Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land Announces Retirement

March 16, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Today, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, President Dr. Richard Land announced his retirement, effective July 1, 2021 – the eighth anniversary of his service as president of the seminary.

In a letter submitted to SES Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Phil Ginn, Dr. Land wrote, “As you know, in the ministry a call is a divine appointment for a season, or an interval, but it always has a beginning and an ending. . . . After eight years as SES’s President and Professor of Theology and Christian Ethics, God has made it clear to me that my call to SES is coming to an end.”

Dr. Land timed his announcement, in order to ensure the SES Board of Trustees would have time to plan an orderly transition to new leadership. “My decision to retire as SES’s president should in no way be interpreted as any diminution of my commitment to, and my belief in, SES’s vision for equipping generations of Christians to go forth and be used as God’s instrument to help lead America to experience the great spiritual awakening we must have to survive and flourish as a God-honoring nation. . . . I am indeed most grateful to the SES Board of Trustees. . . . Thank you for the opportunity to serve.”

Dr. Land explained, “In light of the very serious health crisis which confronted our family beginning last July (my son’s illness) the Lord has been convicting me that I need to give my wife and our son more of my time and assistance as a husband and a father in this next chapter of our lives.”  

Dr. Land added that he will be continuing his service as an Executive Editor and columnist for the Christian Post as well as continuing his syndicated two minutes radio commentary “Bringing Every Thought Captive.”

On behalf of the SES Board of Trustees, Chairman Dr. Ginn stated, “The SES Board is extremely grateful to Dr. Richard Land for his constant dedicated service to Southern Evangelical Seminary. We are indebted to him for his commitment and wish him well and Godspeed in his retirement. The Board and I will continue to keep Dr. Land, his son, and their entire family in prayers.”

The mission of SES is to train men and women, based on the inerrant and infallible written Word of God, for the evangelization of the world and defense of the historic Christian faith. For over 29 years, SES has provided an integrated approach to theology, philosophy, & apologetics.

For more information on SES, visit its website at or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (704) 847-5600.


To interview Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary, contact Hamilton Strategies,, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.