Liberty University has announced the recent hire of David Nasser to the position of Senior Vice President for Spiritual Development.
“We are excited to welcome one of the nation’s foremost Christian leaders to Liberty University,” President Jerry Falwell said. “David is a gifted speaker with a passion for students. He is an equally gifted visionary and pastor, essential qualities for leading our spiritual programs.”
Nasser is the founder of D. Nasser Outreach and Christ City Church near Birmingham, Ala., where he most recently served as lead pastor. He has written four books and speaks to more than 500,000 people each year at various events across the country. He will use that experience in leading Liberty’s spiritual programs, including Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of young people, and the university’s Center for Global Engagement. He will oversee a team that advances Liberty’s mission by strengthening the theological foundation of the student body and its leaders through gatherings such as Convocation and Campus Church. He will steer the discipleship process of seeing students come to Christ and grow in their faith and will mobilize students and faculty to reach the world for Christ through the global studies degree program, humanitarian efforts, church planting, and cohesive ministry partnerships.
“I am humbled and honored to join what I believe to be an incredible force for the kingdom of God — Liberty University,” Nasser said. “There is tremendous momentum here right now at Liberty, with what God is doing. I’m just going to be one more spoke on the wheel, and I’m excited about rolling up my sleeves and serving.”
Nasser said he is excited to join a team of people who share his mission.
“My role is really going to be about helping the spiritual formation of our students. I’m thinking 20 years ahead, that these men and women will be great fathers and mothers, amazing husbands and wives, be devoted to their local church, be great community group leaders and volunteers. I also think Liberty is poised to raise up the next generation of leaders, so I want them to be future Supreme Court justices, missionaries, lawyers, doctors, who are going to reach the world for Christ. I want to have a voice into that conversation, speak into their lives, and help shape students to get to bigger places. I really love the vision for this school, of just raising Champions for Christ. I feel like I could be a cup of gasoline on that fire — and it’s already a pretty big fire.”
Nasser was born in Iran but left the country with his family at age 9 during the Iranian Revolution. After almost a year in exile, his family moved to America. At age 18, he rejected his Muslim heritage and became a Christian. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children.
Nasser’s responsibilities will include those formerly held by Liberty’s campus pastor and senior vice president for communications Johnnie Moore. After a dozen years at Liberty, Moore recently became chief of staff to award-winning film and television producer Mark Burnett, but will remain a consultant to the university through the transition.
Moore said of Nasser, "I have known David for a decade. I can’t imagine someone better fit to tend to the spiritual development of the Liberty community. I don’t know a better speaker or a better man. I am so thrilled that David is joining the Liberty family."