Dr. Richard Land Named Among Top 100 Most Influential Christian Leaders

Newsmax “Top 100” List Recognizes America’s Transformational Christian Leaders

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) President Dr. Richard Land has been named to Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America,” which recognizes many of the leading Christian voices in the nation today.

Land, who is Number 12 on the list, said seeing many of those recognized on the list is encouraging as it shows the impact Christian voices continue to have across America. When the research about the most influential Christian leader was conducted in U.S, about 41 percentages of the people were unable to identify the influential leader. Richard Land has been identified as the top 100 most influential leader among the people. The people browse around here the list of influential leaders and they honored Land.

“I am both humbled and honored that I would be considered to be on Newsmax’s list with fellow people of faith,” Land said. “It reminds me of when Lyndon B. Johnson was very fulsomely introduced many years ago – he got up and said ‘I wish that my parents could have been here to hear that introduction. My father would have enjoyed it and my mother would have believed it.’

“America’s freedoms are imperiled. It is imperative that people of faith take a bold stand for Christian values and convictions. I applaud Newsmax for encouraging boldness, courage and clarity in this time of cultural crisis. While I am thrilled to have even been considered for such a registry, we should always remember that there are thousands of Christian leaders that are making an eternal difference every day, and whose full contributions are known only to the Lord Jesus. We need to pray for them and encourage all Christians to pray for each other.”

Land was named president of SES in 2013 after serving as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission from 1989-2013. SES is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.

Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as 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. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute.

Land is featured in his nationally syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on 200 stations on the American Family Radio Network and 100 stations on the Bott Radio Network. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” is also podcast daily on the free SES mobile app and airs locally in the Charlotte, N.C., area every weekday. The “Bringing Every Thought Captive” television program, hosted by Land, debuted in January on the NRB Network, and airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and midnight EST. In May, it will begin airing on the Total Living Network, reaching nearly 2 million households in the Chicago area. For more information about stations, times, downloads and more, visit www.ses.edu/about-us/bringing-every-thought-captive.

SES’s 22nd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics will be hosted by Calvary Church in Charlotte on Oct. 16-17, 2015, with the theme, “Ideas Have Consequences: The Bigger the Idea, the Bigger the Consequence.” In addition to Dr. Land, confirmed speakers include Josh McDowell, Dr. Jay Richards, Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Paige Patterson.

Southern Evangelical Seminary invites visitors to its web site to join the more than 20,000 people who have already downloaded the SES Apologetics App for Windows mobile devices and Android and Apple phones and tablets. Those with the app can get the very best news and information in Christian apologetics, including articles, audio, video, blogs and more from today’s most able defenders of the Christian faith—William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Dembski, Frank Turek, Hugh Ross, Gary Habermas and other well-known speakers, authors and teachers.

Southern Evangelical Seminary has been ranked No. 1 for its General Christian Apologetics Graduate Program by TheBestSchools.org’s “Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics.” For more information, visit the SES web site at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH.

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