Rev. Steven Baines is Assistant Field Director/Religious Outreach Director at Americans United for Separation of Church and State where he is responsible for the organization's national engagement with and mobilization of people of faith. Before coming to Americans United, he served as Director of Interfaith Outreach at both the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and People For the American Way. He has also served as Executive Director for Equal Partners in Faith, a national interfaith organization committed to fighting racism, sexism and homophobia.
Rev. Baines has served as both senior pastor and associate ministers in Southern Baptist churches in North and South Carolina. Since 1999, he has been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is currently serving as the Moderator at the denomination’s national cathedral in Washington, DC, National City Christian Church. He has also held positions at that congregation as Chair of the Elders, Deacons and a regular Christian education scholar.
Rev. Baines is a national spokesperson on issues of faith and politics and has been featured debating leaders of the Religious Right and the so-called “ex-gay” movement on CNN, CSPAN, Court TV and numerous syndicated talk radio shows.