“As pastors and leaders in the local church, we must be committed to nourishing both heart (“habits of the heart”) and head (“habits of the mind”) in our own lives, and also in the lives of those to whom God has called us to minister. My prayer is that both hearts and heads will be encouraged and challenged by the Strands of Thought blog as we are called to give ourselves more fully to a faithful ministry of the Word, for God’s glory and the good of His people. I am passionate about God-glorifying, Christ-exalting, Spirit-empowered ministry that is rooted in the Word.”–Greg Strand
Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.
Greg has two Masters degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and at present he is working with Evangelical Theological faculty, Heverlee, Belgium, Ph.D. toward his doctorate in Systematic Theology. He now serves as Director of Biblical Theology and Credentialing for the EFCA at the national office in Minneapolis, MN. Greg is husband to Karen, is father to three, and is a runner, biker and sports enthusiast
1982-1984 Youth Pastor, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Moorhead, MN
1989-1994 Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries, Bethany EFC, LaCrosse, WI
1995-2002 Senior Pastor, Trinity Evangelical Free Church, Minot, ND
2002-Present Director of Biblical Theology and Credentialing, EFCA, Minneapolis, MN
1982 Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (BA)
1989 TEDS, M.Div.
1992 TEDS, MA-NT
Present Evangelical Theological faculty, Heverlee, Belgium, Ph.D. in Systematic Theology (ABD)