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NRB Welcomes New President & CEO: Dr. Jerry A. Johnson

Dr. Jerry A. JohnsonThe NRB Board of Directors, by a unanimous vote, has elected Dr. Jerry A. Johnson to serve as the new President & CEO of the world’s pre-eminent association of Christian broadcasters and communicators.

In announcing the selection, NRB Board Chairman Rich Bott said, "We are excited about the future of NRB."

"With today's technologies, there are amazing opportunities to advance God's Word worldwide," he added. "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!"

Regarding his own selection and confirmation, Dr. Johnson 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," added Dr. Johnson. "Advancing biblical truth has been my passion as a pastor, theological educator, and Great Commission Christian. If Christians want to be heard by the current generation, they will have to communicate the Gospel in their ‘media language’ with excellence. Recent developments on the cultural and legal landscape require that we defend the biblical and constitutional principle of free speech with zeal. With God's help, I am ready to give myself to this task. I am thankful for Dr. Frank Wright's faithful service as my predecessor and plan to build on the foundation of his leadership."

Presently, Dr. Johnson serves as President of Criswell College in Dallas, TX. While at Criswell, Dr. Johnson oversaw the operation of one of the nation’s leading major market Christian radio stations, KCBI–FM in Dallas, which was recognized by NRB as Station of the Year in 2011. Prior to his current role, Dr. Johnson served in the senior administration and faculty at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

"Dr. Johnson brings a wealth of experience and a Kingdom commitment that will serve this great association well in the months and years ahead," commented outgoing President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright, who announced in March his intention to step down after leading NRB for the past 10 years.

Many other notable Christian leaders also hailed the selection of Dr. Johnson, who will officially assume the duties of NRB President & CEO on November 1, 2013.

"I am excited to hear that Dr. Jerry Johnson has been elected as President of the National Religious Broadcasters. I thank God for his dedicated leadership at Criswell College and in the Southern Baptist Convention, and I look forward to working with him and the NRB to advance biblical truth and defend religious liberty."

- Dr. Fred Luter, Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Convention

"At an age when many college kids were deciding whether to get up for 8:00 a.m. English Comp class, Jerry Johnson was organizing conservative Evangelicals all over the country. This leadership genius, evident at such a young age, keeps surging through the decades. 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. Russell D. Moore, President of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

"Jerry Johnson has proven himself to be a leader, a scholar, and a forward thinker - an unusual combination. He is uniquely suited to lead the NRB into the future. As members of the NRB, we at LifeWay could not be more excited."

- Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research

“Jerry Johnson is a leader of rare ability and I am absolutely confident that he will provide superb leadership for the National Religious Broadcasters. He represents a coming generation of leaders among American evangelicals. This makes a powerful statement about the future of the National Religious Broadcasters.

“The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is especially proud of Jerry Johnson as he assumes this new responsibility. We gladly claim him as a doctoral graduate and as a former dean of Boyce College.

“I congratulate both Jerry Johnson and the NRB on this historic day.”

- Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

More on Dr. Johnson:

Dr. Johnson graduated from Criswell College in 1986, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. In 1997, he received a Master of Arts in Historical and Theological Studies from Conservative Baptist Seminary in Denver, CO. And in 2003, he received his Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Johnson also studied at Oxford University in England and served as Director of the Oxford Distinguished Scholar’s Program.

Dr. Johnson is married to Rhonda and they have two children, Isaiah and Eva.

Published: October 3, 2013

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