Faith and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Religion in the White House - An Evening with Melissa Rogers


Faith and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Religion in the White House - An Evening with Melissa Rogers

Join us for an evening with Melissa Rogers, Visiting Professor at the School of Divinity, for a conversation on the role faith has played in the White House. Drawing on research for her forthcoming book and personal experience from her tenure as special assistant to President Barack Obama and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Rogers will share insights on the relationship between religious communities and government, including the value of partnerships between them and the ways in which church-state boundaries protect both faith and freedom.

Rogers will be intereviewed by Ashley Escoe (JD/MDiv '16). Escoe has an affection for ministry, social justice, and how the practice of law intersects with nearly every aspect of life, which led her to the Juris Doctor and Master of Divinity joint degree program at Wake Forest University. While at Wake Forest she served as a Fellow at The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, a leading voice in Washington, D.C. fighting to uphold the historic Baptist principle of religious freedom. After graduating from Wake Forest in 2016, Escoe clerked for the Honorable Cheri Beasley, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. She earned a bachelor of science in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has previously served as a campus ministry intern and with a small coffee company that works to foster reconciliation and community in Rwanda following the genocide there by bringing people together through coffee production. Escoe currently lives in Atlanta and is an Associate at Wargo French, a full-service law firm. She is licensed to practice law in both North Carolina and Georgia, and is ordained in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF). 

Join us at Footnote in Downtown Winston-Salem. Parking is available in lots directly behind Foothills Brewpub and Bookmarks bookstore along Holly Avenue and Poplar Street.

sponsored by the Wake Forest University School of Divinity's Baptist Commons and the School of Law

Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Footnote 634 W. 4th Street Ste. #120 Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Event Type

Speakers, Special Events, Community


School of Divinity, Baptist Commons​, School of Law

Target Audience

Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students, Prospective Students




Contact name

C. Mark Batten, Assistant Dean

Contact email

Contact phone number


Google Calendar iCal Outlook

Recent Activity