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Dr. Jerry A. Johnson Selected as New NRB President

The NRB Board of Directors this week unanimously elected Dr. Jerry A. Johnson as the association's new President & CEO. Dr. Johnson, who will officially assume his new station on November 1, was selected after being vetted by the Presidential Search Committee and the Executive Committee following a five-month search. NRB Board Chairman Rich Bott noted, "Dr. Jerry Johnson is extremely well-suited to lead NRB into the future. We have chosen an outstanding leader who is rooted in Scripture and motivated by the Great Commission, using the tools of today. NRB's best days are yet ahead in the service for the Kingdom!"

Dr. Johnson currently serves as President of Criswell College in Dallas, TX, where he oversaw the operation of KCBI–FM, NRB’s 2011 Station of the Year award winner. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Criswell College, a Master of Arts in Historical and Theological Studies from Conservative Baptist Seminary in Denver, and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Russell D. Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, commented, "My friend Jerry Johnson is one of the most respected leaders and institution-builders in American Christianity today. He's clear in conviction, and he inspires loyalty in all around him. In Jerry Johnson, the NRB has found a leader who can take the Old-Time Religion into a brave new world with integrity, vision, wisdom, and skill. What a brilliant choice. I can't wait to work together."

Dr. Johnson, reflecting on his selection by the NRB Board, said, "It is an honor to be elected as President & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters and it is a joy to sense God's calling to lead this association of Christian communicators. By experience and conviction, I am ready and willing to lead NRB to achieve our three-fold mission: advancing biblical truth, promoting media excellence, and defending free speech.…. I am thankful for Dr. Frank Wright's faithful service as my predecessor and plan to build on the foundation of his leadership." 

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: October 4, 2013

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