J. Brent Walker

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J. Brent Walker is the Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and an ordained Baptist minister.

Walker holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, a law degree from the Stetson University College of Law, and undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Florida. Walker received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in 2013.[1] He was a Baptist minister in Falmouth, Kentucky, and taught law at Georgetown University Law Center. Since 2003, he has served as an adjunct professor at the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.


After earning his law degree, Walker eventually became a partner in the law firm of Carlton Fields in Tampa, Fla. Walker left the firm in 1986 to enter Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville where he earned a Master of Divinity degree and was named the most outstanding graduate. He pastored the Richland Baptist Church in Falmouth, Kentucky, before coming to the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC).

Walker first served the BJC as its associate general counsel from 1989-1993, and then as general counsel from 1993-1999. In 1999, he was named executive director of the organization, whose mission is "to defend and extend God-given religious liberty for all, furthering the Baptist heritage that champions the principle that religion must be freely exercised, neither advanced nor inhibited by government."[2]

Walker routinely speaks in churches and denominational gatherings. He has been published widely and routinely provides commentary on church-state issues in the national media. He has been quoted by numerous national publications and has appeared on CNN's Talk Back Live, NBC's "Today" show, MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," Fox Morning News, Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," and National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered."


  • What a Touchy Subject! Religious Liberty and Church-State Separation. Nurturing Faith, 2014.
  • Church-State Matters: Fighting for Religious Liberty in Our Nation's Capital. Mercer University Press, 2008.
  • James Dunn: Champion for Religious Liberty. Smyth & Helwys, 1999.


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