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Tim Griffin

University Pastor, Dean of Students, Vice President of Student Affairs


Tim Griffin was born in California, where he spent most of his life. He briefly attended Santa Ana Junior College and Liberty University, earning his undergraduate degree from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College and a Master of Arts degree from Moody Graduate School in Chicago, IL.

Tim has a professional background which includes public relations, recruiting, fundraising and resource management and served for over 25 years in clergy positions ranging from being a pastor and chaplain to university minister.

“As I look back on my personal and professional experiences, the Gospel has been the central influence in everything that I’ve done.”

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Who am I and how did God lead me to GCU?
In the fall of 1999, I resigned from my role as a senior pastor to join Motor Racing Outreach. While with MRO I served as Vice President and Lead Chaplain to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

After 12 years of ministry in the world of motor-sports, I accepted the position of University Pastor at GCU. During the summer of 2011 I was promoted to Vice-President of Student Affairs. In this new role I assumed the duties of Dean of Students in addition to the responsibilities of University Pastor.

What do I enjoy most about my role at GCU?
The opportunity to work with a young staff who love to serve students and the opportunity to engage college students on a daily basis. At this stage in my life, I absolutely love the chance to work with young leaders who are committed to grow their impact in the world and make a difference in the lives of people they serve.

How has the Gospel shaped my life?
Having not come from a Christian home it absolutely revolutionized my view of life, family, and my responsibility to the world. I had no idea how my commitment to follow Jesus as  a high school senior would radically affect every dimension of my life but as I look back on my personal and professional experiences, the Gospel has been the central influence in everything that I’ve done.