Meet the President

Meet the President

Ken Bruce Kemper graduated from Grace Bible College (now Grace Christian University) in 1985 and has served in vocational Christian Ministry his whole life. Ken has a Masters of Divinity from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Capital Seminary and Graduate School.

President Ken & Kathy Kemper in Baker Chapel at Grace Christian University

Ken B. Kemper, Ph.D., is the fifth president of Grace Christian University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He began his term in 2003 after taking over for his father, Bruce Kemper. 

Dr. Kemper has a passion for courageously serving the Lord and has been given many great opportunities worldwide to be “in the trenches” in full-time ministry roles. He, his wife Kathy, and their three children served 16 years in Tanzania, East Africa. In Tanzania, they did evangelism and church planting as well as spiritual leadership development. 

Teaching by example and engaging in service learning that leads to transformation are important to Dr. Kemper’s philosophy of ministry and education. Over his career, he has led hundreds of evangelistic endeavors and trained evangelists to do personal and open-air mass evangelism. Dr. Kemper is a passionate communicator of God’s Word who addresses various audiences across the country and around the globe. He is a visionary leader who serves with others in the work of God for redemption, transformation, and glorification. 

Ken and Kathy’s greatest joys are their three adult children Kaleb (Amber), Zechariah (Erin), and Naomi (John), who all graduated from Grace and serve the Lord in vocational ministry in locations around the world.

  • Bachelor of Theology from Grace Bible College (now Grace Christian University)
  • Master of Divinity from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership from Capital Seminary and Graduate School
Educational Experience
  • Founded & Headed Tanzania Grace Bible Institute in Sumbawanga, Tanzania – 1992
  • Began and acted as Head Administrator of Grace College in Mbeya, Tanzania – 2000
  • President of GBC (now Grace Christian University) – 2003
  • Board of Association of Biblical Higher Education – 2014 Chairman – 2016
  • Served as an international mission team leader in Tanzania, East Africa, for over 16 years with Grace Ministries International
  • Served in local church ministries in outreach, small group leadership, preaching, teaching, and board consulting and coaching
  • Served on the local community development board in Wyoming, MI for mentoring youth and economic development
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