Bethany College Announces Grimes Lecture Series

BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Alumni Council Board of Directors has established the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series, honoring the inspirational professor who taught Bethany students for 39 years. A 1964 graduate of Bethany, Dr. Grimes is currently the Director of Church Relations, Dean of Buffalo Seminary and Professor of English Emeritus.

This new campus-wide, interdisciplinary speaker series will engage Bethany students and the community at a personal level, by featuring leaders, writers and thinkers, many of whom will be published authors who challenge the audience to consider new perspectives about their education and the world.grimes.jpg

Designed to coincide with Bethany College’s 175th anniversary, the Grimes Lecture Series kicks off in 2014 with Dr. Grimes presenting his forthcoming book “Hemingway, Cuba, and the Cuban Works.” The series will then continue with a new interesting and compelling speaker each year.

To assist with the fundraising effort to fully endow the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series, please consider contributing by visiting Please be sure to indicate that your gift is for the Grimes Fund. Additional questions can be addressed to the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at 304-829-7299.

Grimes is an internationally known Hemingway scholar and a published poet. An ordained minister in the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Grimes served as pastor of Community Christian Church for 15 years. He is the Moderator of the Christian Church (DOC) in West Virginia and serves on its Commission on the Ministry. As Dean of Buffalo Seminary, he coordinates year-round continuing education programs for clergy and laity. He also serves on the West Virginia Humanities Council.

For the past 43 years, Dr. Grimes has lived in the same home in Bethany with his wife, Carol Duecker Grimes, a 1966 Bethany graduate.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.