Canon & Culture is a project of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Our desire is for the ERLC to be a leading source in educating and cultivating the evangelical mind on the great public issues of our day. Like the title of our project suggests, all of culture and the public square is to be measured and judged according to a “canon”—a rule, a standard, or a precept, which for Christians is Christ and His Kingdom.

Canon & Culture’s purpose is to help build and strengthen the church’s social, ethical, and moral witness by providing thoughtful content from leading thinkers that inspires a rising generation of evangelicals to think Christianly about the public square and the common good.

Canon & Culture will serve as an online forum for Christian thinking on a wide range of issues—whether art, vocation, politics, education, philosophy, ethics, technology, culture, and the common good.

Russell D. Moore, Editor-in-Chief

russ-circleRussell Moore is President of the ERLC. In this role, he leads the organization in all its efforts to connect the agenda of the kingdom of Christ to the cultures of local congregations for the sake of the mission of the gospel in the world. He holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where prior to this role, he served as Senior Vice President for Academic Administration and Dean of the School of Theology. Before entering ministry, Dr. Moore was an aide to U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five boys.

Phillip Bethancourt, Executive Editor


phillip-circlePhillip Bethancourt is Executive Vice President of the ERLC. He leads the ERLC team to develop innovative strategies to equip churches to address the key moral and ethical issues of the day. Prior to this role, Phillip served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Assistant Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Seminary. He completed an M.Div. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Southern after attending Texas A&M University. Phillip and his wife, Cami, have been married since 2005, and have three boys.

Andrew T. Walker, Managing Editor


andrew-circleAndrew Walker is the managing editor of Canon and Culture, in addition to serving as the Director of Policy Studies for The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the denomination’s entity tasked with addressing moral, social, and ethical issues. In his role, he researches and writes about human dignity, family stability, religious liberty, and the moral principles that support civil society. He earned his Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Matthew Hawkins, Host/Producer


matt-circleMatthew Hawkins is host of the Canon & Culture Podcast, often alongside Andrew Walker or Dan Darling. While not podcasting, Matt serves as Coalitions Director, working with other groups in Washington, D.C., to achieve common objectives. He holds a BBA from Belmont University and an MA in Ethics and Public Affairs from George Mason University. Matt lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, D.C., where they are members of a church plant. He also serves on the board of a pregnancy resource ministry in northern Virginia.