Rev. Dr. Ken Jones

Title: Director of the Iowa Preacher's Project
Dept.: Campus Ministry, Campus Ministry
Office: Cowles Center 102

Ken Sundet Jones, a native South Dakotan, is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His pastoral call is to serve as a professor in Grand View's Theology and Philosophy Department. He holds a Ph.D. in Luther Studies and Reformation history. He and his wife, Mary, live in Urbandale, Iowa.

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  • Doctor of Philosophy in Church History at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota (2003)
  • Master of Divinity, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota (1990)
  • Bachelor of Arts in German, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (1982)

Start Date at Grand View

  • August 2003

Areas of Expertise

  • Reformation history
  • Lutheran theology
  • Life and thought of Martin Luther
  • Lutheran preaching and proclamation
  • Lutheran confessional writings
  • Luther's catechisms
  • Ethics
  • Ancient and medieval philosophy
  • Vocation


  • 2016 Grand View faculty prize for scholarship
  • 2009 Grand View inaugural prize for excellence and innovation in teaching
  • 2006 Grand View prize for excellence in teaching


  • Team member, $1 million endowment grant to fund the Lutheran Bible Institute in California Chair (2017)
  • Team member, three-year $600,000 youth theology institute grant from the Lilly Foundation, Indianapolis, Indiana, to form the Nexus Youth Theology Institute at Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa (2016)

Recent Publications

  • "Introduction" and "The Ten Commandments: Under the Skin and Into the Heart" in By Heart: Conversations with Luther's Small Catechism, SparkHouse (2017)
  • "Death and Dying" in Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions, Baker Academic Publishing House (2017)
  • The Essential Lutheran Handbook, 500th Anniversary Even Smaller Pocket Edition, SparkHouse (2017)

Personal Interests

  • Family time
  • Creative activities
  • Movies
  • Project Runway
  • Cooking
  • Restaurants

Questions & Answers

What makes Grand View unique among other universities?
Relationships with students commitment to teaching and learning.
What is your favorite part about working at Grand View?
My favorite part about working at Grand View is the freedom and support for what I do. Plus, interested and eager students is an added bonus!
Dr. Rev. Ken Jones