Paul J. Grime, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions
Dean of the Chapel
Paul J. Grime was born to Arden and Mary Grime in December 29, 1958, and spent all of his formative years in Archbold, a small town in northwest Ohio. He attended Valparaiso University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and church music. The following year he completed a Master of Music in organ performance at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. His organ instructors were William Eifrig (Valparaiso) and David Mulburry (Cincinnati). In 1982, he matriculated to Concordia Theological Seminary where he completed the M.Div. degree in 1986. He stayed on for one additional year, serving as acting Kantor at Kramer Chapel, graduating with an S.T.M. in 1987.
Following studies at CTS, Dr. Grime moved to Milwaukee where he began his doctoral studies at Marquette University. Concurrently, he received a call from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in West Allis, Wisconsin, where he served from 1987 to 1996. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Religious Studies in 1994, writing his dissertation on the topic “The Doctrine of the Trinity in the Hymns of Martin Luther.” His doctoral advisor was Kenneth Hagen.
In 1996, Dr. Grime accepted a call to serve as Executive Director for the LCMS Commission on Worship in St. Louis. During his eleven years in that capacity, he served as project director, first for the development of Hymnal Supplement 98 and then for Lutheran Service Book, the Synod’s new hymnal, and all of its companion volumes, which were published in 2006 and 2007.
Dr. Grime joined the CTS faculty in the fall of 2007. He serves as Dean of the Chapel and teaches in the Pastoral Ministry and Missions department. He is married to Debra; they have two sons, Matthew and Nathan, who love sports of every kind.