James M. Grier, Th.D. Legacy Professor

Dr. James M. Grier is the former Distinguished Professor of Philosophical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, and an authority in the area of ethics. He received his B.Th. from Baptist Bible College, a M.Div. from Grace Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Th.D. from Grace Theological Seminary.

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (1982–2012), Dr. Grier influenced many with his courses in ethics and moral theology gaining a reputation as one of the finest scholars on a Christian worldview in evangelicalism. Before arriving at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, he spent several years teaching at Cedarville College (now Cedarville University) as a Professor of Philosophy (1969–1982) and serving administratively in various roles. Beyond G.R.T.S. and Cedarville College, Dr. Grier was a visiting or adjunct professor at Asia Baptist Theological Seminary, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and London Reformed Baptist Seminary. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Grace Theological Seminary (1978-2012) while holding a similar position at Evangelical Baptist Seminary of Quebec (1984–2012). He also taught and preached extensively in Canada, Hungary, the United Kingdom, and Zambia.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Grier served for 15 years as Executive Vice President and Academic Dean at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He also served two years as the Acting Academic Dean of Grand Rapids Bible College (Cornerstone University) from 1985–1986. He was also the Chairman of the Evangelical Seminary Dean’s Council (ESDC) 1993–1998. Moreover, he pastored on and off for more than 50 years while advising numerous hospital boards on medical ethics. Among his various professional memberships were The Evangelical Theological Society and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. His philanthropic endeavors included work at Home of Hope and Blodgett Hospital. When not teaching in the United States or abroad, he was sought after as a conference speaker on philosophical theology and worldview at churches across the globe.

Among the books Dr. Grier has contributed to are The Relation of the Law to Christ, Demonstrating Truth in Our Lives, Doing Theology in the Context of Church Ministry, and Calvinistic Philosophy.

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