Andrew T. Walker

Franklin, TN

Andrew T. Walker serves as the Director of Policy Studies for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Prior to that, he served as a policy analyst with The Heritage Foundation's DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society.

In his role with the ERLC, he examines contemporary public policy isses and their ethical consequences, how moral principles support civil society, and investigates the role that religion plays in American political culture. He has particular expertise in the defense of marriage, religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and christian political thought.

Before joining Heritage, Walker was a policy analyst and lobbyist with the Family Foundation, a public policy organization in Kentucky. He worked on issues related to education policy, opposition to casino gambling, and the defense of marriage, life and religious liberty.

Walker has been published in outlets such as The Louisville Courier-Journal, PolicyMic, National Review Online, The Christian Post, The City, The Weekly Standard, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and -- as a freelance reporter -- by the Institute on Religion and Democracy and Baptist Press. His broadcast experience includes appearances on Louisville’s Fox and NBC affiliates. In 2013, The New York Times profiled Walker as one of the “undaunted” young conservatives working on the defense of marriage. Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine also profiled Walker and his Heritage colleague Ryan Anderson as representing a new generation of pro-marriage Christian activist-scholars.

A native of Jacksonville, Ill., Walker graduated summa cum laude from Southwest Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in religion. He received the highest departmental honors as a theology student. In 2010, he earned a master of divinity degree in theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is pursuing a master of theology degree in ethics there, focusing his studies on political ethics and church-state relations.

An avid runner and St. Louis Cardinals fan, Walker currently resides in Franklin, TN with his wife and daughter. They are members of Redemption City Church.