L. Gregory Jones

Senior strategist and theology professor, Duke Divinity School


L. Gregory Jones is dedicated to cultivating strategic and visionary leadership in partnership with individuals and institutions. His focus on leadership builds on his scholarly work in forgiveness and reconciliation as well as his years in leading Christian institutions. Jones is senior strategist for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity and a professor of theology in the Divinity School of Duke University. He has served as Duke’s chief international strategist to advance and coordinate the university’s global engagement. Between 1997 and June 2010, Jones served as the 11th dean of Duke Divinity School. Known for his entrepreneurial leadership and fund-raising ability, Jones’ deanship was marked by significant growth in the Divinity School. More than $102 million was raised under Jones’s leadership in The Campaign for Duke (1998-2003). Major new initiatives during his tenure included Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, the Center for Reconciliation, the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, the Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation, the Clergy Health Initiative, the Reynolds Program in Church Leadership, and international partnerships, especially with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and the United Methodist Church in Cote d’Ivoire. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including the co-authored Forgiving As We've Been Forgiven: Community Practices for Making Peace (with Celestin Musekura, in 2010), Resurrecting Excellence: Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry (with Kevin R. Armstrong, in 2006) and the widely acclaimed Embodying Forgiveness: A Theological Analysis (1995). Jones, an ordained United Methodist pastor, has published more than 100 articles in a variety of publications. He is an editor-at-large for Christian Century, and writes a regular column for Faith & Leadership, the online magazine published by Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. Jones is also widely sought after as a preacher and lecturer. Jones is married to the Rev. Susan Pendleton Jones, a United Methodist minister who serves as Associate Dean for United Methodist Initiatives and Ministerial Formation at Duke Divinity School. They are the parents of three children: Nathan, Ben and Sarah.

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