Welcome on board, Reverend Dr. Melvin L. Grimes!
"I joined the ministry to help carry the message into the community more about the alternatives to abortion and also to help younger couples and younger ladies deal with the mountain of parenthood when they don't really understand it at an early age. And I want to help young men because it seems to me there's a shortage of men who are willing to mentor young men and help them to become productive and responsible."
Grimes’ Early Tie to Pregnancy Resources
In our ministry's very infancy (back when we were still the “Crisis Pregnancy Center of the Greater Quad Cities”), Rev. Grimes and his father Rev. Williams Grimes (then the pastor of Second Baptist Church in Rock Island) attended a meeting about reaching abortion-vulnerable girls in our community. Dr. Grimes has long had a heart for reaching young men and women with God's truth.
“I'm old school. A lot of the things that younger men are exposed to as they're thinking about life and setting goals are different now. But when we go back to Scripture, all of us are called to the same standard to be Godly men. I want to share that with these young men.”
Dr. Grives grew up the Quad Cities and graduated Rock Island High School in 1970. After moving to Waterloo, IA in 1979, Dr. Grimes thought he was gone for good. “Once I left, I fully intended to finish my career elsewhere. I never really intended to come back to the community. Seriously.” But apparently God had other plans. It was Grimes’ father who encouraged Grimes to come back to pastor in the area. “The Lord is the one who brought me back home. I fasted and prayed and the rest is history.”
Reverend Dr. Grimes is now in his 22nd year at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Moline, IL. “I’ve seen so many lives that have changed and so many of our members have matured. I’ve seen children who came as infants and have grown into young men and young women.”
Dr. Grimes’ Education & Honors
* Pastor Grimes received his Masters of Divinity and his Doctorate of Ministry from Grace Valley Theological Seminary in Edinburgh, TX
* Grimes serves as a part of the Christian Educations Staff for the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education
* Church Women United awarded Dr. Grimes the Humanitarian of the Year Award in April 2009
* The Rock Island County NAACP awarded Dr. Grimes the Image Award in Religion in June 2010
Dr. Grimes' favorite part about living in the Quad Cities?
Spending time with his grandkids, of course! His daughter (Melissa) and two granddaughters (Mehkia and Cadence) are the apple of his eye.