Saint Paul Receives 2018 Leadership Transformation Grant

Saint Paul School of Theology has been awarded a 2018 Leadership Transformation Grant from the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) in Wichita, Kansas. The grant provides tuition coverage so that Saint Paul can send 20 people to KLC programs such as You Lead Now (2 ½ days in length) and Lead for Change (a two part, seven day program).

Saint Paul will send faculty and staff members to experience a KLC program as well as offer opportunities for pastors and congregation members to attend.

Dr. Jim Brandt who developed and submitted the grant proposal along with Saint Paul Alumna Melissa Pearce said, “I’m very pleased Saint Paul has received this grant and excited for the opportunity for folk to experience the KLC approach to leadership. The grant provides a great way for Saint Paul to partner with some pastors and congregations and support them in leadership development and in providing leadership for the church.”

Kansas Leadership Center offers experiential learning about leadership, grounded in the work of Ron Heifetz and Marty Linski of Harvard.  KLC’s programs help participants gain ability in diagnosing situations and acting with purpose to contribute to forward movement. Participants also have the opportunity to work with a coach and reflect on what they are learning.


Faculty Retirement Celebration

Join us on Wednesday, May 2nd, from 11:00 a.m.– noon to celebrate the service
of Dr. Mike Graves and Dr. Harold Washington.

The retirement celebration will include faculty remarks and an opportunity for the
community to express their appreciation for each of them.

Light refreshments will be served.

Student Center-Kansas Campus
Bishop Hayes Room/Angie Smith Chapel-Oklahoma Campus

Free event. Please RSVP to help with food count.


Dr. Mike Graves, William K. McElvaney Professor of Preaching and Worship, joined the Saint Paul faculty in 2007.   As preacher, teacher, scholar, and colleague, Dr. Graves has enriched Saint Paul and touched the lives of many during his years with us. On July 1, 2018, Dr. Graves will retire from Saint Paul. He will continue to serve on staff at Country Club Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

Dr. Harold Washington, Professor of Hebrew Bible, came to Saint Paul in 1988. For 30 years the Saint Paul community has benefited from his wisdom, knowledge, teaching, and service. On July 1, 2018, Dr. Washington will retire from his full-time appointment at Saint Paul.