President Dean K. Thompson has announced the appointment of Rev. Kilen K. Gray as Interim Dean of Students of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Gray, an LPTS alum, will work 20 hours each week, beginning July 23, when incoming students begin to arrive for the fall semester.
Gray follows Rev. Donna Melloan, another LPTS alum, who served as Dean of Students during the past 15 years.
Melloan was called to the position after her graduation from LPTS in 1992. During her tenure, she counseled more than 1,100 students regarding their ministerial call process, while providing pastoral care to students, particularly those who endured personal tragedy during their time at LPTS. Creatively she sought to build a welcoming campus community through the annual student orientation process, the initiation of the “Kampus Kids” program, a spouses and partners group, and a spiritual development program. She received grant support for numerous projects aimed toward the well being of students, such as the annual Wellness Fair, which has provided for on-campus mammograms and other health screenings.
Gray will have primary responsibility for pastoral care to students and their families and serve part-time while a search for a full time person is initiated and completed.
"I am very pleased that Kilen Gray will be serving the Seminary community in this way. He is a fine pastor and a good listener and cares a great deal for our school, the education process that happens here, and the students and teachers and staff who participate in it. I am confident he will offer students and their families good pastoral care in this interim period. I am looking forward to working with him,” said Seminary Dean David C. Hester.
Gray is well known to the LPTS community. He has preached at chapel services and led discussions in the Transforming Seminary Education class for incoming students for the last two years, “which only touches on some ways he has continued to be an enthusiastic friend and supporter of the Seminary,” added Hester.
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. Since 1985, Kilen has served as pastor of New Mt. Zion Baptist Church in nearby Shelbyville, Ky. During his 22-year tenure the church has become recognized for its presence in the community through viable ministries such as its tutoring/mentoring, women, brotherhood, youth, and marriage preparation programs.
Previously, Gray served as Human Resources & Community Coordinator for the Shelby County Public School district, where he directed all personnel functions for over 300 classified school employees, all district-wide public relations functions, and served as the district’s affirmative action officer.
As an active Shelbyville citizen, Gray is co-founder of and program director for Creative Spirits Counseling Center, a state-licensed, outpatient mental health facility, in Shelbyville, and co-founder and board president of GGT, Inc., a community development corporation of his church that seeks to reduce violence and provide support to families within high crime and high violence communities. 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.