The Rev. Leith Anderson, pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie and president of the National Association of Evangelicals, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The council brings together religious and secular leaders as well as scholars and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations in order to make recommendations to the government on how to improve partnerships.

The president will announce additional members to this Council at a later date. Obama said in a news release Friday, "I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have agreed to join this administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."

Anderson's bio on the release reads:

The rest of the appointees are: