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VFCC Professor Named as a Top 20 Most Influential Children's Ministry Leader

by Office of Marketing | August 18, 2010
Rev. Dick Gruber, Church Ministries faculty member specializing in Children's Ministry at Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC), has been named one of the 20 most influential Children's Ministry leaders in the United States. Children's Ministry Magazine is celebrating 20 years by awarding this honor to 20 individuals. According to the magazine, Professor Gruber has long been a voice in the realm of Children's Ministry offering wisdom, practicality, and encouragement to those ministering to children. Through local church ministry, leadership as the National Director of Children's Ministry for the Assemblies of God, and Christian higher education, Rev. Gruber who is affectionately known as "PG" has dedicated most of his life to equipping effective children's ministers. 

Since arriving at VFCC in 2001, he has shaped the Children's Ministry program to be one of the most respected and dynamic ministry preparation programs in all of higher education. While at VFCC he collaborated with Dr. Philip McLeod, VFCC Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dr. Jason Rhode of Northern Illinois University to establish the Children's Ministries University Online (CMUO), which is an accredited educational program offered through Valley Forge Christian College. He has authored two books,Children's Church: Turning your Circus into a Service and Focus on Children; is a contributing author to the 2010 release of Collaborate: Family + Church; as well as numerous articles on ministering to children. Dick and his wife Darlene have four adult children and seven grandchildren.

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