Leonard Knight

PASTORAL CARE PASTOR

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Dr. Leonard Knight holds a D.Min from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Oakland University.  For 40 years, he was a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  He was appointed by the governor of Kentucky to serve for eight years on the state Licensure Board for Marriage and Family Therapy.  Since his retirement, he serves as a pastoral counselor.

He also spent 40 years in Christian Education, teaching at Michigan Christian College and Kentucky Christian University.  He has been a professor, Dean of Students, and Academic Dean.  At both MCC and KCU, he developed the counseling services for student.  At KCU, he was the founding Dean of the Graduate School and the VP for Graduate Studies. 

He has spent 20 years in local congregational work as a youth minister and preaching/teaching minister, most recently at Lower Grassy Church of Christ (Carter County, Kentucky).  He also served as a deacon and elder at Heritage Church of Christ (Clawson, Michigan).  

He also worked as director of Counseling Services at Schultz-Lewis Children’s Home (Valparaiso, Indiana), and with his wife, served as Teaching Parents.  The Knights adopted two hard-to-place children, and fostered 25 children and teens over the years.

Leonard also holds an M.A. in Restorative Justice from Eastern Mennonite University.  His work there included research on forgiveness by family members who lost a loved one to murder and working with men seeking to reintegrate themselves into the community after release from prison.  He served for 15 years as a volunteer chaplain at a men’s medium security prison, co-leading weekly worship services and teaching regular classes in Anger Management as well as Creative Justice, a discussion group focused on principles of biblical and restorative justice, which culminated in a play written and performed by inmates. 

He has been married to his wife, Fawn, for 46 years.  They have three children and two grandchildren.  They have worshipped at Harmony for two years, and he serves on the Pastoral Care team.