It is Russell Moore, the current Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Here is a taste of the press release:
Russell D. Moore has been elected as the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission by the entity’s board of trustees.
Moore will follow Richard Land as the eighth president of the ERLC, which is the Southern Baptist agency dedicated to addressing social and moral concerns and their implications on public policy issues. Moore will begin his new responsibilities June 1. At that time, Land will become the entity’s president emeritus, an honor bestowed on him by trustees in September. Land announced his impending retirement in July 2012.
Moore, a native of Biloxi, Miss., has served since 2004 as Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., where he is also Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics.
Moore is a widely recognized preacher, writer and commentator on matters related to faith, culture and politics. He is the author of books such as Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches and Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ.
“I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve Southern Baptists as ERLC president,” Moore said. “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.”
Moore’s appointment was endorsed by a host of conservative religious and political leaders, including Rick Warren, Bobby Jindal, Paige Patterson, Robert George, Joshua DuBois, Tony Perkins, Dennis Rainey, and Al Mohler.