Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN


Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Dr. Gifford Grobien

  • Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
  • Director of DMin Program

(260) 452-2143


Rev. Dr. Gifford Grobien joined the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW), Indiana, in 2012, as Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. In 2018, the Board of Regents granted him tenure and advanced him to the rank of Associate Professor of Systematic Theology. His research interests include Christian formation, the natural law, sanctification, virtue, and some topics in sacramental and liturgical studies. He teaches courses in the Lutheran Confessions, theological ethics, dogmatic theology, and pastoral theology.

Publications include Christian Character Formation: Lutheran Studies of the Law, Anthropology, Worship, and Virtue (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019); “From Taboo to Delight: The Body, Sex, and Love in View of Creation and Eschatology” (2017); “Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: The Triumph of Culture?” (2015); “The Christian Voice in the Civil Realm” (2014); “Marriage and So-Called Civil Unions in Light of Natural Law,” (2013); and “Righteousness, Mystical Union, and Moral Formation in Christian Worship” (2013).

Prior to serving at CTSFW, he was Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his PhD in Moral Theology from Notre Dame in 2011, defending the dissertation, “‘Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind’: Christian Worship as the Root of Righteousness and Ethical Formation.” While studying at Notre Dame, Dr. Grobien served as Assistant Pastor of Emmaus Evangelical Lutheran Church, South Bend, Indiana, from 2006–2012.

Dr. Grobien earned his MDiv in Exegetical Theology from CTSFW in 2005. Prior to attending seminary, he was a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy (1995–2000). He earned his BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1995, where he first met Regina, originally from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. They were married in December 1995 and have eight children and two grandchildren. Dr. Grobien enjoys playing, coaching, and officiating sports, especially soccer, football, basketball, and baseball/softball. He also enjoys spending time assisting Regina at homeschooling their children, and, when they have the opportunity, traveling. He is originally from San Pedro, California.