Week Five July 22 - July 29, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi serves as the director of the Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD), a ministry team of Local Church Ministries within the UCC’s national setting. Kristina has served in a variety of ministries including higher education, Christian education/faith formation, hospital chaplaincy, and youth ministry. 

Kristina is a graduate of Iliff School of Theology in Denver and has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research and Policy from the University of Colorado.  In conjunction with colleagues, Kristina currently helps to collect, maintain, and analyze data on UCC congregations and ministers and conducts a number of research and evaluation projects throughout the year (which can be found at www.ucc.org/research). As part of her national role, Kristina also serves on the steering committee of the Faith Communities Today (FACT) Project—a series of national surveys of American congregations begun in 2000—and is the author of the FACT 2015 report “Engaging Young Adults” available at www.faithcommunitiestoday.org.

Her passions include developing theologies of research and critical understandings of church vitality, engaging in intersectional social justice and liberation activism, and cultivating creative expression through oil painting, writing, and cooking. 

Kristina and her spouse Ali reside in Aurora, Colorado with their Guinea pig fur-baby, Mr. Sneakers.