Rev. Dr. Chris M. Leighton

Executive Director, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies

Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Leighton is an ordained Presbyterian minister who has served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies since its inception in 1987. In addition to his work at the ICJS, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University and the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary & University. After co-editing Talking About Genesis: A Resource Guide for the Bill Moyers series, he also conducted a variety of educational programs that explored the challenges of reading and interpreting Genesis with public and independent high school students, individuals in retirement homes and a maximum security prison, as well as a diverse cross section of churches and synagogues. In October 2014 the board of the ICJS elected to expand the educational mission to include Islam, and Chris is now actively developing and implementing programs that bring Christians, Jews, and Muslims into a serious and sustained exploration of their sacred texts and traditions.