Pastor William R. Grimbol, or Pastor Bill as he is known to the congregation, graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, with degrees in political science and literature, then went on to Princeton University Theological Seminary, graduating in 1975. He is a skilled painter and photographer, as well as a published author, with nearly a dozen books available for purchase at Amazon.com and elsewhere.
Pastor Grimbol has devoted much of his life to working with teens. He has been keynote speaker at over one hundred high school assemblies, discussing topics such as adolescent suicide, and the absence of hope many teens experience today. His past book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Spirituality for Teens," is widely read, and viewed as an excellent source on the topic. Pastor Grimbol has additional books in the works, some of which he hopes to have published in late 2016 or early 2017.
Pastor Grimbol grew up in Racine, WI, where he attended Holy Communion Lutheran Church. He was confirmed and ordained at Holy Communion, and also served as an interim youth pastor. After his time at Holy Communion, Bill spent eight years as Associate Pastor for Bay Shore Lutheran Church in Whitefish Bay, WI, before heading to the east coast for a new opportunity.
In 1986, Pastor Grimbol began his stay at New York’s historic Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. During his 25 years at Shelter Island, Bill made a tremendous impression on the church and community, experienced and shared in many wonderful events, and formed lasting friendships, like those with Bishop Desmond Tutu, and the late Forrest Church, a Unitarian Universalist minister and theologian.
In 2011, Pastor Grimbol retired from Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. Not surprisingly, Bill chose to return “home,” heading back to Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Racine. His arrival was well received, but after two years, Bill had to step away from the church to deal with the loss of his beloved wife, Patty. After a brief time away from teaching and preaching, Bill found his way to Vernon Presbyterian Church in Big Bend, WI, where he currently serves as Pastor.