Joe Biden issued an executive order Sunday re-establishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, following in the tradition of previous administrations.
Biden signed the order with the stated objective of seeking to “better serve people in need through partnerships with civil society while preserving our fundamental constitutional commitments.”
A stated goal of the faith-based office is “to assist in organizing more effective efforts to serve people in need across the country and around the world.” Additionally, the office seeks “to bring concerns, ideas, and policy options to Administration leadership for assisting, strengthening, and replicating partnerships, whether financial or nonfinancial, with faith-based and other community organizations.”
According to a fact sheet released by the White House, the office’s executive director is Melissa Rogers, who previously served in a similar capacity during the Obama administration from 2013 to 2017.
An evangelical Christian and White House senior advisor for public engagement, Josh Dickson, will serve as the office’s deputy director.
Dickson explained that then-Democratic nominee Biden was “developing relationships” with faith communities, including evangelicals.