Kirby Francis currently teaches the Public Speaking class at Gordon College.
He is originally from New Brunswick, Canada. From an early age, Kirby's local Baptist church was the main place to exercise a love for teaching and speaking. He preached his first sermon at age 16, and has been active in ministry ever since. Following a B.A. in History and French at the University of New Brunswick, Kirby completed his Master's in Divinity (M.Div) at Southeastern Seminary in North Carolina. He then pastored two churches in New Brunswick, and became fascinated by the power of public speaking to make Biblical truth practical and applicable. Kirby grew in his appreciation of the application of visual aids to public speaking, especially for demographically mixed audiences. Following his Masters in Theology (Th.M) at Gordon-Conwell Seminary, he worked for New York Life as a Registered Representative, using public speaking as part of his own Financial Services practice. The opportunity to do more by way of speaking and seminars attracted Kirby to Apple, Inc, as a trainer in Digital Video Production workflows.
He is currently the Director of the Department of Instructional Design at Gordon-Conwell, where he directs efforts to use visual technologies to advance theological education. Kirby speaks frequently at churches throughout the North Shore, and currently plays electric guitar for the worship team at Hope Community Church in Newburyport, MA. He has been married to his wife Annie for over 12 years, and has two children.