GTF Announces Leadership Transition

by Graduate Theological Foundation • January 13, 2020

As we enter the new decade of the 2020’s, GTF is preparing for a new era of leadership. Our current President, Dr. Kendra Clayton, has announced to the Board of Directors her intention to retire from the Presidency to return to teaching in August of this year. Other members of the GTF staff in South Bend Indiana will also retire at that time, as the administrative offices of GTF complete their move to Oklahoma City.

At the December 2019 meeting of the Board of Directors, Dr. Paul Kirbas was appointed as President-Elect, and will take office on August 1, 2020. Dr Clayton will remain active with GTF by serving as a board member of a new Board of Directors that will begin service in August.

These steps represent the final stages of a transition period that has been in place since the summer of 2018. With a two-year transition period in place, the Graduate Theological Foundation has been in a strong and growing position. At our Homecoming Graduation June 4 and 5 of this year, we will celebrate the leadership of Dr. Kendra Clayton, Dr. John Morgan, and other members of the South Bend GTF team. As we honor their legacies, we will also embrace the future as GTF moves forward in its new era of life and service.




Dr. Paul Kirbas has been a part of the GTF family since the year 2002, when he began his PhD studies with the Foundation. Upon earning his PhD in Theological Studies in the year 2007, Dr. Kirbas was named the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology and Culture at the Foundation. He chaired the Chicago Defenses, taught E-Tutorials and Residential courses, and is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board. Dr. Kirbas has taught in the theology and philosophy departments of Wheaton College and North Central College, both in the Chicago area. Dr. Kirbas is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church USA, and received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the founder of The Kirbas Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes the intersection of religion and science to address issues of environmentalism and animal ethics. His publications include Navigating Through a Stipulated Freedom (Cloverdale Books, 2007), This Sacred Earth (Wyndham Hall Press, 2011), and Sacred Place, Sacred Role (a six-session curriculum that includes workbooks and videos). Dr. Kirbas was the creator and host of the TV program The Exchange, Where Faith and Science Meet, which was nationally broadcast throughout the United States. All of these resources are available at

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