Stanley J. Grenz (1950-2005) earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1973, an M.Div. from Denver Seminary in 1976 and a D.Theol. From the University of Munich (Germany) in 1978, where completed his dissertation under the supervision of Wolfhart Pannenberg. Ordained into the gospel ministry in 1976, Grenz worked within the local church context as a youth director and assistant pastor (Northwest Baptist Church, Denver), pastor (Rowandale Baptist Church, Winnipeg), and interim pastor. In addition he preached and lectured in numerous churches, colleges, universities and seminaries in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. Grenz wrote or cowrote twenty-five books, the most recent of which is (2004). His other books include (Westminster John Knox), (with John R. Franke; Westminster John Knox), (IVP), (Eerdmans), (with Denise Muir Kjesbo; IVP), (IVP), and (IVP). He has also coauthored several shorter reference and introductory books for IVP, including (with Roger E. Olson), (with Jay T. Smith), and (with David Guretzki and Cherith Fee Nordling). He contributed articles to more than two dozen other volumes, and has had published more than one hundred essays and eighty book reviews. These have appeared in journals such as and the For twelve years (1990-2002), Grenz held the position of Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College and at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. After a one-year sojourn as Distinguished Professor of Theology at Baylor University and Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas (2002-2003), he returned to Carey and resumed his duties as Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology. In 2004 he assumed an additional appointment as Professor of Theological Studies at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington.
Denise Muir Kjesbo is director of children's and family ministry at Bethel University. She has taught at North American Baptist Seminary at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, North American Baptist College in Edmonton, Alberta and Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kjesbo has been involved in children's and family ministry from small church plants to large established churches. She has been a workshop presenter for two curriculum publishing companies, trabeling throughout the United States and Canada to train and equip those serving in children's and family ministry. Kjesbo is the co-author of , as well as numerous magazine and journal articles.