Land and George Barna Join Impressive Lineup of Speakers to Inspire Pastors and Believers

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Dr. Richard Land to Address Upcoming ‘U-Turn’ Conference, Hosted by Southern Evangelical Seminary Tomorrow

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land will join renowned social science researcher George Barna and other top speakers tomorrow for the American Pastors Network “U-Turn” event.

“U-Turn: A Roadmap for Renewal,” hosted by SES and geared toward pastors, ministry leaders and engaged believers, will equip, empower and educate attendees about the essentials to impact culture, especially now, as the culture changes rapidly.

“Southern Evangelical Seminary is looking forward to hosting the ‘U-Turn’ conference on Thursday,” Land said, “as we know how important pastors, churches and Christians will be in the start of a revival in our nation. As we look back on our nation’s history, the faithful have played an integral role in social change, and now, we know Christians and the church have an important role to play once again.”

Biblical and not political, the powerful day-long “U-Turn” conference on April 14 will feature some of the nation’s leading speakers who will share their incredible stories and inspiring words, demonstrating to pastors and ministry leaders that a new vision for their churches can be a catalyst for critical change.

Land, who will welcome attendees to the event, and Barna, executive director of the American Culture and Faith Institute, president of Metaformation and a widely published author, will serve together on a “U-Turn” panel titled “How Can We Affect Change: A Practical Perspective.” Moderated by North Carolina Pastors Network President Dave Kistler, the panel will also include historian David Barton, former NFL star and President of Reclaiming America for Christ Paul Blair and pilot/author Dr. Steve Scheibner.

Added APN President Sam Rohrer, “There has never been a more important time for pastors, ministry leaders and engaged believers to come together, uniting to learn more about how they can be a catalyst for change in our society. It’s easy to see from headlines alone that our country desperately needs to take a drastic ‘u-turn,’ and pastors, the church and the faithful will be the ones to lead the charge. Our incredible and insightful ‘U-Turn’ speakers are acutely tuned in to what our nation needs, and they know the time is now and the window is short to take action.”

“U-Turn: A Roadmap for Renewal—A Conversation with Pastors on Society, Culture and Leadership” will also feature Jeremy Dys, senior counsel for First Liberty, formerly the Liberty Institute; Gary Frazier, biblical writer and founder and president of Discovery Missions International; Bryan Smith, senior manager for biblical integration for BJU Press; and Sammy Tippit of Sammy Tippit Ministries.

Set for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at SES, 3000 Tilley Morris Road in Matthews, N.C., “U-Turn” registration is $39 for adults, which includes lunch; the student rate (with an ID shown at the door) is $21, and the group rate (with five or more individuals) is $25. Tickets at the door will be $45. To register online, click here, or for more details, click here.

Some of the comments from last year’s “U-Turn” event in Pennsylvania include “I never fully knew what my biblical role was as a pastor, until now!,”  “My life and ministry have been forever changed!” and “Now I get it with respect to my mission—I really get it!”

The American Pastors Network is the largest, national network of pastors who believe in the authority of Scripture, who boldly preach the whole counsel of God with a disciplined application of a biblical worldview to public policy, who are building a permanent infrastructure of biblically faithful pastors and lay leaders, and who are mobilizing congregations to participate in the political process on a non-partisan basis.

SES is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.

Land is featured in his nationally syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on almost 400 stations nationwide, including nearly 200 on the American Family Radio Network and 100 on the Bott Radio Network. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” is also podcast daily on the free SES mobile app and airs locally in the Charlotte, N.C., area every weekday. The “Bringing Every Thought Captive” television program, hosted by Land, airs on the NRB Network Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and midnight EST. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” also reaches nearly 2 million households in the Chicago area on the Total Living Network. For details about stations, times, downloads and more, click here.

Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology (Honors Program) degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and in 2015, he was named in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”

Southern Evangelical Seminary invites visitors to its web site to join the more than 20,000 people who have already downloaded the SES Apologetics App for Windows mobile devices and Android and Apple phones and tablets. Those with the app can get the very best news and information in Christian apologetics, including articles, audio, video, blogs and more from today’s most able defenders of the Christian faith—William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Dembski, Frank Turek, Hugh Ross, Gary Habermas and other well-known speakers, authors and teachers.

Southern Evangelical Seminary has been ranked as one of the top graduate programs for General Christian Apologetics by TheBestSchools.org’s “Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics.”

For more information on SES, visit its web site at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH. For more information about SES’ “Ethics in Emerging Technology” program, visit www.ethics.ses.edu.


For information on SES or to set up an interview, contact Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, ext. 102, or Beth Harrison, 610-584-1096, ext. 104, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com.

Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. The accredited Christian college and seminary offers a wide variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. Programs can be completed through residence in the Charlotte area or online. The award-winning education at SES is distinctively Christian and focused on evangelism and world-engaging defense of the Christian faith—Christian Apologetics.

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