Company: Southern Evangelical Seminary
Location: Matthews, North Carolina, United States
Richard Dale Land, PhD, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in religion.
A renowned religious leader, Dr. Land has devoted his life to his faith for nearly 50 years, serving various religious institutions as pastor and president. The president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary since 2013, he has also served as a member of the Evangelical Faith Advisory Board for President Donald Trump since 2016. In addition, he has served as a professor of theology and ethics at Southern Evangelical Seminary, professor of theology and church history at Criswell College, and pastor of S. Oxford Baptist Church in England and Vieux Carre Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA, since the 1970s.
Alongside his professional endeavors, Dr. Land was a former appointed member and vice chair for the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom from 2001 to 2012, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs in Washington, DC, from 1987 to 1991. Furthermore, he has participated in civic engagements, including as an affiliate of the President’s Campaign for a Drug-Free Society in Washington, DC, since 1991, a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Welfare Reform in Austin, TX, in 1988, and a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
To prepare for his career, Dr. Land first obtained a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1969. He followed this accomplishment by being ordained as a minister by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1969. He subsequently earned a Master of Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1972, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in England in 1980. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Criswell College in 2009.
A respected voice in the religious community, Dr. Land is affiliated with the Christian Ethics Committee, serving as vice chair from 1995 to 2004, on the general board of Baptist World Alliance in 1993, and on the Special Committee on Racism of Baptist World Alliance in 1992. In addition, he has participated as a commentator for “Bringing Every Thought Captive” since 2014, as an executive editor for “Christian Post” since 2011, and a co-host of “For Faith & Family” from 1998 to 2013. He has further authored numerous publications in relation to his realms of interest, including “The Divided States of America? What Liberals and Conservatives Get Wrong about Faith and Politics” in 2007 and 2011, “Imagine! A God-Blessed America” in 2005, and “Real Homeland Security” in 2004.
Among his achievements, one of his most notable has been the establishment of the Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement for the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, which aims to open doors for the study and research of ethics, public policy, and other cultural and philosophical issues. He has also been awarded with several accolades throughout his career, including being named Top 100 Christian Leaders in America by Newsmax Media, Inc., in 2015; 25 Most Influential Republications by Newsmax Media, Inc., in 2008; 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America by Time, Inc., in 2005; 10 Top Church-State Experts by the National Journal in 2004; and Outstanding Alumnus by the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1007.
Married to Rebekah Ruth Van Hooser since 1971, Dr. Land is the proud father of three children and three grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, attending movies, attending sports events, and blending teas. He has been listed in several Who’s Who publications, including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Politics, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Religion, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World. Furthermore, he has been honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
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