[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/27/art.dobson0227.gi.jpg caption="Focus on the Family announced Friday that James Dobson has stepped down from his position as chairman of the group's board."]
(CNN) - James Dobson, evangelical leader of the Christian ministry Focus on the Family, has stepped down as board chairman, he announced Friday.
During a meeting with employees, Dobson, 72, said the move means he will no longer be involved with the administrative side of the ministry, according to spokesman Gary Schneeberger.
But Dobson's public role isn't expected to change. He'll still appear on his daily radio broadcast and as an advocate for socially conservative issues, Schneeberger said.