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Donald L. Griggs

    Dr Donald Griggs

    Donald L. Griggs is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has spent his whole professional career in the field of Christian Education serving as an Associate Minister for Christian education in three different congregations, among other assignments. In April 1999 he retired from active ministry and his position of Associate Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, California. He received his M. Div. and D. Min. degrees from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1960 and 1983 respectively. His dissertation was on The Pastor as Teacher: A Strategy for Equipping Pastors to be Teachers.

    Prior to accepting the call to Sacramento, Don was on the staff of The LOGOS System Associates for ten years where he and his wife Pat, served as managing editors for developing the Faith for Life Curriculum for grades one to twelve. Don also served as Director of Training and Special Projects for LOGOS. From 1978 to 1984 he served on the faculty of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia, as Dean of Extended Ministries and Associate Professor of Christian Education.

    Dr. Griggs has served on the Editorial Board of The Kerygma Program since 1982 and has authored both the Resource Book and the Leader's Guide for the elective course, Discovering the Psalms: Passion, Promise and Praise. Kerygma has also published Meeting God in the Bible: Sixty Devotions for Groups that is a supplementary resource to be used in a wide variety of settings with adult groups. In addition, Don has authored or co-authored more than twenty books in the field of Christian Education. He is best known for his book Teaching Today's Teachers to Teach which is still in print and has been translated into three different languages.

    From 2001 to 2008, Don has served as the Executive Director of Pilgrims of Ibillin, the United States based support group for the Mar Elias Educational Institutions of Ibillin, Israel, founded by Father Elias Chacour. The schools of Ibillin are for more than 3,000 Christian, Muslim, and Jewish students and faculty from kindergarten through university who demonstrate daily that peace is a possibility when there is mutual respect, trust, and cooperation in an environment of acceptance.

    Don and Pat are retired, living in Livermore, California. They have three children: Cathryn, a first grade teacher; Scott, a photographer; and Mark, a Presbyterian pastor.