An historic event for Concordia, the installation was conducted by the president of the Eastern District of the Lutheran Church –Missouri Synod Rev. Dr. Chris Wicher. “Never before in our 135-year history has Concordia been blessed to install both a chaplain and a deaconess at the same time,” said Director of Chaplaincy Services Rev. Jack Hartman. “The fact that they are a husband and wife team adds to the historical significance,” he added.
Both began their duties at Concordia in December to support the efforts of Concordia’s Chaplaincy Services staff. Originally from Michigan, Rev. Voorman graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1983 and has been serving as Senior Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska since 1996. He is a pianist and has collected various puppets he uses for a ministry. Deaconess Pam earned her certification in 2012 from Fort Wayne. She has served in community outreach, Stephen Ministry and the Lutheran Church Charities Comfort dog ministry. A graduate of Concordia College Ann Arbor in 1980, she majored in theology and met her husband there.
Their son Rev. James Leonard Voorman was guest preacher at the service.
“Our welcome here at Concordia is unmatched,” said Rev. Voorman. “The staff and residents have been the most gracious we have ever known,” added Deaconess Pam.
The addition of Rev. Voorman and Deaconess Voorman brings the full-time staff to eight for coverage of the spiritual needs of the 15 Concordia locations in western PA. Rev. Voorman is the dedicated chaplain for Concordia’s Good Samaritan Hospice.
Frndak noted, “We are particularly blessed to welcome these servants of our Lord and pray on behalf of their efforts.”