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 Christians and local churches to address ethical issues facing society and the church. In his role, he researches, speaks, and writes about Christian ethics, public policy, and the church’s social witness.
His writing and commentary have appeared in such outlets as National Review, Public Discourse, First Things, The Gospel Coalition, and elsewhere. He serves as the Director of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and also as a 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. He is the co-author of Marriage Is: How Marriage Transforms Society and Cultivates Human Flourishing. He is the editor alongside Russell Moore of the Gospel for Life series. He is the co-author alongside Russell Moore and Phillip Bethancourt of the First Freedom Religious Liberty small group curriculum published through LifeWay. His most recent book is God and the Transgender Debate: What the Bible Actually Say About Gender Identity?, which published in August 2017 and won The Gospel Coalition’s 2017 Public Theology book award. He serves on the religious leaders advisory council of the Better Angels Project that works to decrease political polarization in the United States. He also hosts Countermoves, a monthly podcast on ideas shaping church and culture. He was one of the principle conveners of the Nashville Statement, a confession of evangelical convictions on gender and sexuality.
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, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Christian ethics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His dissertation was supervised by Russell Moore and focused on religious liberty in evangelical social ethics. Andrew has academic interests in Christian sexual ethics, human dignity, family stability, gender, anthropology, natural law, public theology, and church-state studies. He resides in Franklin, TN with his wife and three daughters. He’s an avid distance runner and enjoys music, movies, and reading in his free time. You can connect with him on Twitter: @andrewtwalk.
Andrew speaks frequently all over the country on a range of topics related to Christianity and culture. If you’re interested in having Andrew speak at an event, please see his speaking page.
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