NABS Remembers Former Professor

NABS Remembers Former Professor

March 18, 2005

Dr. Stanley J. Grenz, former North American Baptist Seminary professor, passed away March 12, 2005 after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage. Ted Faszer, Professor of Educational Ministries and Church Music, shares his thoughts about Stan's impact at NABS.

"Stan Grenz was an effective and beloved faculty member during his years at NABS. Stan's keen intellect and powerful gifts of communication made him effective in the classroom. Stan's strong commitment to writing made his scholarship stand out. Stan challenged students to love God with their minds. His incisive theological discourse encouraged students to reflect deeply, and to follow Christ lovingly and obediently.

Stan came to NABS from the pastorate. As a professor, he was able to maintain a pastor's heart and keep a pastor's perspective as he lectured and wrote. Stan and Edna's children, Joel and Corina were young while they served at NABS. Stan and Edna modeled close and loving family relations. Stan and Edna's ministry was a partnership. Stan encouraged Edna to exercise her many ministry gifts at seminary and in the church, and to continue her education. Their joint ministries of leadership, music and hospitality blessed both seminary and church. Stan loved the church, and effectively modeled preaching, teaching, and leadership.

Stan loved music, and often sang in a NABS professors' quartet. Now that Stan has entered his heavenly reward, he no longer needs to sing Just a Little Talk with Jesus. He is experiencing glorious communion with his Savior, face-to- face. 'Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of your Lord,' Matthew 25:21."

To learn more about Stanley J. Grenz, his life, and family, visit his website at www.stanleyjgrenz.com.