President and Founder
Paul J. Kirbas, D.Min, PhD holds the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Columbia Seminary, and a PhD in Theological Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation. His doctoral studies focused on a Theology of Nature, and were supervised by Dr. John Kerr, Oxford Professor and former Warden of the Society of Ordained Scientists. Dr. Kirbas is the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology and Culture at the Graduate Theological Foundation. Previously, he served as the Guest Assistant Professor of Theology at Wheaton College, and an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at North Central College. He is an Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, and has served as Senior Pastor in several large churches in his 28 years of ministry. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. Dr. Kirbas is the author of Navigating Through a Stipulated Freedom : Discovering a Guiding Biblical Ethic for the Journey of Biotechnology., now in its second edition (Wyndham Hall Press, 2010), and a contributing author of Benedict XVI Considered: Interfaith Perspectives on the Modern Papacy (Victoria Press, 2009). He serves as Editor of the newly released book and DVD This Sacred Earth (Wyndham Hall Press, 2012), featuring essays from leading scientists and theologians from around the world. Paul is the host of the television show “The Exchange, Where Faith and Science Meet.”
Chairman of the Board
William C. Orr, Ph.D., is Clinical Professor of Medicine, at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and President and CEO of the Lynn Health Science Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Dr. Orr has published extensively and has over 200 publications on topics ranging from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), anal rectal functioning and fecal incontinence and the role of sleep in the pathogenesis of reflux esophagitis. Dr. Orr has been involved in clinical GI assessments for over 25 years in both upper and lower GI conditions and he has authored textbook chapters on the organization and operation of a GI Motility Laboratory.
Educated at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he earned an MA and Ph.D., Dr. Orr served at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC from 1969-1972. These were followed by positions at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center,, at Presbyterian Hospital as the Director of the Department of Clinical Physiology and at Baptist Medical Center of Oklahoma as Director of Research all in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Dr. Orr has served on the board of directors of the National Sleep Foundation and the Educational Affairs Committee of the American College of Gastroenterology. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma/Arkansas Regional Alzheimer’s Association.
Vice Chairman of the Board
John Kenney is Senior Attorney with McAfee and Taft in Oklahoma City. John’s practice involves litigation of complex business cases, primarily those involving intellectual property and other technical and scientific issues. He has tried and handled cases, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings and hearings in many state and federal courts in the United States, the Virgin Islands and several foreign countries. Over the years, this has included cases involving patents and other intellectual property, products liability, oil and gas, environmental, antitrust, securities fraud, and other contract and general business issues. He also advises clients concerning matters involving intellectual property law and products liability law. John regularly practices before all federal district courts in Oklahoma, including the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, located in Oklahoma City; the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, located in Tulsa; and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, located in Muskogee. He has also tried cases in numerous federal district courts around the country and handled appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court and in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Tenth Circuit and Fifth Circuit.