Dr. Walter Strickland serves as Associate VP for Kingdom Diversity Initiatives & Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he leads the Kingdom Diversity Initiative.  In addition, he currently serves as the 1st Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Born in Chicago and raised in Southern California, Walter’s passion is to equip people to flourish in their context from a deep commitment to God’s design. Union University

Dr. Strickland’s research interests include contextual and systematic theology, African American religious history, multicultural studies, education theory, and theology of work.

Along with being a diversity consultant, frequent conference speaker, and itinerant preacher, Walter contributes to Canon & Culture as an associate Research Fellow of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), Gospel Project, and the Biblical Recorder (the North Carolina Baptist state newspaper). Walter’s work has also appeared in Christianity Today, Baptist Press, World Magazine.  To view books and Bible study curriculum that he has written and contributed to, find the “Books” menu on the home page.

Walter and his lovely wife Stephanie live in Wake Forest, NC and have a daughter named Hope who is waiting to meet them in glory, two daughters named Kendra and Kaiya, and a son Walter III.


  • Ph.D. University of Aberdeen
  • Th.M. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.Div. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B. A. Cedarville University

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  1. Damion Sneed

    Hey Walter (Dr. Strickland), this is Damion Sneed. You probably don’t remember me, but we were classmates years ago at Cedarville. I was an upper class man; but we were in a few classes together. (The only other African American in the class. Just wanted to say I am proud of you bro. I first heard about what you were doing when I picked up a copy of a Gospel Project workbook and saw your name as one of the contributors. I intended on using it for our Bible study at the church I was pastoring. I am back at Cedarville trying to finally get the Masters degree, and prayerfully I’ll graduate in May. I spoke with Dr. Anthony Moore today and we were talking about the great work you’re doing. I didn’t know you were on the campus back in October. Would’ve loved to talked with you. Keep up the good and godly work man. God bless you and the family.

    • walterstrickland

      Damon, it is really good to hear from you! I’m sorry I missed you when I came to Ohio in October. If I’m ever invited back, we’ll need to connect. Anyhow, it is good to hear that you are still serving the Lord and making an impact for the Kingdom. I hope the Gospel Project content was helpful, it is truly a labor of love. All the best to you in your studies, you are in good hands with Dr. Moore.

      Merry Christmas!

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