Dr. Martin Grypma
Martin is a man of many talents and an avid supporter and fan of Trinity Western University and the TWU Spartans. Outside of his love for God and his family, he has passionately served in the medical field, leadership and music. In 1989 Martin married his wife, Sonya, and moved to Lethbridge in ‘91 where they began to raise their family. Since becoming an orthopedic surgeon and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada) in 1990, Martin has performed several thousand hip and knee replacements. He spent 16 years as a surgeon in Lethbridge, including reconstructive surgery and taking trauma calls within a vast area of Alberta and Saskatchewan. During his practice in Alberta he also served as President of the Chinook Physicians’ Association for Southern Alberta for a one (1) year term and Chief of Surgery for a three (3) year term. While in Lethbridge, Martin and his family were active in their local church where he served as a Chair of Counsel, Administrative Elder, played the piano and trumpet, and also led their youth worship team. Martin’s surgical skills allowed him the opportunity to also do work overseas in Africa, Japan and China. In 2006 Sonya joined Martin leading a group of 18 nurses and surgeons in a successful missions outreach to Henan, China. A year later in 2007, Martin & Sonya chose to move their family to Langley, BC after Sonya was offered a position at Trinity Western University where she is currently Dean and Professor of Nursing. Janessa, their daughter, graduated in 2015 completing her fifth year in the Education program and their son Mike, who was a member of the Spartan men’s volleyball team, and graduated in 2017 completing his fifth year in Kinesiology at TWU. Between 2007 and 2010 Martin continued as a trauma surgeon at Abbotsford and Peach Arch. He has now retired his position as a surgeon and focuses his attention on disability and injury assessment for insurance claims. Aside from still using his musical gifts in his local church, he is part of the CRC Sierra Leone partnership through churches of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia where the focus is to help rebuild a country devastated by war, famine and recently Ebola. Martin loves life and within the last eight (8) years has pursued a dream to become a pilot. He enjoys flying and photographing the beauty of his surroundings. He also enjoys water-skiing, snow skiing, hiking, running, rowing, kayaking and yes … he is the gentleman often playing our National Anthem at the Spartan games and blowing his horn in the stands.