About the ERLC
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention. The ERLC is dedicated to engaging the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ and speaking to issues in the public square for the protection of religious liberty and human flourishing. Our vision can be summed up in three words: kingdom, culture and mission.
Since its inception, the ERLC has been defined around a holistic vision of the kingdom of God, leading the culture to change within the church itself and then as the church addresses the world.
The ERLC has offices in Washington, D.C. and Nashville, TN.
A search committee has been formed to identify the next President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
On behalf of the ERLC Executive Committee, Dr. David E. Prince, chairman of the ERLC Board of Trustees, named Todd Howard, pastor of Watson Chapel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Ark., as chairman of the presidential search committee.
The other trustees appointed to the committee include Lori Bova, founder of Veritas Classical Christian Academy and member of Taylor Memorial Baptist Church in Hobbs, N.M.; Traci Griggs, communications and public policy specialist, radio show host, and member of Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, N.C.; Christine Hoover, author and Bible teacher and member of Charlottesville Community Church in Charlottesville, Va.; Juan Sanchez, pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas; A. B. Vines, pastor of New Seasons Church in Spring Valley, Calif. Prince, who is pastor of Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., and an at-large trustee, serves as an ex-officio member.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)
Ministry Statement Approved (by the SBC) June 1997
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission exists to assist the churches by helping them understand the moral demands of the gospel, apply Christian principles to moral and social problems and questions of public policy, and to promote religious liberty in cooperation with the churches and other Southern Baptist entities.
1. Assist Churches in applying the moral and ethical teachings of the Bible to the Christian life.
Provide research, information resources, consultation, and counsel to denominational entities, churches and individuals with regard to the application of Christian principles in everyday living and the nation’s public life.
2. Assist churches through the communication and advocacy of moral and ethical concerns in the public arena.
Represent Southern Baptists in communicating the ethical positions of the Southern Baptist Convention to the public and to public officials.
3. Assist churches in their moral witness in local communities.
Provide information resources that inform and equip churches for active moral witness in their communities.
4. Assist churches and other Southern Baptist entities by promoting religious liberty.
Provide information and counsel to denominational entities, churches, and individuals regarding appropriate responses to religious liberty concerns; represent Southern Baptists in communicating the positions of the Southern Baptist Convention on religious liberty issues to the public and to public officials.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will work within the Southern Baptist Convention agency relationship guidelines approved by the Inter-Agency Council and the Executive Committee and printed in the Organization Manual of the Southern Baptist Convention.