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Richard Land, D. Phil.

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Richard Land, D. Phil.

President (A.B., 1969; Th.M., 1972; D.Phil., 1980; Honorary D.D., 2009) Dissertation: The Doctrinal Controversies of English Particular Baptists (1644-1691) As Illustrated by the Career and Writings of Thomas Collier

Prior to becoming the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, Richard Land served as the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Currently, he serves as the Executive Editor of The Christian Post.

Dr. Land was appointed to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2001 and was subsequently reappointed to three additional terms of service through 2012. In 2007, The Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement was established by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where Dr. Land is a Visiting Professor. Dr. Land also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. In 2012 Dr. Land received The Champions of Justice Award, presented by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (also known as the Hispanic Evangelical Association).

Dr. Richard Land is a well-respected commentator on issues related to religion, politics, history and culture, and has appeared in thousands of media interviews in most major media outlets over the course of his carreer.

Education
  • D. D. (Honorary), 2009, Criswell College

  • D. Phil., 1980, Oxford University

  • Th. M., 1972, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

  • A.B., 1969, Princeton University

Books Authored
  • The Divided States of America: What Liberals and Conservatives Get Wrong about Faith and Politics (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011).

  • The Baptist Faith & Message (Nashville: Lifeway Press, 2008).

  • The Divided States of America? What Liberals and Conservatives Are Missing in the God-and-Country Shouting Match! (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007).

  • Mercury Rising: 8 Issues That Are Too Hot to Handle (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2006).

  • Imagine! A God Blessed America: What It Would Look Like and How It Could Happen (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2005).

  • Real Homeland Security (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2003).

  • For Faith and Family (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002).

  • One Nation Under God: Our Founding Documents (Nashville: For Faith and Family, 2002).

  • Send a Message to Mickey (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998).

  • Herschel M. Hobbs: Baptist Why and Why Not Revisted (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997).

  • Christians in the Public Square: Faith in Practice (Nashville: Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Publications, 1996).

  • Life at Risk: The Crises in Medical Ethics (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995).

  • Citizen Christians: The Rights and Responsibilities of Dual Citizenship (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1994).

  • The Earth Is the Lord's: Christians and the Environment (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992).

  • The Criswell Study Bible (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1979).

  • Baptist Confessional Statement: A People Identifying Themselves Through the Enunciation of Their Faith (Dallas: Criswell Publications, 1978).

Articles
  • "Just Immigration Reform: Foundational Principles," Regent Journal Of Law & Public Policy, vol. 3, no. 1 (2001): 68-93.

  • "A Just, Fair, and Compassionate Immigration Policy," The Review of Faith & International Affairs, vol. 9, no. 1 (2011).

  • "Would the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons Make the World More Peaceful and Safe," Defending the Faith, Engaging the Culture: Essays Honoring L. Russ Bush (2011).

  • "Congruent Election: Understanding Salvation from an 'Eternal Now' Perspective," Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism (2010).

  • "World Congress of Families Profiles in Leadership," World Congress of Families, vol. 3, no. 8 (2009): 5.

  • "The Christian and Alcohol," Criswell Theological Review, vol. 5, no. 2 (2008).

  • "American Religious Democracy: Coming to Terms with the End of Secular Politics," Journal of Law and Religion, vol. 23, no. 1 (2007-2008).

  • "Being Salt and Light in an Unsavory and Dark Age: The Christian and Politics," Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, vol. 11, no. 4 (2007).

  • "Human Rights, Genocide, and National Sovereignty: Just War Theory- Help or Hindrance?" Criswell Theological Review, vol. 4, no. 2 (2007).

  • "Seeing the Forest for the Trees," The Review of Faith & International Affairs, vol. 4, no. 3 (2006).

  • "On Alcohol Use," Center for Theological Research (2006).

  • "Pastoral Leadership: Authoritarian or Persuasive?" Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, vol. 3, no. 1 (2005).

  • "The Sanctity of Life in a Brave New World: A Manifesto on Biotechnology and Human Dignity," Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics, vol. 9, no. 2 (2003).

  • "The Great Commission Imperative: Proclaiming God's Truth in Word and Deed," Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Journal (1997).

  • "The Southern Baptist Convention, 1979-1993: What Happened and Why?" Baptist History and Heritage, vol. 28, no. 4 (1993): 3-13.

Academic Experience
  • President, Southern Evangelical Seminary (2013 - present).

  • Adjunct Professor, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2009 - present).

  • Visiting Professor, The Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2007 - present).

  • Visiting Professor, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1998 - present).

  • Visiting Distinguished Professor, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1995 - present).

  • Visiting Professor, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (1994 - present).

  • Visting Professor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1976 - present).

  • Faculty, Student Leadership University (1997 - present).

