From L to R: Dr. Andy Graham (son-in-law), Jennifer Graham (older daughter), Dr. Richard Land, President Bush, Dr. Rebekah Land, Rachel Lewis (youngest daughter)
“Family Research Council proudly presents the 2013 Watchman Award to Dr. Richard Land, president, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and honors him for his uncompromising commitment to preach the Word of God and courageously apply biblical principles to the great moral issues of our day during 50 years of faithful and fruitful ministry; his ongoing dedication to encourage, train, and equip Christians to engage the culture and to participate in public policy decisions that advance the value of human life, biblical marriage, and religious liberty; his reasoned and eloquent defense of biblical values in the public arena, which is an example and inspiration to pastors and Christian leaders across the nation; his demonstration of outstanding servant leadership in inspiring Christians across the country to be salt and light, speaking truth to power, and courageously advancing faith, family and freedom.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council
I am Dr. Richard Land, and yes, the rumors you have heard are true. As of July 1, I will begin my service as president of Southern Evangelical Seminary. Through much prayer, the Lord’s guidance, consultation with godly leaders, and the unanimous invitation of the SES board of trustees, I have come to the conclusion that serving with the SES family as your president is God’s will for the next chapter in my life. I am both humbled and honored by the privilege of serving with you in the months and years ahead.
We share a mutual vision. For most of my ministry, like SES, I have labored to reach the lost, to strengthen the local church, and to defend the faith.
Over the years, it has become increasingly clear to me that the way you spell evangelism, discipleship, missions, and Christian education in the 21st century is “apologetics.”
For over 20 years, SES has admirably maintained a dual commitment to evangelism and apologetics. I look forward to strengthening that commitment in the years to come and to making SES THE place to go for the apologetics training needed to fulfill God’s calling, to equip the saints, to reach the lost, and to edify the saved.
Our nation and our churches desperately need revival, awakening, and reformation. People need to have solid answers to their honest questions. Hundreds of SES graduates are already proclaiming and defending the Christian faith from the pulpit, on campus and the mission field, and in the chaplaincy and corporate America.
My goal is to join with the SES family to produce an ever increasing number of graduates who will be the green berets and paratroopers of God’s army, and who will be used by him to win tremendous victories for Christ and his kingdom. I also fervently believe that online education is the future. SES and I are committed to providing the kind of quality, practical education you need wherever you are in the world.
I can think of no better place to be involved in teaching this generation and the next than here at SES.
In addition to my service as president, I will also be teaching at SES; beginning this summer I will be teaching core courses on a regular basis. Be sure to check back often for information on our innovative programs like the Institute of Scientific Apologetics and the Institute of Islamic Studies.
I look forward to meeting many of you this October at our 20th annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics, the nation’s longest running apologetics conference, and to serving with you as we seek to serve God together through SES, trusting that our best days are ahead of us – and we will give our heavenly Father all the glory.