LTS Alumnus joins Seminary’s Lilly-Funded Financial Impact Project

Bentley Lexington, Ky., Jan. 22, 2014 – The Rev. Kris Bentley joins Lexington Theological Seminary this week as project director for LTS’ part in the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers.

The Lilly Endowment awarded LTS $250,000 as part of an initiative to encourage theological schools to examine and strengthen their financial and educational practices to improve the economic well-being of future pastors. Personal financial pressures are severely limiting the ability of seminary graduates to accept calls to Christian ministry and undermining the effectiveness of too many pastoral leaders.

Bentley has an undergraduate degree from UK with a major in English (1979),  Master of Science Degree in Education from IU-Bloomington (1981) and a Master of Divinity from LTS (1996).  She has held administrative positions in higher education at Midway College and the University of Kentucky and currently also serves as the pastor of Newtown Christian Church, near Georgetown, Kentucky.

“LTS is fortunate to have the Rev. Bentley leading this project.  Her wisdom and the insights gained from her work in higher education and the local church make her the ideal person to give leadership to this important work,” said LTS President Charisse L. Gillett.

LTS will use its funding to address financial literacy of ministry students, improve institutional practices, and to fuel research on bi-vocational ministers.

For the purposes of this grant, LTS will partner with the Council of the Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Phillips Theological Seminary and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky.


Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit