There was arguably no religious demographic that made more headlines in the United States in 2017 than evangelicals.
Whether it was for supporting President Donald Trump, being critical of the new administration or even opening a new museum dedicated to the Bible in the nation's capital, quite a few evangelicals left an imprint on 2017.
Here's a look at seven evangelicals who made an impact in 2017.
Green, the president of Hobby Lobby, serves as chairman of the board for the recently opened Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. and is the leader behind one of the world's largest private collections of rare biblical artifacts known as the Green Collection.
As chairman of the Museum of the Bible, Green assembled academics, designers and professionals who helped create the 430,000-square-foot, $500 million facility that opened in November just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
One of the most controversial pieces in the museum is a collection of fragments that purport to be a part of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are believed to be the oldest surviving fragments of biblical accounts.
While critics have questioned the authenticity of the fragments, the museum has indicated that research into the fragments is still ongoing.
Although Samuel Rodriguez was one of six faith leaders to speak at Trump's inauguration in January, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference was one of the leading conservative evangelical leaders who voiced his concerns with some of the administration's immigration policies.
As Rodriguez also served in an advisory capacity to the Trump administration, he voiced his displeasure after reports indicated in the early months of the presidency that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were targeting law-abiding undocumented immigrants for deportation.
Rodriguez told CP in March that he had been assured by the transition team that law-abiding undocumented immigrants and their families would not be separated due to immigration policies. He criticized a memo issued in February by former Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on border security and interior enforcement orders, saying it enabled ICE to "execute without really exercising due diligence on the president's promise."
Rodriguez also signed a statement opposing the Trump administration's proposed cuts to foreign aid that is used to help impoverished people across the world.
Rodriguez also directly expressed his concern with the White House after the Trump administration decided earlier this year to remove Obama's temporary protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought the U.S. illegally as children.
In June, Rodriguez voiced concerns about the administration eliminating protections for parents who entered the U.S. illegally but who have children who were born in the U.S. and are American citizens.
Despite voicing his concerns about immigration issues, Rodriguez wasn't afraid to denounce claims by the media and left-wing activists that Trump is a white supremacist.
The #MeToo hashtag spread like a wildfire this past October with women worldwide sharing their stories of how they were sexually assaulted or harassed.
Among those to chime in about the movement was Beth Moore, the 60-year-old founder of Living Proof Ministries in Texas, a Bible-based organization for women. Although Moore has shared her experiences of abuse for years, she used the momentum from the #MeToo movement to launch her own #WeToo movement.
As many celebrities and political figures were disgraced by sexual assault and misconduct allegations this year, Moore wrote an op-ed that was published Dec. 13 titled "Why consent isn't all there is to it." The op-ed explains that parents have a role to play in training their children to have the confidence to use the word "no."
Moore also joined hundreds of other Christian leaders by signing onto the #SilenceIsNotSpiriutal declaration, a campaign to get evangelical churches to "stand with" women who experience sexual violence and "stand up for women" who experience abuse and violence.
In mid-December, Moore took to Twitter to assert that "We've let evil overtake the entire reputation of evangelicalism," suggesting that things like racism, misogyny and arrogance have plagued the evangelical movement.
In April, a new documentary was released that focused on the life of Strobel, a former atheist journalist whose quest to disprove biblical accounts of the resurrection after his wife became a Christian actually led him to Christ.
The documentary goes by the same title as Strobel's best-selling 1998 book, The Case for Christ. Strobel, who is played by actor Mike Vogel, is shown in the documentary interviewing experts about the resurrection and the validity of biblical accounts.
"Some of the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus helped convince me, as an atheist journalist, that there is really truth behind the Christian claims," Strobel told The Christian Post.
According to megachurch pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie, he was brought to tears by the documentary and urged all atheists to see it.
"I have to say, this is the movie you have been waiting on to take your unbelieving friend to, especially if your friend happens to be an atheist," Laurie said in March.
The Florida televangelist became known during the 2016 presidential election as Trump's "God whisperer" as she helped rally the support of prominent evangelical leaders around the thrice married billionaire real estate mogul before the general election.
Having known Trump for over 17 years, White, the 51-year-old pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, is considered to be Trump's closest spiritual adviser and often attests to the president's Christian faith. She was also one of six faith leaders to speak at Trump's inauguration.
Throughout the first year of Trump's presidency, White has played a vital role in a group of about 20 to 30 evangelical leaders who regularly serve as informal advisers to the Trump administration.
White and the other evangelical advisers have made visits to the White House and Eisenhower Executive Office building a number of times throughout the year for meetings and listening sessions with administration officials.
There has been much reported on how the informal advisers have pressured the administration to take certain actions, such as recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or reversing Obama's military transgender policy.
Much like White, Moore has played a vital role as an informal adviser to the Trump administration and has participated in several meetings with administration officials and the likes of Jared Kushner, Vice President Mike Pence and Trump.
Moore, who is a human rights activist and public relations executive, formerly served as the senior vice president of communications at Liberty University. He now heads The Kairos Company, which provides media relations for many of the evangelical pastors and authors who serve as advisers to the Trump administration.
Moore is considered to be the informal spokesperson for the group of evangelical advisers to the Trump administration.
Moore's Kairos Company also serves a number of other prominent evangelical leaders and organizations.
Throughout 2017, Moore met with world leaders and was included in a group of U.S. evangelical leaders who met with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in November, a first between the Egyptian president and evangelical leaders from the U.S.
Moore, who often travels overseas, also met with and interviewed several persecuted Christians throughout the world whom he wrote about in his 2017 book, The Martyr's Oath: Living for the Jesus They're Willing to Die For.
Moore, who maintains great relationships across theological boundaries, was given the "Medal of Valor" award by the leading Jewish human rights organization, The Simon Wiesenthal Center, for his work of advocating for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
In 2017, Mike Pence went from being the governor of Indiana to the vice president of the United States.
For many evangelicals, Trump's selection of Pence, a conservative with a strong pro-life record, as a running mate in the 2016 election was what helped win over their support in addition to Trump's vow to select conservative judicial nominees.
According to The Hill, the 58-year-old Pence broke more ties in the U.S. Senate in his first year in office than any other vice president in history, having broken six ties. He was also the first vice president to cast a tie-breaking vote to confirm a cabinet member, when he voted in favor of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in February.
By comparison, former Vice President Joe Biden did not cast one tie breaking vote during his eight years in office.
Throughout 2017, Pence delivered symbolic remarks at a number of events that showed certain Christian communities that the Trump administration stands with them.
In January, the vice president spoke at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. and also spoke at the World Summit of Persecuted Christians in Washington, D.C., an event organized by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
In October, Pence spoke at an In Defense of Christians solidarity dinner in which he promised that the U.S. would bypass the United Nations and provide aid directly to organizations that are on the ground helping religious minority communities victimized by the Islamic State.