Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

Assistant Professor of Leadership and Formation
Director of the Office of Professional Formation

Contact Information

Phone: (303) 765-3116



B.A., University of Colorado
M.Div., Iliff School of Theology
Ph.D., University of Colorado


Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi is Term Assistant Professor of Leadership and Formation and Director of the Office of Professional Formation.

Dr. Lizardy-Hajbi teaches in the fields of leadership theory and praxis, congregational and community formation and change, practical theology, and applied research methods. In particular, her interests include organizational leadership, ministry planning and evaluation, liberative theological and postcolonial approaches to ministry and congregational life, church vitality and growth, young adult spirituality, and intersectional pedagogical practices.

Lizardy-Hajbi is the author of the report American Congregations 2015: Engaging Young Adults outlining the state of young adult presence and ministry in U.S. congregational life based on the results of the Faith Communities Today (FACT) Survey. She was also the first co-chair of the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership, the multi-faith association of researchers responsible for the FACT National Survey of Congregations. In addition, Dr. Lizardy-Hajbi has contributed chapters to The Power of Story: Seeking Renewal and Wholeness in A World That Feels Divided (forthcoming in 2018), Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy (2016), and How Religious Congregations Are Engaging Young Adults in America (2015) and has published articles in both theological and educational journals. She has also written numerous denominational research reports for the United Church of Christ.

As a scholar-practitioner, Lizardy-Hajbi is a member of the Religious Research Association, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Association of Theological Field Educators. She is a peer reviewer for The Association of Theological Schools Commission on Accrediting and is on the task force for the redevelopment of the ATS Standards and Procedures for theological schools in the U.S. and Canada.An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Dr. Lizardy-Hajbi’s ministry has included experience in Christian education and faith formation, multicultural student affairs in higher education, chaplaincy, and denominational leadership. She has served as a consultant to congregations, denominational judicatories, and parachurch organizations around the country in the areas of strategic planning, revitalization, and leadership formation.