Kenneth J. McFayden

Academic Dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, and Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development

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Location: Richmond

Department: Practical Theology


The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Th.M. Ph.D.

Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, D.Min.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.A.

Dr. Ken McFayden, Ph.D. serves as Academic Dean of the Richmond Campus and Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development.  He teaches courses in the areas of congregational leadership and administration.  In addition, he has provided leadership for international travel seminars to Brazil, Ghana, Korea and China. 

In addition to his teaching and administrative roles, he has served as keynote speaker on the topic of leadership and change in a variety of settings.  He has conducted numerous workshops and consultations for clergy and lay professionals in the theory and practice of leadership, and in team development, strategic planning, and conflict management.

Prior to joining the seminary faculty in March of 2000, he served as Executive Director of North Central Career Development Center in New Brighton, MN from 1994-2000.  Previously, he served as a hospital chaplain in Louisville, KY from 1991-1994, and as an associate pastor in Alliance, OH from 1986-1990.  He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Books, Publications & Workshops

For a full list of Dr. McFayden’s publications, use the link below to his current CV.


Strategic Leadership for a Change:  Facing Our Losses, Finding Our Future. Herndon, VA:  The Alban Institute, 2009.

Chapter, “Education or Calling:  What Makes a Commissioned Lay Pastor a Pastor?” In  Multiple Paths to Ministry:  New Models for Theological Education, Lance R. Barker and B. Edmon Martin, eds.  Cleveland, OH:  Pilgrim Press, 2004.


“Stewardship of One’s Self as Stewardship of One’s Vocation,” NACBA Ledger,  Vol. 30, No. 4, Winter 2011, 6-7, 9-10, 36-39.

“Developing the Capacity to Attach Anew,” Congregations, Vol. 37, No. 3, Summer 2010, 20-21.

“The Art of Harmonizing a Staff:  Moving from Notes of Dissonance to Notes of Consonance,” NACBA Ledger, Vol. 28, No. 4, Winter 2009, 6-13.

“Threats to the Formation of Pastoral Leaders in Theological Education:  Insights from the Tavistock Model of Group Relations,” Journal of Religious Leadership, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 2008, 1-34.

“The Teaching of Leadership at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Virginia,” Journal of Religious Leadership, Vol. 4, No. 1 & No. 2, Spring 2005 & Fall 2005, 93-107.

Faculty Speaking Engagements and Events

Seminar Leader, "Finding a Way Forward, Personally and Congregationally"

October 26 - 29, 2015, Leadership Institute Continuing Education Event
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA
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Keynote Speaker, "Leading Faithfully Amid Congregational and Cultural Changes"

Presbytery of South Alabama, Church Officer and Leadership Training Event
Springhill Presbyterian Church, Mobile, AL
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Workshops Leader, #1 "Leading from the Past"; # 2 "Leading into the Future"

Presbytery of South Alabama, Church Officer and Leadership Training Event
Springhill Presbyterian Church, Mobile, AL

Workshop Leader "Do a New Thing with Your Leadership Gifts"

Association of Presbyterian Church Educators Annual Event
Chicago Marriott Downtown, Chicago, IL
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Workshop Leader, "Church Leadership and Administration"

Presbytery of West Virginia, Commissioned Ruling Elder Preparation Program
Presbytery of West Virginia, South Charleston, WV

Courses Taught

Courses taught recently: Asia Travel Seminar; The Landscape of Religious Leadership; Introduction to Church Business Administration; Reading Church and Cultural Contexts

Curriculum Vitae