Join The Garden om Sunday, May 24th for our special guest speaker Dr. Carver McGriff.  McGriff was born in Indianapolis, graduated from Shortridge High School, served in the Army in World War Two in the 90th Infantry Division which invaded Normandy, France in 1944. Dr. McGriff received the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts for acts of heroism and also was a prisoner of war. He also received the Legion of Merit award from the French government for his service in liberating France from Nazi occupation.

After the war, Dr. McGriff received his Bachelor’s degree at Butler University, his Seminary Degree from Garrett Theological Seminary in Chicago, and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Christian Theological Seminary here in Indianapolis and has been given the outstanding alumni award from all three of those institutions.

Dr. McGriff served as Senior Pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church for 26 years building the congregation from 900 members to over 4,000 members when he retired.

Since retiring Carver has written ten books. One of the most recent is entitled MAKING SENSE OF NORMANDY with the subtitle: A Young Man’s Journey of Faith and War.

Dr. McGriff and his wife Marianne have lead several groups on tours of the Normandy shores where Allied troops invaded and liberated France and the cemeteries where American and German soldiers are buried.

Carver McGriff is married to Marianne McGriff and he has one daughter, two step-daughters, and eight grandchildren.