Bishop Erik K. J. Gronberg was elected by the Northern-Texas Northern Louisiana Synod/Mission Area in April of 2016. Prior to his election, he had served as Lead Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Worth since 2010. He was senior pastor of Dr. Martin Luther Church in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, from 2005 to 2010.
He was born in Austin, Texas, to the Rev. Karl Gronberg and Dr. Sharon Gronberg. He graduated from John H. Reagan High School in 1995 and matriculated at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At Harvard, he was a letterman on the Football team (1997 Ivy League champions) and an active participant in Lutheran Campus Ministry. In 1999, he received his Bachelor degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy. Post-graduation, he worked as a consultant in the municipal bond market assisting municipal governments, hospitals, and universities structure and re-structure multi-million dollar debt financings.
Bishop Gronberg graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2005 with a Master of Divinity and was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He earned a PhD in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University in 2017. His area of academic interest is adaptive leadership in crisis. He currently lives in Fort Worth with his wife, the Rev. Kendra Mohn (Lead Pastor, Trinity, Fort Worth), whom he met at Luther Seminary. They have three children: Annika, Greta, and Axel.