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ERLC announces luncheon with Mike Pence, names new senior fellow

Vice President Mike Pence to headline ERLC event at SBC Annual Meeting

NASHVILLE (BP) – The 48th U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will join Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president Brent Leatherwood for a conversation on serving in the public square during a luncheon at the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. The event is aimed at helping pastors partner with elected officials in engaging the public square.

“It is an honor to welcome Vice President Pence to our event at the SBC for a candid discussion about Christian service in the public square,” Leatherwood said in a statement.

“He is someone I personally admire because of his many faithful years of service and leadership to this country. My hope is that this conversation will bring encouragement and practical wisdom to attendees as they seek to engage the culture as ambassadors of Christ.”  

Pence served as vice president from 2017-2021, the 50th governor of Indiana from 2014-2017 and a member for the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001-2013.

The event will take place on Tuesday, June 11, at 11:30 am at the Indiana Ballroom inside the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Tickets are $20.

Learn more and register here.  

RaShan Frost named ERLC senior fellow focusing on human dignity

NASHVILLE (BP) – RaShan Frost will be a voice for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission in the area of human dignity. The ERLC announced Frost as a senior fellow March 27.

Frost is the lead pastor of The Bridge Church in Charleston, S.C.

“Dr. Frost is one of the finest examples of a scholar-practitioner in Southern Baptist life, and I am excited for him to join our research team as one of our senior fellows,” said ERLC President Brent Leatherwood. 

Frost holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University, where he played football. He also holds a master’s degree from Liberty University and a Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“The area of human dignity touches every aspect of our ethical lives,” Frost said in an ERLC release. “As Christians, we understand that it informs our view of human life, not as we determine, but as God has established in creation by making humanity in the imago Dei.”

Frost has conducted research in Christian ethics with an emphasis on social ethics and human dignity, political theology and the intersection of ethics, faith and public life, according to the release.

“I am excited about lending my expertise in the area of human dignity by serving as a senior fellow with the ERLC, because this work is an opportunity to present ways for Baptists to think through how human dignity, based on the imago Dei, informs our ethics, social issues, and views of our shared public life in a way that seeks the glory of God and the good of our neighbors,” he said.

Leatherwood said Frost brings not only expertise into the post, but “the wisdom needed to speak both uncompromised truth and grace as we seek to bring hope to the public square.”

He and his wife have two sons.

Frost joins Jason Thacker on the ERLC research team.

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