Past Presidents

Dr. Alva J. McClain
1937-1962

Dr. McClain founded Grace Theological Seminary in 1937. Read how McClain, a college drop-out, became Grace Theological Seminary’s first president, and although sick for most of his life, passionately proclaimed the Truth in and out of the classroom.

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Dr. Herman A. Hoyt
1962-1976

Grace College & Seminary thrived under Dr. Hoyt’s relentless spirit, enrollment exploded and multiple facilities were built. His leadership drove significant growth, but nothing matched his dedication to the Word of God.

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Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr.
1976-1986

Under the quiet leadership of Dr. Kent, Grace College & Seminary continued to grow, maintain sound financial footing and equip students to answer God’s calling, no matter the direction.

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Dr. John J. Davis
1986-1993

Dr. Davis’ leadership saw Grace College & Seminary through one of its toughest decades. Read how his commitment to Grace’s mission and his multiple giftings made him the right man for the job.

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Dr. Ronald E. Manahan
1994-2013

Dr. Ron Manahan (MDiv 70, ThM 77, ThD 82) faithfully served Grace College & Seminary as its president for 20 years. Beginning his career at Grace as the chair of a department in 1977 to president of the institution in 1994, Manahan never dreamed his tenure here would be so long or so fruitful. Read how God used Manahan’s gentle spirit, courageous heart and brilliant mind to bring stability and growth to Grace.

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