Gifford A. Grobien, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology
Director of D.Min. Program 

Dr. Grobien joined the faculty in 2012 as Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the D.Min. Program. Prior to serving at CTS, he was Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his Ph.D. in Moral Theology from Notre Dame in 2011, defending the dissertation, "Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Minds: Christian Worship as the Root of Righteousness and Ethical Formation." His research interests include the relationship between soteriology, worship and ethics, virtue, the natural law, the proper distinction between Law and Gospel, theological anthropology and some topics in sacramental and liturgical studies.

Recent publications include, "Review of Counsel and Conscience" by Benjamin T. Mayes, in Concordia Theological Quarterly (forthcoming), “What is the Natural Law? Medieval Foundations and Luther’s Appropriation” in Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal, ed. Robert Baker (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2011) and "A Lutheran Understanding of Natural Law in the Three Estates," Concordia Theological Quarterly 73 no. 3 (July 2009).

Dr. Grobien served as Assistant Pastor of Emmaus Evangelical Lutheran Church, South Bend, Indiana, from 2006-2012. He earned his M.Div. in Exegetical Theology from CTS in 2005. Prior to attending seminary, he was a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy (1995-2000). He earned his B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1995.