Lyndsay Grimm


Lyndsay Grimm

Director of Residence Life


Lyndsay joined the Messiah University family in July 2017


Ten Fun Facts About Lyndsay:

Hometown: Batavia, NY

College and Graduate School: B.A. in Psychology from Roberts Wesleyan College; M.A. in Higher Education/Student Affairs from Geneva College

Tell us about your family: I married my husband, Andy, in 2007.  In addition to being my favorite person to spend time with and someone who daily reflects Christ, he is a social worker and currently works at the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center.  We have two daughters, Parker Penny and Ada Lynn, who are a joy and bring so much adventure to our lives.  We enjoy camping, going on walks, and attending anything at Messiah together as a family.

Favorite activities: Exploring towns and cities, hiking and backpacking with family or friends, baking, crafting, supporting small businesses.

Favorite color: Yellow

Why did you come to Messiah? I aspired to be a Director of Residence Life for pretty much my entire seven years as a Residence Director (at Geneva and Westmont Colleges).  While in graduate school, I had the opportunity to take a Residence Life course co-taught by the Vice Provost and a former Director of Residence Life at Messiah.  I fell in love with Messiah’s intentionality in their approach to educating students in all facets of their college experience and knew I wanted to work here one day if the opportunity ever presented itself.  Eight years later, it happened and I am so grateful to be here!  Messiah students and staff are a wonderful blend of fun, thoughtful, hospitable, and engaging.  It is a true joy to work alongside students and staff in my everyday job.

What are some unique life experiences you have had? 

My top three are:

1. I had the opportunity in 2014 to go backpacking in Patagonia (Chile & Argentina) with my husband.  It was so beautiful and the adventure of a lifetime.

2. I participated in a semester abroad (Latin American Studies Program) while in college and had the opportunity to live with a host family in Nicaragua in a very remote location (accessed by canoe and horseback).  They had no electricity or running water and I had the opportunity to milk a cow by hand and catch a chicken for dinner.

3.  When my husband and I moved to California after I completed graduate school, we took 33 days to move and backpacked across the country.  It was so much fun and unforgettable.

Favorite Bible verse:   "Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” Psalm 68:19

What are some impactful books you’ve read? A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser and Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning

What are some other fun facts about you?  I grew up a pastor’s kid. I have a very large extended family.  I have more than 40 first cousins.  I am a die-hard Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres fan.  I really enjoy farm-to-table restaurants. I play the cello, and especially enjoy playing in church. Having deep conversations with others is very life-giving. 


Contact Information:

Lyndsay Grimm
Director of Residence Life
Messiah University
One University Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Tel.: (717) 796-5239
Fax: (717) 691-2367


Office Hours:

Monday - Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
**By Appointment