Rev. John Vaughn is the executive vice president and is responsible for the overall planning and management of the Seminary. Before joining Auburn Seminary, Rev. Vaughn served as the program director for the Twenty-First Century Foundation, a national foundation based in Harlem, New York, that advances strategic giving for Black community change. He led the Foundation’s signature initiatives — “Black Men and Boys” along with “Gulf Coast recovery and rebuilding.” Before joining the staff of the Twenty-First Century Foundation, Rev. Vaughn served as the executive director of the Peace Development Fund, which provides funding, training and assistance for grassroots peace and justice community organizing throughout the United States and select countries internationally.
From 1996 to 2000, Rev. Vaughn served as the minister for education and social justice at the Riverside Church in New York City, where he oversaw the Church’s ministries with children, youth, young adults, adult education, social justice, social services and small grants. Rev. Vaughn has also served as the director for community development at the Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) in Boston, Mass; the executive director of East Harlem Interfaith in New York City; the action assistant at The Riverside Church, and the assistant minister at the Hamilton United Methodist Church in San Francisco, Calif.
An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, Rev. Vaughn received his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass and his Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif. He is married to the Rev. Dr. P. Kimberleigh Jordan, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. They are the proud parents of a two sons, James and Caleb.