Retired U.S. Navy Chief of Chaplains to Present Lecture

February 27, 2020

Margaret Grun KibbenRear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben, retired chief of chaplains of the U.S. Navy, will present a dean’s lecture on Wednesday, March 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Room 252 of Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins Building. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. A complimentary boxed lunch will be provided for all who register by March 17 at 5:00 p.m.

A description of Kibben’s lecture is below.

 “Leaders Lead: The ABCs (and DEF and Gs)”

Leader development is nothing new. From the days of Moses, the leadership characteristics expected of those who take on the mantle of authority have been well-illustrated throughout scripture. As leaders in our faith communities, we own not only the rich tradition laid out before us, but the responsibility to carry it on, to exercise the same faith, and to demonstrate the depth of devotion our forebears displayed in the face of changes and challenges. Bottom line: Leaders lead, confident in the divine and timeless wisdom by which they have been ordained and with which they have been equipped.

Kibben served as the 26th chief of chaplains of the Navy from August 2014 through July 2018, the first woman ever to hold the post. She received master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. She entered active duty in the Navy in 1986, and has served with both the Marines and the Navy, including deployments to Turkey, Norway, and Afghanistan. She was the first female chaplain at the U.S. Naval Academy, and served as the 18th chaplain of the U.S. Marine Corps and deputy chief of chaplains from 2010 to 2014. Kibben has been awarded the Legion of Merit with one gold star, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars.

Candler School of Theology is located on the campus of Emory University, at 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.