Stanley J. Grenz was born in Alpena, Michigan, on 7 January 1950. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder (Bachelor of Arts with distinction, 1973), Denver Seminary (M.Div. with honours, 1976) and the University of Munich, Germany (D.Theol. magna cum laude, 1978), where he wrote a dissertation entitled “Isaac Backus-Puritan and Baptist” under the supervision of Wolfhart Pannenberg. During his professional career, he was a recipient of a Fulbright Grant for sabbatical study in Munich, Germany (1987 - 1988) as well as of a Theological Research Fellowship, awarded by the Association of Theological Schools (1993). He was also named a fellow with the Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology program (1999 - 2000) and was included in two editions of Who’s Who in Religion.
Dr. Grenz was ordained into the gospel ministry on 13 June 1976. He worked within the local church context as youth director and assistant pastor (Northwest Baptist Church, Denver, CO, 1971 - 1976), pastor (Rowandale Baptist Church, Winnipeg, MB, 1979 - 1981) and interim pastor on several occasions. In addition, he preached and lectured in numerous churches, colleges, universities and seminaries in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.
Dr. Grenz authored or co-authored twenty-five books, the latest of which is Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2004). He served as editor or co-editor for two Festschriften, contributed articles to over two dozen other volumes and has authored over a hundred essays and eighty book reviews. Several of these essays and books have won writing awards in the USA and Canada.
Dr. Grenz served as president of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (1989 -1990) and was a member of the National Board of the American Academy of Religion (1989 - 1990), the South Dakota Committee on the Humanities (1986 - 1990), the editorial board of Perspectives in Religious Studies (1985 - 1988), the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs (1983 - 1988), the steering committee of the Evangelical Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion (1988 -1995; co-chair, 1990 - 1994), the Ethics Commission of the Baptist World Alliance (1986 - 2000), the Social Action Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (1994 - 1996) and the steering committee of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association (1996 - 2000). He also participated in both the Doctrine Commission and the Theological Education Committee of the Baptist World Alliance.
For twelve years (1990 - 2002), Dr. Grenz held the position of Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College and at Regent College in Vancouver, BC. After a one-year sojourn as Distinguished Professor of Theology at Baylor University and Truett Seminary in Waco TX (2002 - 2003), he returned to Carey in August 2003 to resume his duties as Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology. In autumn 2004, he assumed an additional appointment as Professor of Theological Studies at Mars Hill Graduate School, Seattle, WA. Prior to his initial move to Vancouver, he was Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at the North American Baptist Seminary, Sioux Falls, SD (1981 - 1990). While in the pastorate (1979 -1981), he taught courses both at the University of Winnipeg and at the Winnipeg Theological Seminary (now Providence Seminary). From 1996 to 1999, he carried an additional appointment as Professor of Theology and Ethics (Affiliate) at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard IL.
On his untimely death in March 2005, Dr. Grenz left a significant legacy of his private and professional materials that continues to influence Theological research and studies.
Biographical information provided by the Grenz family.