An organization once synonymous with the religious right has named as its new president a pastor who is becoming known as a critic of conservative Christians wedded to Republican politics.
The Christian Coalition last month named Joel Hunter, pastor of the Northland Church in the Orlando, Florida, area, as president. He replaces Roberta Combs, who headed the organization as it lately declined precipitously in influence, size and prestige.
Hunter will work on a part-time basis for the coalition and remain pastor at Northland, which is one church distributed among five concurrent worship sites. He reportedly will move the coalition’s headquarters from Washington to the Orlando area. Combs will keep the title of chairman of the group.