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Minister , religious organization administrator

Richard Dale Land, minister, religious organization administrator. Ordained to ministry Southern Baptist Convention, 1969. Recipient Distinguished Alumnus award New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1997; named one of 10 Top Church-State Experts National Journal, 2004, 25 Most Influential Evangelicans in America TIME magazine, 2005, 25 Most Influential Republicans Newsmax Magazine, 2008.


Land, Richard Dale was born on November 6, 1946 in Houston, Texas, United States. Son of Leggette Sloan and Marilee (Welch) Land.


Bachelor magna cum laude, Princeton University, 1969. Master of Theology, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, University Oxford, England, 1980.


Pastor Vieux Carre Baptist Church, New Orleans, 1970—1972, S. Oxford Baptist Church, England, 1972-1975. Professor theology and church history Criswell College, Dallas, 1975-1976, academic dean, 1978—1980, vice president academic affairs, 1980-1988. President ethics and religious liberty commission Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, since 1988.

Member executive committee National Coalition Against Pornography, Cincinnati, since 1989. Board directors Baptist Joint Committee Public Affairs, Washington, 1987-1991. Host For Faith & Family, since 1998, daily radio commentary since 1999.

Host, call-in talk show Richard Land Live, since 2002. Appointed member United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, 2001-2004, since 2005, vice chairman, 2007-2008.


  • Ordained to ministry Southern Baptist Convention, 1969.


  • Other Work

    • Consultant editor Criswell Study Bible, 1979. Author: The Divided States of America?, 2007.


Member Governor's Task Force on Welfare Reform, Austin, Texas, 1988, President'sCampaign for a Drug-Free Society, Washington, since 1991. Board doctorandus National Law Center, Arlington, Virginia, since 1991. Member National Association Evangs.

(Wheaton, Illinois, board directors since 1991), Conference on Faith and History, Evangelical Theological Society, Southern Baptist History Society, Rotary.


Married Rebekah Ruth Van Hooser, May 29, 1971. Children: Jennifer, Richard Junior, Rachel.

Leggette Sloan Land

Marilee (Welch) Land

Rebekah Ruth Van Hooser

Jennifer Land

Richard Junior Land

Rachel Land