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Kilen Gray to serve full-time as Dean of Students

by Louisville Seminary | Dec 18, 2007
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has called Rev. Kilen Gray to serve as Dean of Students. Gray, an alum of the Seminary (MDiv ’02), has been serving part time as Interim Dean of Students since July 2007 and was among many applicants for the position.

“I am delighted that Kilen has accepted our call,” said Seminary Dean David Hester. “His passion for Louisville Seminary, combined with his pastoral experience will be a tremendous asset for his work with students and their families.”

Currently, Gray is the pastor of New Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Ky. During his 22-year tenure, the church has become recognized for its presence in the Shelbyville area through viable community ministries. He will continue in an interim status at Louisville Seminary in order to prepare for his full-time service, which will begin January 1, 2008.

“I want to express my thanks to the search committee and President Dean Thompson for their confidence placed in me and the privilege afforded me to serve this community,” stated Gray in an open message to students and employees.

“I am eager to continue serving you with all the gifts and skills God has given me. I look forward to the endless possibilities that we can realize as we work together as a team to develop some of the best Christian servants the world will know. There is no way I can succeed in fulfilling the expectations of this office without your continued prayer, feedback, comment, critique, observation, rebuke, reproof, correction, encouragement, and help. I am accountable to all of you for the work developed from this office, and I welcome your input as I work tirelessly to support our students and their families.”

As Dean of Students, Gray joins other student support service personnel and the faculty in the formation of students for ministry and the pastoral care of students and their families. He will also facilitate programs to enhance the spiritual growth of students and the practice of spiritual disciplines while supervising the administrative needs of the Student Services Office.

In addition to his Master of Divinity degree from LPTS in 2002, Gray attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is a graduate of Kentucky State University with the Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. He is certified as a domestic violence offender treatment provider, and serves as president of the Greater Shelby County Ministerial Alliance, an interdenominational fellowship of the African American ministers in that county.

Previously, Gray served as Human Resources and Community Coordinator for the Shelbyville County Public School district. In this capacity, he was responsible for all personnel functions for over 300 classified employees. Prior to this, he was a systems engineer of Humana, in its Contracts Administrations Department.

Gray is the co-founder and board president of GGT, Inc., the community development corporation of the New Mt. Zion Baptist Church. This organization seeks to reduce violence and provide support to families within communities with a high propensity for crime and violence. Gray also co-founded with his spouse the Creative Spirits Counseling Center, a state-licensed outpatient mental health facility in Shelbyville.

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