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Dr. Stanley E. Granberg serves on the Heritage 21 board and is a founding member of the Heritage 21 Foundation. He served for 15 years as the director of Kairos Church Planting, a ministry that recruits, trains, and supports church planting leaders across the United States.

Stan was born in Seattle, Washington, and raised in the fellowship of the Churches of Christ. He attended Harding University (BS 1978), Harding Graduate School of Religion (MTh 1983), Fuller Theological Seminary (ThM 1996), and the Open University/Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (Ph.D. 2000). He is a trained StratOp and Life Plan facilitator through the Paterson Center and a CoachNet-trained coach.

Stan has worked in a variety of ministry roles:
  • Youth minister for the East Frayser Church of Christ, Memphis, TN,1979-1983
  • Missionary church planter and leadership trainer among the Meru people of central Kenya, 1983-1993
  • Missionary-in-Residence at Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, TX, 1993-1996
  • Bible faculty at Cascade College, Portland, OR, 1996-2004
  • Founding director of Kairos Church Planting, 2005-2019
  • Executive minister for the Southwest Church of Christ, Jonesboro, AR, 2020-2021
Dr. Granberg’s publications include:
  • “A Case Study of Growth and Decline: The Churches of Christ, 2006-2016.” Great Commission Research Journal, 10(1), 90-113, 2018.
  • Spiritual Formation: The Foundation. Amazon: Create Space, 2015.
  • Leading Others: Sharing. Amazon: Create Space, 2015.
  • 100 Years of African Missions: Essays in Honor of Wendell Broom. Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 2001.

He and his wife, Gena, partnered in ministry as missionaries in Meru, Kenya (1983-1993) and church planting through Kairos Church Planting. They have four adult children who serve God’s kingdom as ministers, church planters, missionaries, and church leaders.

The Granbergs currently live in the Seattle, WA, metro region, where they are watching the future of the American church form.