Another week, another arrest of a man with a ministerial past on a sex-crime beef. Mere days after disgraced ex-priest Daniel Drinan was charged with pleasuring himself on a plane, David Grosse, a retired Air Force chaplain, has been arrested for suspected sexual assault against four victims and maybe more -- a startling development for a man who's written numerous books on faith during what appears to have been a distinguished career.
A lengthy bio of Grosse, 78, appears in "Exploring Chaplaincy Ministry," a 2006 student guide affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City, Missouri. It documents his education, his assorted ministries, numerous awards and several books he's written, including one about the trials of Job. Here's the portion of the guide focusing on Grosse:
The principal contributor for this course is Chaplain David Grosse, Colonel, United States Air Force (Retired). Chaplain Grosse received the Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Nazarene College, the Masters of Religious Education from Yale University, the Masters of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary, completed all academic requirements (dissertation pending) for the Doctor of Education degree at Boston University, and is a graduate of the Air War College.
In 1962 Chaplain Grosse was ordained a minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He pastored churches in Connecticut, Kansas, California, and Wyoming and served as District Secretary for the Rocky Mountain District from 1963 through 1966. Chaplain Grosse was a charter member of, and helped conceptualize, organize and inaugurate, the Chaplain Advisory Council, on which he served from 1973 until 2000. In 2001 Eastern Nazarene College honored Chaplain Grosse as its Alumnus of the Year.
Chaplain Grosse's published writings include Now That You're in the Military, 1977; Perspectives: A Guide to Educational Ministry, U.S. 1977; CARE: Chapel Adult Religious Education, 1980; Job: The Trial and Triumph of Faith, 1986; and has written articles and reviews in more than twenty journals and magazines.
Commissioned a chaplain in the Air Force in 1964, Chaplain Grosse's military assignments have included: several states in The United States, Japan, and Korea. In 1991 Chaplain Grosse was assigned as Alaska Air Command Chaplain and Senior (Staff) Chaplain, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. He was honorably retired from the Air Force in the rank of Colonel in 1993, receiving his second award of the Legion of Merit. His major military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
Upon retirement from the Air Force Chaplain Grosse became a consultant in adult education for Headquarters, Church of the Nazarene, and was appointed Director of Chaplaincy Education at Nazarene Theological Seminary until 1999. Chaplain Grosse developed the curriculum for the two chaplaincy courses currently taught at the Seminary.
Chaplain Grosse, now retired, resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife, the former Donna Webb of Akron, Ohio. They have four sons --Tim, Jeff, Jay, and Curt; a daughter, Glenda; and twelve grandchildren.
This portrait of Grosse contrasts sharply with the one offered by the Colorado Springs Police Department.
On July 3, according to the CSPD, detectives were told about an alleged sexual assault case. The Colorado Springs Gazette notes that it involved reported abuse that took place in 2002, when the victim was younger than age fifteen.
After looking into this incident, detectives determined that there were at least four victims total, the CSPD maintains. Hence, the arrest of Grosse yesterday, as well as a request for anyone who knows about others he may have abused to come forward. Such folks are encouraged to phone the police at 719-444-7000 or Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers, 719-634-STOP (7867).
Here's the aforementioned student ministry guide.
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