Russell Moore, the dean of theology at the Southern Baptist Convention’s flagship seminary, has been named the next president of the denomination’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Moore, 41, succeeds Richard Land, who announced his plans to retire last July after a stormy few months when he was caught up in allegations of racism and plagiarism.
Moore has been outspoken on traditional conservative issues but has also been an advocate for adoption and one of several prominent denominational leaders who supported last year’s election of Fred Luter as the Southern Baptist Convention’s first African-American president.
The commission, with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C., serves as the Southern Baptists’ top public policy voice, and its president is often more visible than the men who serve two one-year terms as the denomination’s president.
“I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve Southern Baptists as ERLC president,” said Moore in a statement. “I pray for God’s grace to lead the ERLC to be a catalyst to connect the agenda of the kingdom of Christ to the cultures of local congregations for the sake of the mission of the gospel in the world.”