|Stan was a deep thinker who demonstrated mastery of his discipline
by the ability to cast his material in clear, accessible form. But
what I appreciate most was the fact that he was both a world-class
theologian and an all-around goofy guy. One time we entered a remote
country café for breakfast. Stan noticed a sign that read:
“We no longer take credit cards anymore.” As we finished
our meal, we amused each other by making up other such statements—all
ending with “anymore.” And then I realized the existential
implications . . . I had no cash—only a credit card!
Stan was my friend and the loss I feel is profoundly personal.
For the last five years we team taught a Doctor of Ministry course
on postmodernism and were looking forward to other ways to collaborate.
I treasured his friendship. He was forever urging me to stretch
myself professionally—beyond the pale of administrative work.
He quoted a mentor who once cautioned: “The road to academic
irrelevance is paved with the stones of administration.” Stan
was an encourager.
Stan inspired me to do my best personally as well as professionally.
He was a loving husband and father. Whenever he spoke of his family—especially
of Edna—he swelled with loving pride. It has been said that
those who lead best are those who influence most. As long my journey
continues this side of eternity it will bear the impress of my dear
friend and mentor.
The faculty and staff of George Fox Evangelical Seminary mourn
the loss of a great colleague and friend and pray for God’s
comforting peace to rest on the Grenz family and its many friends.
I will miss you, friend.
Charles J. Conniry, Jr., Ph.D.
Director, Doctor of Ministry Program
George Fox Evangelical Seminary