Rev. R. Gregg Kaufman
Consultant, educator and Kettering Foundation Research Associate Rev. Gregg Kaufman is a retired Lutheran pastor, Georgia College & State University faculty member, and former board member of the National Issues Forums Institute. Rev. Kaufman served congregations in Pennsylvania, Georgia and New Jersey before joining the faculty at Georgia College, where he taught in the Department of Government & Sociology, directed the Coverdell Institute and coordinated the university’s American Democracy Project before retiring in 2014.
With a lifelong interest in community organizing, Kaufman has contributed to numerous collaborative accomplishments, including the development of a soup kitchen and domestic violence shelter in Carrollton, GA and a pre-school for children of homeless families in Princeton Junction, NJ. Among his achievements at Georgia College was the incorporation of Public Achievement, a youth citizenship education pedagogy used throughout the U.S. and 20 foreign countries, and Public Deliberation, a first-year student critical thinking course. In 2014, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities American Democracy Project presented Kaufman the inaugural Barbara Burch Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement Award.
Fascinated by how discipleship and citizenship intersect — and by the church’s role in strengthening American democracy — Kaufman continues to advocate for civic education and civil discourse through his consulting/education endeavor, The Deliberative Voice. He also participates in several ongoing research initiatives, teaches at the University of North Florida’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and conducts workshops for higher education and religious institutions. Kaufman has shared his expertise with the University of Florida Extension School of Forestry and Conservation and Jacksonville organizations including the Baptist Health/Wolfson Children’s Hospital Tipping the Scale Adolescent Mentoring Program, UNF’s Hicks Honors College, Leadership Jacksonville and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. For the latter, he coordinated a series of 2018 forums to discuss Jacksonville’s historical legacy by using a dialogue resource entitled How Should We Convey the History of Jacksonville? Monuments, Parks & People.
A Pennsylvania native, Kaufman earned degrees at Waterloo Lutheran University (B.A. Political Science, 1971), Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1975), and Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1993). He and his wife, Linda, have two children and three grandchildren and live in Orange Park.