Our Vision

The Religion News Service aims to be the largest single source of news about religion, spirituality and ideas. We strive to inform, illuminate and inspire public discourse on matters relating to belief and convictions.


RNS is a non-profit, limited liability corporation owned by the Religion Newswriters Foundation and based at the National Press Building in Washington, D.C., with a business office at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Mo. RNS’s mission is to provide in-depth, non-sectarian coverage of religion, spirituality and ideas.

RNS advances its mission through our website and by partnering with regional hubs and a diverse group of subscribers who distribute our work.

RNS strives to meet the highest standards of public service journalism. Through our work, we report, write, compile, record and post news, features, photos and video.

Our goal is to promote civic engagement and discourse on religion. We strive to inform and challenge our readers, out of a conviction that religious literacy is a necessary component of effective citizenship.

RNS does not endorse or promote any particular religion, creed or set of beliefs or non-beliefs. We are a secular organization committed to an ongoing conversation about the role of religion in public life.

Board of Managers

  • Shona Crabtree, president; freelance religion reporter and producer
  • Heidi Thompson, chair; publisher and CEO of Religion News Service
  • Don Southworth, treasurer; executive director of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
  • Phil Haslanger, secretary; pastor of Memorial United Church of Christ, Fitchburg, Wisc.
  • Jerry Pattengale, University Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University and executive director of education at Museum of the Bible (DC)
  • Jeff Diamant, doctoral student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
  • Bob Smietana, senior news editor for Christianity Today; former RNA president