Written by Dr. Charles Zimmerman
Saturday, 26 May 2012 00:00
Where have they gone & where are they now?
I have been contacting founding faculty members to see what they are up these days and then posting that information to keep all of you updated on their whereabouts and activities.
This post updates us on John Grauley. John was a master of the overhead projector and the mimeograph machine even though the transparencies were often out of order and the mimeographed pages were still wet as he handed them out. But John’s love for people and great sense of humor made class enjoyable and practical.
What years did you teach at Biblical?
I taught at Biblical from the founding in 1971 until 1982; it’s hard to believe that it has been almost 30 years since I taught there.
I still treasure good memories from those years of seeing God's provision for the school, and the blessing of good fellowship with faculty and students.
What have you been doing since then?
For 8 years I was the director of the Middle Georgia Pastoral Counseling Center in Macon, Georgia, and in 1986 was asked to be the interim pastor of the church sponsoring the Center, First Presbyterian Church. That taste of the pastorate made it difficult to return to full time counseling. Marjorie, my dear wife of 52+ years, and I began to pray about what the Lord would have us do in the years ahead. Not long after we received a telephone call from a pulpit committee in Butler, PA, asking if we would consider being a candidate. Since that time I have pastored three churches: Westminster PCA in Butler, PA, Westminster PCA in Gainesville, GA and Grace PCA in Blairsville, GA.
I retired 2 years ago from fulltime ministry. I should explain that this is a second retirement, the first was in 2001. In 2003 I was the interim pastor of Westminster PCA in Elgin, IL, for a year before becoming the pastor of Grace PCA. Over the last few years I spent a month teaching in Romania, two weeks in Kenya and 5 weeks in Singapore. Lord willing, Marjorie and I will return to Singapore in June for another ministry visit.
What has been happening with your family?
We have 9 grandchildren, the oldest, Aaron Matthews, is 21 and the youngest, James Grauley is 7. We are thankful that our children and grandchildren are following the Lord. What a wonderful blessing that is! In short, the Lord has been very good to us and we enjoy growing older together with Him.
Thus far, we have heard from “Doc” Newman, Gary Cohen, Bob Vannoy, George Clark and Bill Harding. If you missed those blog entries, scroll back and take a look. I asked each to provide contact information, so feel free to drop them a note of encouragement and while you’re at it, attach a comment to the appropriate blog entry.
Charles Zimmerman is the Thomas V. Taylor Professor of Practical Theology. He also serves as Teaching Pastor at Calvary Church in Souderton. He is married to Kim and they have two daughters, Ashley and Megan. See also http://biblical.edu/index.php/charles-zimmerman