HOUSTON (SWBTS)—For one intensive week, students at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies grappled with social, moral, and ethical issues from a biblical perspective led by Southern Baptists’ preeminent ethicist and public policy specialist Richard Land.

Land, who is the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), was the visiting professor for a course titled “The Bible and Moral Issues” on the Houston campus May 15-19.

Land is a well-known television and radio commentator. He has been a spokesman for the SBC on every major television and cable network including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox. 

Last year, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee appointed Land to a third term on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

Land, who grew up in Houston and still has close relatives living there, expressed delight that Southwestern Seminary now provides God-called men and women with a fully-accredited, world-class theological education in his hometown.

“Up to now, the fourth largest city in the country did not have a significantly national SBC presence,” Land said, referring to the availability of theological education in Houston. “The glaring gap has been wonderfully filled by the Havard School.”

Southwestern Seminary offered extension classes in Houston since 1975, but students had to spend some time on the Fort Worth campus to complete their degrees. After Park Place Baptist Church deeded their facility to the seminary in 2002, seminary students have been able to complete their education entirely at the Houston campus.

Land considers it a privilege to teach at Southern Baptist schools across the country. He said the exposure to the wonderful men and women in the seminary classroom is an inspiring and encouraging experience. He was impressed by the quality of seminary students in his class in Houston.

“As long as God is calling such exceptional men and women into full-time service through our churches, the future of the convention and the country is great indeed,” Land said.

Land has degrees from Princeton and Oxford Universities, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to being a prominent commentator and spokesman, Land has experience as a pastor, magazine editor and radio host. He is the author of numerous articles and books, the latest of which is “Imagine! A God-Blessed America” published by Broadman & Holman last year.

“Land’s rich background is an excellent example of the outstanding quality Southwestern Seminary provides in its education and equipping of Christian leaders,” said J. Denny Autrey, dean of the Havard School in Houston.

For more information about Southwestern Seminary’s Havard School in Houston, call 713-634-0011, or log on to www.houston.swbts.edu.