The Reverend Dr. Kendyl Gibbons is the 15th senior minister at All
Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. She is a lifelong Unitarian
Universalist, a recognized leader in our continental Association, and
past president of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.
Kendyl is a 1976 graduate of the College of William and Mary, with BAs
in Religion and Sociology. She holds a Master’s degree from the
University of Chicago Divinity School, and a Doctorate of Ministry
from our UU seminary, Meadville/Lombard Theological School.
Kendyl served as the minister of the DuPage Unitarian Universalist
Church in Naperville, Illinois for fifteen years before being called
to the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis in 1998. In 2012 she
was called as the senior minister at All Souls here in Kansas City.
Kendyl has a long-standing commitment to theological education and the
future of ministry. She has formally supervised more than twenty
student ministry internships, and been an informal teacher and mentor
to dozens of seminarians. She has been an adjunct faculty member of
the United Theological Seminary in the Twin Cities, and former Co-Dean
and Mentor for the Humanist Institute. She currently teaches in the
areas of worship and liturgy, and the dynamics of professional
leadership, and serves as adjunct faculty at her alma mater,
Meadville/Lombard Theological School in Chicago.
As an active member of the Minneapolis Downtown Interfaith Clergy
group, Kendyl traveled to Jerusalem and Bethlehem with twelve
Christian, Muslim, and Jewish colleagues in January of 2007. Among
her Unitarian Universalist colleagues, she recently chaired the
committee that revised the Ministers Association code of conduct and
Kendyl has been widely published in UU journals and publications, including Quest, Religious Humanism, and the UU World, and she has
made numerous presentations at the annual UUA General Assemblies. She
is a contributing author to Parenting Beyond Belief; On Raising
Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion. Kendyl has received the John
Burton Wolf Prize for Excellence in Preaching, and the Meadville
Lombard Alumni/ae Association Excellence in Ministry Award. She is
also the author of two hymns included in the 1991 UU hymnbook, Singing
The Living Tradition, as well as “Sources; a Unitarian Universalist
She lives in Kansas City, east of Troost, with her husband of 40
years, Mark, and two cats.