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Russell Moore Named Editor in Chief for Christianity Today

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On Thursday (August 4), Christianity Today president and CEO Timothy Dalrymple announced via news release that CT has selected public theologian Russell Moore as their next editor in chief. 

Moore joined Christianity Today in May 2021, coming on as the director of the newly formed Public Theology Project. As CT’s new editor in chief, Moore will continue to lead the Project. 

“That Moore is a person in possession of extraordinary talents is incontestable,” Dalrymple said. “But talent alone is not the reason for our excitement. Moore has demonstrated, time and again, the courage to express his convictions and the integrity to live by them. Sometimes this has meant contending for essential biblical and theological truths in the public square. Sometimes it has meant declaring truths to the church that challenge and convict us.”

Alongside the announcement of Moore’s new position, CT also announced that they would be bringing on Joy Allmond, current executive communications manager at Lifeway, to serve as CT’s editorial chief of staff.

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“One of the primary charges for Moore will be to continue advancing the Public Theology Project,” Dalrymple said. “Allmond will work alongside him to see that project flourish.”

Prior to coming to CT, Moore served as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), a position he held from 2013 to 2021. 

Moore also previously served on the faculty of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), as executive director of the seminary’s Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement, and later as the SBTS’s Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration.

A lifelong Southern Baptist, Moore’s high profile departure from the denomination in 2021, along with this role at the ERLC, came amid conflict surrounding whether the SBC’s Executive Committee had mishandled allegations of sexual abuse and Moore’s push for action. 

Some within the denomination had sharply criticized Moore, feeling that his focus on sexual abuse, along with his public criticism of former president Donald Trump, constituted a significant distraction to the SBC’s mission. Nevertheless, others have lauded Moore for his role in a chain of events that have led to the adoption of reforms for sexual abuse prevention and response in the denomination. 

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Following CT’s announcement, a number of church leaders took to social media to congratulate Moore on his new role.