Andrew T. Walker serves as the Director of Policy Studies for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the denomination’s entity tasked with equipping churches to address moral, social, and ethical issues. In his role, he researches, speaks, and writes about human dignity, family stability, religious liberty, public theology, the relationship between church and state, and the moral principles that support civil society. He also examines how ethics inform public policy decisions and investigates the role that religion plays in American political culture. He helps the ERLC in areas related to academic initiatives, content production, issue advocacy, moral analysis, church equipping, and policy communication.
Andrew is managing editor of Canon & Culture. His writing and commentary have appeared in such outlets as National Review, Public Discourse, The Daily Caller, First Things, The Federalist, The Gospel Coalition, TIME, The Resurgent, and elsewhere. He also serves as the Director of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and also as an Associate Research Fellow. Prior to working for the ERLC, Andrew served as a policy analyst with The Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society. He was featured by the New York Times as one of America’s “undaunted” young leaders in defense of marriage. His first book with co-author Eric Teetsel is titled Marriage Is: How Marriage Transforms Society and Cultivates Human Flourishing (Nashville: B&H) and was published in June 2015. He is the editor alongside Russell Moore of the Gospel for Life series (B&H 2016). His most recent book set to publish in August 2017 is God and the Transgender Debate: What the Bible Actually Say About Gender Identity?
He graduated summa cum laude with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Southwest Baptist University in 2008. He received his Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010 where he concentrated in culture and worldview studies. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Christian Ethics at Southern Seminary under the supervision of Dr. Russell Moore. Andrew has academic interests in marriage and sexual ethics, anthropology, natural law, and religious liberty. He is planning to focus his dissertation on contemporary evangelical socio-political issues related to religious liberty, church-state studies, and public theology. Married with two daughters, his interests include long-distance running, music, and movies. You can connect with him on twitter: @andrewtwalk.
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