Dauphin Way United Methodist Church will host Rachel Held Evans as the speaker of the 2016 Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series. She will lead a special event for women of the community on Saturday morning, Sept. 24. On Sunday, Sept. 25, she will deliver the message during morning worship at 10:30 and will give a lecture on Sunday evening at 5:30. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing. All events will be held at Dauphin Way and are open to the entire community.

The Dill Women’s Event on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. carries the theme of “Women of Valor: A Biblical Call to Celebration.” The cost is $15 per person and includes brunch. The deadline for registration is Sept. 15. To register or for more information visit www.dauphinwayumc.org/dilllectureseries or call the church at 251-471-1511.

OaksRachel Held Evans is a New York Times best-selling author whose books include Faith Unraveled (2010), A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012), and Searching for Sunday (2015). Hailing from Dayton, Tennessee, she writes about faith, doubt and the tough questions of life. Searching for Sunday was recently chosen as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2015. Describing the author as “a powerful storyteller,” Publishers Weekly goes on to say that “Evans captures transformative moments.”

Rachel is also a nationally popular blogger, addressing a broad array of topics from her new adventures in motherhood to politics to Christianity and her personal spirituality. She terms her faith journey as “wrestling, meandering, stretching, struggling. My spiritual GPS has yet to chirp, ‘You have arrived.’” Rachel and her husband Dan Evans recently celebrated the birth of their first child, a son.

Rachel has been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Christianity Today, Slate, The Huffington Post, The CNN Belief Blog, and on NPR, The BBC, The Today Show, and The View. She maintains a busy schedule of speaking engagements at churches, conferences, and colleges and universities around the country. In January she was nominated to be a member of The President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The Dill Lecture Series was established in 2013 by Dauphin Way United Methodist Church Foundation to honor Dr. Stephen Dill and his wife Ruth for their 40 years of service to the church and to the community. The Lecture Series brings to Mobile esteemed speakers to offer their insights and inspiration to the Dauphin Way congregation and the community at large.