  • Visiting Professor, Besson Divinity School, Samford University (1994, 1996).

  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Criswell College (1988 - present).

  • Professor of Theology and Church History, Criswell College (1975 - 1988).

  • President, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Student Body Association (1971 - 1972).

Ministry Experience
  • Executive Editor, The Christian Post (2011 - present).

  • President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention (1988 - present).

  • Interim Pastor, Red Bank Baptist Church, Chattanooga TN (2011 - 2012).

  • Chairman, Great Commission Council, Southern Baptist Convention (2011-2012).

  • Interim Pastor, Tri-Cities Baptist Church, Kingsport TN (2009 - 2010).

  • Interim Pastor, Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga TN (2007 - 2008).

  • Co-chair, Ministry to Homosexual Task Force, which was a joint effort of LifeWay Christian Resources and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to reach out to homosexuals, 2007.

  • Interim Pastor, Tusculum Hills Baptist Church, Antioch TN (2005 - 2007).

  • Interim Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, Lebanon TN (2001 - 2002).

  • Member, Executive Committee named by chairman Adrian Rogers that drafted "Baptist Faith and Message," 2000.

  • Member, Southern Baptist Convention- elected Committee that draftted the article on "The Family" that was adopted with little dissent as Article XVIII of the "Baptist Faith and Message" by messengers attending the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, 1998.

  • Interim Pastor, Green Hill Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet TN (1997 - 1998).

  • Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Ft. Smith AR (1991).

  • Interim Pastor, Carmel Baptist Church, Charlotte NC (1990 - 1991).

  • Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas TX (1975 - 1988).

  • Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Irving TX (1985 - 1987).

  • Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Lake Dallas TX (1982).

  • Interim Pastor, Park Tower Baptist Church, Plano TX (1981 - 1982)

  • Interim Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, DeSoto TX (1980 - 1981).

  • Interim Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Dallas TX (1979).

  • Interim Pastor, Meadowbrook Baptist Church, Irving TX (1976 - 1977).

  • Pastor, South Oxford Baptist Church, Oxford, England (1972 - 1975).

  • Pastor, Vieux Carre Baptist Church, New Orleans LA (1970 - 1972).

  • Assistant Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church, New Orleans LA (1969 - 1970).

Professional Memberships
  • The Criswell College Board of Trustees (2010 - present).

  • Marriage Savers Advisory Board (2010 - present).

  • Center for Religious Freedom Advisory Board (2007 - presen)t.

  • Executive Committe of Arlington Group (2003 - present).

  • National Interfaith Advisory Board for Cover The Uninsured Week (2003 - present).

  • Christian Film & TV Commission Advisory Board (2003 - present).

  • Hope for the Heart Advisory Board (2003 - preesent).

  • National Religious Broadcasters Board of Trustees (2002 - present).

  • Covenant Marriage Task Force, Executive Committee (2000 - present).

  • Institute on Religion and Public Policy, Board Member (2000 - present).

  • Religious & Ethics Newsweekly (PBS), Advisory Committee (2000 - present).

  • Council on National Policy (1999 - present).

  • Founding Fellow, Research Institute, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention (1999 - present).

  • Christian Booksellers Association (1998 - present).

  • National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent & Disabled Inc., Board Member (1996 - present).

  • National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families, Executive Board Member (1998 - 2008).

  • World Journalism Institute, Advisory Board (2003 - 2005).

  • Leadership Nashville, Alumni Class of 2001 - 2002.

  • Rotary Club of Nashville (1990 - 1997).

  • Alliance for a Drug-Free Society, Board Member (1991 - 1992).

Personal
  • Dr. Land is married to Rebekah, and has three children: Jennifer, Richard Jr., and Rachel.

Awards & Recognitions
  • The Champions of Justice Award, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, 2012.

  • Ambassador of Christian Ethics, Regent University, 2011.

  • Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth, Biola University, 2010.

  • W.A. Criswell Award for Public Service, Criswell College, 2008.

  • The Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement was established by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007.

  • Truth and Media Award, Tennessee Right to Life, 2007.

  • Carl F.H. Henry Society of Fellows, Union University, 2007.

  • Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Distinguished Service Award, 2003.

  • H. Paul Pressler Service Award, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, 2002.

  • John Leland Religous Liberty Award, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, 1999.

  • Alumnus Award, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1997.

  • Broadman Seminarian Award as Outstanding Graduating Student, 1972.

Government Service
  • Reappointed by Senator Mitch McConnell to the United States Commission on International Religions Freedom, 2010 - 2012.

  • International Religions Freedom, 2010 - 2012.

  • U.S. House Judiciary Subcommitte On Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law, Hearing on "The Ethical Imperative for Reform of our Immigration System," 2010.

  • Reappointed by Senator Mitch McConnell to the United States Commission on International Religous Freedom, 2007 - 2010.