J. Brent Walker retired as the executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in December 2016. Both a member of the Supreme Court Bar and an ordained minister, he first joined the BJC staff in 1989 and became executive director in 1999. Published widely, Walker routinely speaks in churches, educational institutions and denominational gatherings and provides commentary on church-state issues in the national media.
Walker was a partner in the law firm of Carlton Fields in Tampa, Fla., until 1986 when he left to enter Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1989 and was named the most outstanding graduate. Walker pastored the Richland Baptist Church in Falmouth, Ky., while in seminary.
After teaching 10 years as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, Walker later served as an adjunct professor at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.
Walker earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Florida and holds a J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law. Walker received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in 2013.
His wife, Nancy, is pastor for congregational care at Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, Va. They have two children: Ryan is a singer/songwriter, and Layton is a teacher in Falls Church. Layton and her husband, Lucas, are the parents of Walker’s two grandchildren.
The BJC Board of Directors named Amanda Tyler to succeed Walker as the executive director of the organization, on the recommendation of the BJC Search and Succession Committee. She began her work in January 2017.Visit a special page dedicated to Walker’s career Click here for columns written by Brent Walker View Walker’s CV