EDUCATION


DEGREES

Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland
Ph.D. Philosophy – 1995

International Academy of Philosophy, Schaan, Liechtenstein
M.Phil. in Philosophy & Political Economy – 1992

Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio
BA in Politics, Theology, & Philosophy – 1990


CERTIFICATIONS

Usability Analyst
Human Factors International – 2014

Digital Copywriter
Mediabistro, New York – 2013

Human Centered Design
Michigan State University – 2012

eMarketing
eMarketing Association – 2007

ACADEMIC & THEOLOGICAL INTERESTS

Author, blogger, teacher, and former university professor, Gregory is engaged with several religious and academic organizations that reflect his spirituality of Christian Humanism.

An Anglican, he attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal parish. He’s also a member and theological consultant for Anglicans for Life.

He’s an associate scholar member of the Westar Institute and affiliated with the Progressive Christian Alliance and the Northumbria and Lindisfarne communities.

He serves on the governing council for the Spiritual Naturalist Society, where he is also a featured writer.

He’s a cofounder of Nourish – a Grand Rapids area experiment in organic, authentic community modeled on the tradition of the Salon.

His spirituality is deeply influenced by the way of Anam Cara and is reflected by his interest in Celtic spirituality in its nature-based and Christian expressions.

You can learn more about Gregory’s spiritual and theological influences and interests here.

His areas of academic interest include social philosophy, personalism and philosophy of the human person, virtue and natural law ethics, the intellectual history of Western culture, humanism, cultural criticism, naturalism and epistemology, and political economy.

PERSONAL

Gregory Matthew Auden Gronbacher is a community weaver with a passion for helping others thrive and come together.

Inspired by his Irish cultural heritage, Gregory is deeply motivated by the Irish practice of Anam Carasoul friendship – a way of life that values simplicity, integrity, and being generously available to others.

This spirit of Anam Cara shapes his all his professional activities – offering caring, expert real estate sales advising at Greenridge Realty, creatively compelling freelance digital copywriting work, and engaging classroom learning experiences as a State certified instructor of real estate licensing and law.

The way of Anam Cara also underlies Gregory’s practical, nature-based, person focused, spirituality of Christian Humanism and his healing work as a narrative therapist and spiritual director

Originally from New York City, Gregory attended university in Ohio, then spent a decade in Europe, before settling down in the Grand Rapids area in the late 1990s.

CAREER

REAL ESTATE SALES & EDUCATIONGREENRIDGE Grand Rapids, MI 2014 – Present

Helping people find a place to call home – advising clients in residential sales and investment throughout West Michigan. As a State Certified Instructor for Real Estate Education & LIcensing at MiLicense.Net – teaching the 40-hour pre-licensure class, broker training, and offering a variety of continuing education courses, including real estate legal education.

DIGITAL COPYWRITING – FREELANCE  Grand Rapids, MI 1999 – Present

Innovative digital copywriter, editor, and content strategist with UI/UX and Human Centered Design certifications helping businesses and individuals rise above the noise and get noticed!

Current & Previous Clients:

Steelcase, Meijer, Amway, Rent.com, Mercy Health, Bissell, Pfizer, Gordon Food Services, Hondros Learning Systems, RPM Media, Kent County Animal Shelter, and multiple nonprofits and religious organizations.

AMWAY CORPORATION Ada, MI 2004 – 2014

Web editor and a lead member on Amway’s UI/UX core team engaged in all aspects of online marketing and communications for various multi-million dollar product lines and creating effective digital business tools and experiences for Amway Business Owners.

SUMMIT TRAINING SOURCE Grand Rapids, MI 1999 – 2004

Director of Strategic Communications engaged in the full range of marketing, public relations, and communications for environmental, health, and safety training for Fortune 500 companies. Leveraged instructional design skills in the creation of many of training programs and helped take the entire training library online.

MOUNT ALOYSIUS COLLEGE Cresson, PA 1994 – 1996

Assistant Professor of philosophy teaching ethics, business ethics, critical reasoning, and introduction to philosophy.

MILLTOWN INSTITUTE OF THEOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY Dublin, Ireland 1992 – 1998

University Lecturer in philosophy teaching ethics, philosophy of the person, and social philosophy.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

– Steve Jobs
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