by Leah Allen — August 25, 2014
AUSTIN – Kathryn Freeman has been named director of public policy for Texas Baptists’ Christian Life Commission (CLC).
The CLC helps Texas Baptists, churches, communities and government leaders give voice to critical issues in society from a Christian and biblical perspective. Freeman will lead the CLC’s efforts related to government and legislation.
“I’m very encouraged that we will have Kathryn alongside Dr. Gus Reyes and Ferrell Foster as a strong presence in Austin at the legislative session this next spring,” said David Hardage, executive director of Texas Baptists.
Freeman earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Texas A&M University and graduated with her juris doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law. She formerly served as attorney for Texas Appleseed and policy coordinator for the Institute of Urban Policy.
She lives in Austin and is a member of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Freeman said she is looking forward to her new role where she can combine her passion for public policy with faith.
Gus Reyes, director of CLC, is confident Freeman will be a great addition to the team. “Kathryn brings the CLC a skill-set that enhances our capacity to establish connections between legislative efforts, pastors and church members,” he said.
As director, Freeman aspires to educate Texas Baptist churches on the importance of governmental awareness and involvement.
“I would really like to contribute to a better understanding of the way public policy affects our lives and why your church, or you as a Texas Baptist, should really engage in what the Christian Life Commission is doing,” she said.
Freeman also wants to enlighten churches about the collaboration that can take place with the government on community issues that are often overlooked, such as child poverty, hunger and human trafficking.
“For Texas Baptists, or Christians in general, if there’s an issue that you care about and if we take God’s command to care for the widows and orphans seriously, the government does have a role to play in providing that care,” she explained.
Freeman finally hopes to see a system of engagement for Texas Baptists to advocate for their communities with local officials. She desires to put a structure in place that will help churches better engage with elected officials and policy makers about issues that are important to Texas Baptists and their communities.
For more information on the Christian Life Commission, visit texasbaptists.org/clc.