Corrected: Graceland Hires Zac Harmon-McLaughlin as Director of Community of Christ Seminary

INDEPENDENCE, MO (12/20/2018) Graceland University is proud to announce the hiring of Zac Harmon-McLaughlin as Director of the Community of Christ Seminary.

Harmon-McLaughlin received his Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Graceland in 2008 and went on to receive his Master of Arts in Religion from Graceland in 2010. In 2019, he will complete his Doctorate of Ministry in Executive Leadership at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. As a seminary alumnus, he is uniquely equipped to offer his experience, skills, and deep connection to Graceland's sponsoring denomination, Community of Christ. Most recently, Harmon-McLaughlin was the Regional Development Executive Director for Community of Christ in Northern California and Western Nevada.

"We are thrilled about the passion that Zac brings to the Seminary. We had many qualified candidates, but his zeal for religious education, his experience as a leader, and his connection and commitment to Community of Christ, set him apart," said Patricia H. Draves, Graceland University President.

Harmon-McLaughlin will lead the Community of Christ Seminary at Graceland University, which was founded in 2002 as a joint venture between Graceland University and the sponsoring denomination, Community of Christ.

"The Community of Christ Seminary fulfills a critical role in meeting the church's mission initiative to develop disciples to serve," said Stassi Cramm, member of the Community of Christ First Presidency and Graceland Board of Trustees member. "We are excited by Zac's selection as the new Seminary Director and look forward to his leadership and ministry in this important role. We are grateful for the church's partnership with Graceland University that makes all of this possible."

At the seminary, students receive the best theological scholarship available, paired with personal and communal faith formation. It is the intellectual and sacred gathering space that embodies the profound and enduring relationship between the university and the church.

"I'm humbled and honored to return to Graceland to serve as the Director of the Seminary," shared Harmon-McLaughlin. "I'm looking forward to engaging in leadership development and practical ministerial application through religious education. My deep hope is to empower and inspire future innovative leaders and ministers to cultivate and create authentic, loving, and transformative Christian community."

Harmon-McLaughlin will start at Graceland in March of 2019 and will split his time between the Independence and Lamoni campuses.


Community of Christ is a welcoming, loving faith community that values the worth of every person as a child of God. With approximately 250,000 members in more than 60 nations, the church's mission is to "proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace." Community of Christ International Headquarters is located in Independence, Missouri. For more information, visit

Founded in 1895 and sponsored by Community of Christ, Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, is more than just a school. It is a community of passionate, caring and dedicated individuals who put their relationships with students first. Campuses are located in Lamoni, Iowa, and Independence, Missouri. For more information and to see additional student achievements, follow @gracelandu on Twitter and like Graceland University on Facebook, or visit