Joseph boonhowerRev. Joseph J. Boomhower ’81 recently sent this link to his thoughts expressed about “education instead of training” during his Chaplaincy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania a few years ago.

Joe was a Religion major at Wabash, and studied at Aberdeen University in Scotland and then at the Agean Institute in Greece.  After Wabash, he attended the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia and the Goethe Institute in Gottingen, Germany.  In 1986, he was ordained into St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Springdale, PA; began as a Chaplain at the V.A. Highland Dr., Pittsburgh; and started the Doctoral Program at Duquesne University.  From Springdale, he moved to downtown Pittsburgh and accepted the Chaplaincy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  While at IUP, he accepted a call from the Northwest Pennsylvania Synod to be Assistant to the Bishop, in addition to his duties at IUP.  In 2010, he accepted the call to be the pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicora, PA.

Thanks for the thoughts and update, Joe!


Photo courtesy of IUP.