About the President

Rev. J. Brent Walker serves as Interim President of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, VA. Walker recently retired as Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, a position he held for 17 years.  

In Walker the Leland trustees found a Baptist leader who is known throughout the country because of his leadership relating to religious liberty and the separation of church and state.  A University of Florida graduate who also earned a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Walker has been a tireless advocate for religious freedom for all people. He shares that passion with the school’s namesake, John Leland, who fought for religious freedom in the nation’s early years. Before coming to the Baptist Joint Committee, Walker served as pastor of Richland Baptist Church in Falmouth, Kentucky. He is an ordained Baptist minister and active member at Columbia Baptist Church.

Walker is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and counts among his many honors an induction into the Baylor University Alumni Association Hall of Fame, the Virginia First Freedom Award, the Adrian Westney Religious Liberty Award from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Florida, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Leland in 2013.


Rev. J. Brent Walker
Interim President

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