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What Denomination is Russell Moore?

Russell Moore is a prominent Christian theologian and ethicist. He was raised as a Baptist and was a Baptist since his salvation at 12 years old. Moore began preaching shortly thereafter and has pastored several churches in his years of ministry.

However, even though he attended Baptist churches most of his life, he more specifically describes himself as "more Calvinistic". He does not quite align with Reformed beliefs precisely either, as Moore rejects Paedobaptism. He therefore resides somewhere on the spectrum between Baptist and Reformed beliefs.

He is most well-known for serving as the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), the public policy arm of the SBC, from 2013 to 2021. He was praised for his work in healing racial division and focusing on Christian ethics disconnected from pre-existing political ideologies. However, he received significant backlash from Southern Baptist churches in 2015 and 2016 for his criticism of Donald Trump's dictatorial mannerisms and his bragging about sexually assaulting women and for his condemnation of Christians who hurt their testimonies and the name of Christ by backing a politician so opposed to God. At the threat of over 100 SBC churches withholding funding over his opposition to Trump, he apologized for his unnecessary harshness and the SBC leadership supported his continuing in the role. However, at the end of his term in 2021, he resigned from the role and then left the Southern Baptist Convention altogether. He took on a new role as editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, and he joined as a Minister in Residence at Immanuel Nashville, a non-denominational church. This change in association aside, Moore himself has not appeared to significantly change his theological beliefs. Like many non-denominational churches, Immanuel Nashville is quite similar to traditional Baptist beliefs, so it would probably be most accurate to still call Russell Moore either a Baptist or a Calvinist.