Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, will preach in chapel Sept. 8. Land is visiting campus as a special guest at the seminary’s Baptist distinctives conference titled, “Free to Believe: A Discussion of Religious Liberty.”
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist recently appointed Land to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent and bipartisan federal agency. Frist's senatorial appointment marks the third term of service to the USCIRF for Land. President Bush selected Land for his two previous terms.
Land is a nationally recognized expert and commentator on religion and ethics in public affairs. In February 2005, Land was featured in Time magazine as one of “The Twenty-five Most Influential Evangelicals in America.”
More than 600 radio stations reaching more than 1.5 million listeners broadcast Land’s weekly radio program, For Faith and Family.
In his latest book, “Imagine! A God-Blessed America,” published by Broadman & Holman, Land envisions an America where more Christians are radical change agents who reflect Christ rather than culture, and where people are liberated from the cult of self and instead committed to the common good. Land last year authored “Real Homeland Security,” also published by Broadman & Holman.
Land is a frequent guest on broadcast and cable television news networks like Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC. He is a regular guest professor in summer sessions at Southwestern Seminary.
Land is a graduate of Princeton and Oxford Universities. He is married to Rebekah Land, a psychotherapist, and they have three children.