Gregory Gronbacher, Ph.D. is a licensed, ordained interfaith minister serving individuals, communities, and their families throughout West Michigan.
Author, speaker, and teacher, Gregory has engaged audiences and groups throughout the United States and Europe on a wide range of theological and philosophical topics.
As part of his ministry, Gregory offers pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, and education opportunities as well as serving at weddings, funerals, baby dedications and baptisms, and other life celebrations.
Ordained and recognized by several religious organizations, including The Open Table, the Progressive Christian Alliance, the Universal Life Church, and the Anglican Free Communion, Gregory was educated in theology and philosophy in both the U.S. and Europe.
Gregory offers services and ministry from a variety of theological and traditional perspectives – allowing you to create a service or event that is meaningful to you, and without the concerns of institutional limitations and bureaucracy.
Spirituality Beyond Institutions
Religion and spirituality are undergoing a profound transformation. Increasing numbers of individuals are finding meaning and spiritual wisdom outside of more traditional places. And many no longer maintain formal membership at a church or religious community.
While outdated structures are withering, people still yearn for genuine community and sources of spiritual meaning. These trends have given rise to independent clergy offering a full range of ministry services to people of all backgrounds, regardless of where they’re at in life and their particular journey.
Gregory has spent three decades studying, teaching, and engaging the wisdom of various spiritual traditions and approaches to life’s perennial questions and challenges. He understands that most traditions share the following convictions/commitments:
1. Affirm the interconnectedness of all life as a way to experience the sacredness and meaningfulness of life.
2. Build genuine community inclusive of all people of goodwill.
3. Claim that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe.
4. Commit to a path of self-mastery, compassion, and selfless love.
5. Strive for peace and justice for all people and seek a simple life of love that subverts the dehumanizing forces at work in the world.
6. Engage in lifelong learning, self-examination, and pursuit of the truth with fearless questioning and an ever-open mind and heart.
7. Work to affirm human dignity and restore the integrity of our earth and all life on this planet.
8. Recognize the primacy of love.