Michael Gerson, former speechwriter for the White House, will visit the Montreat College main campus on Wednesday, October 3 to present two messages on the topic of faith and politics. At 10 a.m. in Gaither Chapel, Gerson will give a lecture titled “Three Christian Responses to Suffering” and at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Prodigal he will present “Whose Responsibility is Opportunity? The Role of Government, Citizens, and Civil Society.” Both speaking events are free and open to the public.

Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post. Gerson serves as Senior Advisor at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning. He was a key administration advocate for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the fight against global sex trafficking, and funding for women’s justice and empowerment issues. He served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Speechwriting and Assistant to the President for Speechwriting and Policy Advisor. Gerson joined Bush’s presidential campaign in early 1999 as chief speechwriter and a senior policy adviser.

Gerson is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois. He grew up in the St. Louis area and now lives with his wife and sons in northern Virginia.