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Gerald Hamilton Kennedy, American bishop. Member executive company Community Chest, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1945-1948; member board of trustees Pacific School Religion, Southern California School Theology; Member California State Board Education.


Kennedy, Gerald Hamilton was born on August 30, 1907 in Benzonia, Michigan, United States. Son of Herbert Grant and Marian (Phelps) Kennedy.


Bachelor of Arts, College of Pacific, 1929, Doctor of Sacred Theology, 1952. A.M., Pacific School Religion, 1931, Bachelor of Divinity, 1932. Doctor of Divinity, 1952.

School of Theology and Ministry, Hartford Theological Seminary, 1933, Doctor of Philosophy., 1934. Doctor of Laws, College of Puget Sound, 1949. Doctor of Letters, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1950.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Beliot College, 1952. Doctor of Laws, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1952. Doctor of Divinity, Redlands U., 1954, Bucknell U., 1959.

Doctor of Humanities, Bradley U., 1956. Doctor of Humane Letters, California Western U., 1967.


Ordained ministry Methodist Church, 1932. Pastor First Congregational Church, Collinsville, Connecticut, 1932-1936, Calvary Methodist Church, San Jose, California, 1936-1940, First Methodist Church, Palo Alto, California, 1940-1942. Acting professor homiletics Pacific School Religion, 1938-1942.

Pastor St. Paul Methodist Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1942-1948. Bishop of Methodist Church, Portland area, 1948. Bishop Methodist Church, Los Angeles area, 1952.

Director Wesley Foundation, Stanford University, 1940-1942. Lecturer in religion Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1942. Radio preacher, KFAB and KFOR, Lincoln, Nebraska, Sundays, 1945-1948.

Book program, KEX, Portland, Oregon, Tuesday, 1949. Pilgrimage in World of Books, ABC, 1954. Earl lecturer Pacific School Religion, 1946.

Peyton lecturer Southern Methodist U., 1949. Slover lecturer Southwestern U., 1950. Quillian lecturer Emory University, 1951.

Mendenhall lecturer Depauw U., 1954. Beecher lecturer Yale, 1954. Ayer lecturer Colgate-Rochester, 1955.

Grey lecturer Duke, 1957. Auburn lecturer Union Theological Seminary, 1957. Willson lecturer Southwestern College, 1964.

Senior minister First Methodist Church, Pasadena, California, 1969-1973. Denman lecturer Perkins School Theology, Dallas. Voigt lecturer McKendree College, 1968.


  • Other Work

    • Author: His Word Through Preaching, 1947. Have This Mind, 1948. The Best of John Henry Jowett (edited), 1948.

      The Lion and the Lamb, 1950. With Singleness of Heart, 1951. Go Inquire of the Lord, 1952.

      A Reader’s Notebook, 1953. Who Speaks for God?, 1954. God’s Good News, 1955.

      The Christian and His America, 1956. The Methodist Way of Life, 1958. I Believe, 1958

    • Readers Notebook, 2, 1959.

      The Parables, 1960

    • While I’m On My Feet, 1963. For Preachers and Other Sinners, 1964. Fresh Every Morning, 1966.

      Seven Worlds of the Minister, 1968. For Laymen and Other Martyrs, 1969. My Third Reader’s Notebook, 1974.


Member executive company Community Chest, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1945-1948. Member board of trustees Pacific School Religion, Southern California School Theology. Member California State Board Education.

Clubs: University, Pasadena.


Married Mary Grace Leeper, June 2, 1928.

Herbert Grant Kennedy

Marian (Phelps) Kennedy

Mary Grace Leeper