BIO – DR. RICHARD LAND

Vice Chairman of the Board

Dr. Richard Land is President of Southern Evangelical Seminary. In addition to his presidency, Dr. Land also serves as Professor of Theology and Ethics. Since 2011 Dr. Land has also served as Executive Editor of the Christian Post.

In 2015 NewsMax magazine named Dr. Land one of the “Top 100 (11th) Christian Leaders in America.”

Dr. Land graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University and with the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England. He also received a Master of Theology (Honors Program) degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he served as student body president and received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the outstanding graduating student.

Prior to becoming President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, Dr. Land served for 25 years (1988-2013) as the 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 and their faith.

In February 2005, Land was featured in Time Magazine as one of "The Twenty-five Most Influential Evangelicals in America.”

Dr. Land served as The Criswell College's Vice-President for Academic Affairs from 1980 to 1988 where he had taught as Professor of Theology and Church History at that institution since 1975.

From 1998 to 2013 he co-hosted a 30-minute nationally syndicated weekday radio talk show, For Faith & Family, heard on over 250 stations across the US and worldwide on the web.  Currently he hosts a daily two-minute radio commentary on faith issues and how they relate to current issues, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” heard on over 400 stations nationwide. Dr. Land and leading Christian apologists discuss significant social, religious, and political topics on SES’s “Bring Every Thought Captive” TV program, which airs 8 p.m./ET on the NRB Network.

Dr. Land is a native Houstonian and a sixth-generation Texan. His record as a pro-family advocate is capped by his proudest accomplishment—his over 45-year marriage to his wife Dr. Rebekah Land (a psychotherapist in private practice) and his personal investment with her in the lives of their three adult children, Jennifer, Richard Jr., and Rachel and their respective spouses and three grandsons.