The Land Center advisory board members serve in pastoral ministry, academia, public policy advocacy, missions, journalism, and other fields and lend their voices to the work of the center and help equip the next generation of Christians engage in the public square.
Nineteen thought leaders and cultural influencers were named to the inaugural advisory board in April 2022.
Dr. Richard Land serves as the Executive Editor of The Christian Post. Previously, he served as the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention prior to becoming the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in 2013. In 2007, The Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement was established by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where Dr. Land is a Visiting Professor. Dr. Richard Land is a well-respected commentator on issues related to religion, politics, history and culture, and has appeared in thousands of media interviews in most major media outlets over the course of his career.
Dr. Jack Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. He has previously served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention and as president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference. He has written multiple books, with his most recent being Reignite, released in 2021. Dr. Graham has a master of divinity degree with honors and a doctor of ministry degree in Church and Proclamation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Nathan Lorick currently serves as the Executive Director for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He has served the Southern Baptist Convention on the nominating committee as well as a trustee for the International Mission Board. He is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree. He also holds an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Louisiana Baptist University. He and his wife Jenna live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with their 4 children.
Jon Kelly serves as the Lead Pastor at Chicago West Bible Church in Chicago, IL. He also serves with Prison Fellowship in the role of Justice Advocacy and Church Mobilization where he helps to equip church with many of Prison Fellowship's resources to care for individuals and families impacted by crime and incarceration. In his 20’s, Jon served a 6-year prison sentence for his role in a shooting that left a young man dead. While in prison, John received a copy of the Bible, and gave his life to Christ in his prison cell. When Jon was released from prison, he served in youth ministry at his church in Philadelphia. Jon received a degree in Systematic Theology from Moody Bible Institute, and a Masters in Biblical Studies from Wheaton Grad School. Jon and his wife, Danielle, have two sons and live in Chicago.
Daryl Crouch pastored Southern Baptist churches for 28 years until 2021 when he became the founder and executive director of Everyone’s Wilson, a coalition of churches working together for community transformation. He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDivBL, 1996) and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (DMin., 2001). He is married to his high school sweetheart, Deborah. They have four children and live in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
Dr. Matt Carter was called as the Lead Pastor of Sagemont Church, Houston, Texas, May 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic. He is the founding pastor of The Austin Stone Church, that grew from a core team of 15 to a weekly attendance of 8,000 over six campuses. During his tenure at The Stone, they sent over 300 full-time missionaries to unreached people groups around the world. Matt has co-authored multiple books including a historical fiction, Steal Away Home which tells the real-life story of Charles Spurgeon's unlikely friendship with former slave-turned-missionary, Thomas Johnson. Matt holds an MDiv from Southwestern Seminary and a Doctorate in Expositional Preaching from Southeastern Seminary. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for over 20 years, and they have three children.
Shannon O. Royce is the President of Christian Employers Alliance. Her professional background includes government and private sector experience, and her personal faith in Christ compels her to honor God as she serves the Christian business community. Shannon sees her leadership role as one of service and stewardship, carrying out the vision and mission of the Christian Employers Alliance as she serves the Body of Christ. She received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University School of Law and is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia (Associate).
David Whitlock is the former president of Oklahoma Baptist University. Active in a variety of professional organizations, Whitlock has served as a consultant-evaluator with the Higher Learning Commission since 2006. He has completed four academic institution evaluation visits, including a site visit to a Chinese institution. He also is an evaluator and mentor with the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, working with institutions standing for accreditation by the ACBSP. While at Southeastern, he directed the university's Small Business Institute from 1990-97, working with small business development in the Durant area. Whitlock serves on the boards of trustees for First United Bank, and Integris Baptist Medical Center. He also serves on the board of the Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities, International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, and Consortium for Global Education. He is a member of the Shawnee Rotary Club and serves as Chair-elect of the Executive Committee of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce.