Moore tapped to lead Baptist’s policy office

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.
The commission 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.
Moore, 41, succeeds Richard Land, who announced his plans to retire last July following allegations of plagiarism and racial remarks regarding the Trayvon Martin case.
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 Convention’s first African-American president.