Cheri Grizzard

Cheri grew up in southern Indiana and Western Kentucky, one of five children. She earned a B.A. in Music from the University of Kentucky, an M.M. from the University of Maryland, and an M.Div. from Northern Baptist Seminary; she was ordained in 1990.

Cheri has done music and pastoral ministry in several churches throughout her career, and she enjoys directing choirs, preaching, and designing and leading people in meaningful worship. Her husband Bob, a pastoral counselor with BroMenn Healthcare, died in 2011, a few months shy of their 40th anniversary. She has three wonderful sons and three grandchildren.


What's one of your favorite Scriptures or Bible stories and why?

One of my favorite Scripture narratives is Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian, where it becomes clear that the kingdom of God is wide open to all. A favorite verse is Isaiah 55:11, which promises that God’s word will accomplish what it sets out to do.

Describe your "perfect" day.

A perfect day is any day when I’m together with interesting people I care about, no matter the weather or program. It might involve some Scrabble.

What are your top three favorite books or movies?

A book that really touched me was A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers. I enjoy anything by Donald Miller, Anne Lamott, or Frederick Buechner. I usually tend toward smart comedies at the movies, but I was moved by Selma and The Iron Lady.

What's your favorite family tradition?

A new favorite family tradition is playing the game Pandemic, where we all work together to save the world from outbreaks of deadly diseases.

If you could have dinner with anyone (past, present, or future), who would it be and why?

Since the question includes “future,” I’d love to have dinner with my grandchildren as adults, to see what they’ve become.