Gerald Kirk and his two brothers, Orville Kirk, Jr. and Ronald Kirk, were the children of two outstanding educators in the St. Louis public school system. Needless to say, education was the focus of life in the Kirk family. Upon graduating from Lutheran North, Gerald obtained a BSBA degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in Finance, Management Information Systems, and Economics. He obtained his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. At Washington University he was the recipient of the Washington University Distinguished Peer Award as voted by his entire class.
Gerald’s work history in the business community includes: Vice President, Credit Officer-Credit Administrator at PNC Bank, Investment Banker and Capital Markets at Edward Jones, President/Owner of Kirk Consulting, 14 years at US Bank in IT, Loan Review, Commercial Lending group, Middle Market Group, Leverage Lending, and Large Corporate group.
Since 2015 he served as Chief Credit Officer for the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF). In 2019 he was promoted to Chief Credit and Administration Officer for the Lutheran Church Extension Fund. He supervises Loan Operations, Loan Processing, Underwriting, Loan Resolutions, Investment Processing as well as maintaining the credit quality for LCEF’s $1.7 billion portfolio.
With his background in Christian schools and training, Gerald has been involved with serving community and nonprofit organizations, including the Lutheran High School Association, a local Christian elementary school, volunteering his financial expertise to his own church in a number of roles, and volunteering at the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club.
Gerald and his wife, Kathy (LN ‘82), have been married for 27 years with three children Jarrick, Maya, and Cameron. They refer to Lutheran North as the “The Kirk Family High School.”
Montras: • The choices you make dictate the life that you live
• Sacrificing today will provide options later
• I prefer to be true to myself even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to false, and incur my own abhorrence (Frederick Douglas)