R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

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Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. serves as the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary--the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.

A leader among American evangelicals, Dr. Mohler was listed in a TIME magazine cover story as one of its "50 for the Future"--fifty persons under age 40 who are emerging national leaders in their fields. Christianity Today described Dr. Mohler as one of the 40 emerging evangelical leaders. Change, a national higher education magazine, named Dr. Mohler one of 40 "Young Leaders of the Academy," and Louisville-based Business First hailed him as one of 40 emerging leaders under the age of 40 in the city.

Dr. Mohler is a theologian and an ordained minister, having served as pastor and staff minister of several Southern Baptist churches. He came to the presidency of Southern Seminary from service as editor of The Christian Index, the oldest of the state papers serving the Southern Baptist Convention.

A native of Lakeland, Florida, Dr. Mohler was a Faculty Scholar at Florida Atlantic University before receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He holds a Master of Divinity degree and the Doctor of Philosophy (in systematic and historical theology) from Southern Seminary. He has pursued additional study at the St. Meinrad School of Theology and has done research at Oxford University (England).

Dr. Mohler's writings have been published throughout the United States and Europe. He has contributed chapters to several recent books including Here We Stand: A Call From Confessing Evangelicals and The Coming Evangelical Crisis. He served as General Editor of The Gods of the Age or the God of the Ages: Essays by Carl F. H. Henry and served from 1985 to 1993 as Associate Editor of Preaching, a journal for evangelical preachers. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. Forthcoming book projects include works on the future of evangelical theology and on the evangelical responses to the cultural crisis.

As a regular syndicated columnist for Religion News Service and correspondent for the evangelical newsweekly WORLD, Dr. Mohler's articles on theological, moral, and cultural issues have been published extensively. Widely sought as a columnist and commentator, Dr. Mohler has been quoted in the leading newspapers of the nation, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal/Constitution, The Dallas Morning News, and many others. He has also appeared on such national news programs as CNN's "Larry King Live," the "Today Show," "Dateline NBC" and Fox's "O'Reilly Factor," among others. Dr. Mohler also provides commentary for the Salem Radio Network, the largest Christian radio network in the United States. Called "an articulate voice for conservative Christianity at large" by The Chicago Tribune, Dr. Mohler's mission is to address contemporary theological and cultural issues from a consistent and explicit Christian worldview.

A leader within the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. Mohler has served in several offices including a term as Chairman of the SBC Committee on Resolutions which is responsible for the denomination's official statements on moral and doctrinal issues. He also served on the seven-person Program and Structure Study Committee which recommended the 1995 restructuring of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. In 2000, Dr. Mohler served on a blue-ribbon panel which made recommendations to the Southern Baptist Convention for revisions to the Baptist Faith and Message, the statement of faith most widely held among Southern Baptists.

He has presented lectures or addresses at institutions including Wheaton College, Samford University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, the University of Richmond, Mercer University, Cedarville College, Beeson Divinity School, Reformed Theological Seminary, Geneva College, Covenant Theological Seminary, The Cumberland School of Law, The Regent University School of Law, and the historic Chautauqua Institution, among many others.

In addition to his presidential duties at Southern Baptists' flagship seminary, Dr. Mohler is Professor of Christian Theology and also serves as host of "The Bible and Life," a weekly television program which reaches over thirty million homes throughout the FamilyNet television system.

He is listed in Who's Who in America and other biographical reference works and serves on the boards of several organizations including the Kentuckiana Metroversity and the Theological Education Association of Mid-America. He serves on the Board of Reference serving The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

He is married to the former Mary Ann Kahler. They have two children: Katie and Christopher.