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Kimberly Clayton Named Director of Contextual Education at Columbia Seminary


Decatur, GA—Kimberly Clayton has been named director of contextual learning at Columbia Theological Seminary. In this new position, she will oversee the supervised ministry program as well as Faith and the City. Lee Carroll, who has been director of supervised ministry, is retiring from the seminary at the end of May. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Clayton is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and received the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Columbia Seminary. She joined the seminary staff four years ago as director of Lifelong Learning events, coming from Asheville, NC, where she was pastor/head of staff for Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Previously she served as associate pastor of Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, and Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Hopewell, NJ. In service to the larger church, Clayton has taught in the Commissioned Lay Pastors training program and chaired the Personnel Committee for the Presbytery of Western North Carolina. She has also served on Columbia’s Board of Trustees and Alumni/ae Council, and on the Board of Church Relations for Warren Wilson College. A retreat speaker and leader and the featured preacher for numerous conferences and events, Clayton has edited and written several denominational publications including Members Together: A Guide for New Members; Peacemaking in Nehemiah; and Older Adult Ministry: A Guide for Sessions and Congregations. She has also been a contributor to the Journal for Preachers and to several volumes of Feasting on the Word. Announcing the appointment, Cam Murchison, dean of faculty and executive vice-president, says, “Kim Clayton is committed to the church and brings to this position broad pastoral experience and a passion for theological education. At Columbia we look forward to the leadership she will provide in ensuring that our students continue to have abundant opportunities to experience a variety of ministry contexts.” Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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