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Kay Syvrud, Hawley, Minn., Published December 17 2013

Letter: Rev. Grimstad an inspiring man

The death of the Rev. Art Grimstad at age 95 took me back to his classroom (Old Testament and New Testament, a requirement for freshmen at Concordia College in the mid-1950s).

My life was changed by being a student of Grimstad. I was young – 18 and 19 in my first year of college. I knew something was very pleasantly surprising about Grimstad – he prayed at the beginning of every class during that entire school year (1956-57), and his prayers were passionate and intimate.

I knew that this man knew the Lord Jesus Christ personally and had a close walk with him. His teaching was also filled with passion and dedication to the Lord he served.

I was eager to take every class that Grimstad taught after that first year experience in his classes. I was able to take his class in Minor Prophets, and it was equally life-changing for me. I will never forget the teaching of Grimstad – a powerful witness for faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am forever grateful to Grimstad for his Christian witness to so many students at Concordia before he retired.

I am so glad he lived a long life. It is a fulfillment of many Bible statements about “long life” promised for the faithful saints who spend their lives serving the Lord God Almighty.