Rev. Kimberly Gonxhe

The Rev. Kimberly Gonxhe earned a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Business from the Ohio University in Athens, OH.   She went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA, where she was the 2006 Valentour World Travel Scholar focusing on women’s issues in a global context. 

Rev. Gonxhe is currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh.  For the last five years she served as the director of the Metro-Urban Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She also serves as the founder and executive director of the Live Foundation, a global gender justice organization uplifting communities which champion systematic transformation. She answered this current call  into academia and social justice after a thriving 10-year engineering career with a Fortune 100 Company. 

Rev. Gonxhe has advocated for the marginalized in over 40 countries, spanning 5 continents, touching the lives of thousands. Her work has positively affected war-torn displaced people in Uganda, reformed sex workers in Indonesia, as well as married, mutilated, and uneducated young girls in Kenya.  Rev. Gonxhe has ministered in preaching, teaching and compassion ministry for over 21 years. Her guiding scripture is John 10:10, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that you may have life to the full.”

Rev. Gonxhe enjoys traveling, painting, hiking, and international cuisine.  She is married to the Rev. Dr. Gregory M. Howard and they share four children: Zion, Jaden, Holli and Destiny.