Dr. Richard Land

​Dr. Richard D. Land Named President of Southern Evangelical Seminary

April 11, 2013

Former Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President to Lead Southern Evangelical Seminary into the Future as of July 1, 2013.

Key Facts:

Dr. Richard D. Land, former president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the current Executive Editor of The Christian Post, has been appointed President of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Land succeeds former interim president, Robert Westra, and will lead the Seminary as it expands its course offerings and delivery to allow access to SES classes for more students in more areas of the world. 

- In addition to managing the Seminary, Land will also teach classes regularly, beginning with the 2013 summer session.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – This week, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) appointed Dr. Richard Land as its new president. Since 1988, Land has served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. In making its selection, the SES Board of Trustees considered Land to be one of the leading Christian voices for cultural apologetics in America over the past quarter of a century.

“My goal is to join with the SES family to produce an ever-increasing number of graduates who will be used by God to win tremendous victories for Christ and His Kingdom,” said Land about his new position.

As a former Vice President of Academic Affairs, professor, academic dean, and author, Land understands the importance of education; particularly obtaining the knowledge that allows one to defend the Christian faith. That’s why he will not only be serving as president of SES, but will also be teaching there as well. 

With his new position, Land is following the footsteps of fellow apologist Dr. Norman Geisler, widely considered the godfather of classical apologetics in American Christianity and co-founder of SES, who served as president from 1999-2006.

According to Dr. Land, “I can think of no better place to be involved in teaching this generation and the next, than here at SES.”

Southern Evangelical Seminary provides a first-rate education through a combination of student tuition and the financial support from the body of Christ. To learn more about how to can help future pastors, missionaries, and scholars get the training they need, click here.

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To interview Dr. Richard D. Land, Southern Evangelical Seminary’s new President, contact Deborah Hamilton at DHamilton@HamiltonStrategies.com610-584-1096 (office), or 215-815-7716 (cell) or Karyn Price at KPrice@HamiltonStrategies.com, 610.584.1096.

About Dr. Richard Land

Land is an ordained Southern Baptist minister, and holds a Master in Theology and a Doctorate of Philosophy. He has served five terms with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Religion. For the last 25 years, Dr. Land served as president of The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention, focusing on social, moral and ethical concerns, particular those impacting American families and their faith.

About Southern Evangelical Seminary

Co-founded by former evangelist Ross Rhoads and apologist Dr. Norman Geisler in 1992, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) offers a unique program in evangelism and classic apologetics. Based in Charlotte, SES offers undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. studies to its students. In 2011, the seminary announced its new Institute of Scientific Apologetics.