Claire Grubbs

Director at Living Hope Tanzania

Towson, Maryland

Class of 2009, Psychology and Elementary Education majors


With a background in psychology and elementary education, Grubbs is the director and founder of a ministry called Living Hope Tanzania, based in east Africa. In that position, she works with children who have albinism, because they are hunted and killed in Tanzania due to belief in witchcraft. Grubbs says she enjoys loving on them, training teachers who provide education, working to get medical care, sponsoring older teens with albinism for vocational training, and simply sitting in the dirt and playing with them.

How does your time at SPU connect to what you’re doing today?

SPU gave me the tools that I need as an educator and also helped lay the foundation for me wanting to do something big with my life, make a difference in the world, and most of all, pursue Jesus — knowing him, loving him, and being loved by him — as my ultimate purpose in life.

Which SPU faculty or staff member made a difference in your education?

There were many caring professors who invested in me and encouraged me throughout my time at SPU. One in particular who saw something special in me and helped open my eyes to the direction my life could go was Dr. Kenneth Himma.

What advice would you give to current SPU students?

Do something that challenges you and keeps you growing, thinking, and wanting more from life. Don’t settle.