Rev. Barry Keurulainen, pastor, St. Luke Lutheran Church, Cabot, will conduct the ordination and installation.
Wacker graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN this past March. He served as a vicar at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Memphis, TN and Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Oakland, TN.
Born and raised in Illinois, he attended Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park and attended Concordia Lutheran Church in Berwyn, his home congregation. He met his wife, Katherine (Katie) Sterling at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest where he majored in Graphic Arts. The couple was married in 2012 at her home congregation, St. Peter Lutheran Church in Schaumburg. The couple has a 13-month old son, Tobias (Toby).
“We are excited to move to Pennsylvania and to have this opportunity to serve as chaplain at Concordia,” said Robert. “My family looks forward to finding a church home in the greater Cabot area,” he added.
Candidate Wacker will be the fourth full-time chaplain to cover the spiritual needs of the Concordia locations in western PA in addition to three full-time deaconesses. President and CEO Keith E. Frndak said, “We are particularly blessed to welcome this servant of our Lord and hope you can join us.”