He will be replacing Garry Moes, a veteran writer who has been appointed part-time director of communications, in which capacity he will continue to serve as the seminary's public information officer.
Mr. Groff has been taking courses with GPTS as an M.Div. distance-learning student since the summer of 2015. He is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Penn., and will relocate with his family to Greenville at the end of December to take up his new role on the seminary staff.
Mr. Groff’s official start date with GPTS is January 2, 2017, at which point he will be reachable through the seminary.
A member of Crossroads Community Church (PCA) in Upper Darby, Penn., Mr. Groff says he first sensed a call to the Gospel ministry during his junior year at Temple University. After graduating from Temple with a B.A. in political science, he worked in retail sales management, information technology recruiting, and non-profit fund development while making initial preparations for pastoral ministry. He has most recently been working as development coordinator in the metro Philadelphia area for a campus ministry.
Mr. Groff says he is excited to bring his professional skills and experience to bear at GPTS while continuing his studies in a part-time capacity. He has been married to his wife Jocelyn for more than six and a half years, and they have three children.
He has this to say about the work before him:
Jocelyn and I are passionate about God’s Word, sound preaching, faithful pastoral care, and biblically grounded theology. For 500 years, the Reformed tradition has reliably produced strong leadership in all of these areas. For the last 30 years, GPTS has done the same.
Our shared excitement about this new chapter in our lives stems from a shared conviction that in the midst of a wide-reaching renewal of interest in Reformed theology, GPTS is uniquely situated to equip the next generation of theological, pastoral, and homiletical leadership for the Church. It is a unique privilege which I have been granted to advance the work of the seminary as I progress in my studies and preparation for the Gospel ministry.Mr. Groff’s other interests include spending time with his family, reading, making music, and writing. He has published articles at reformationroundtable.com, and christwardcollective.org (Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals). His paper, "Resting in the Sovereignty of God," was published by Puritan Reformed Journal and republished recently in Katekōmen.