Meet Our Pastor

Reverend Joseph J. Boomhower was born in California, moved from the Bay Area to Ohio; attended Girard High School.  From Ohio, he attended Wabash College, then Aberdeen University in Scotland, and the Agean Institute in Greece.  After his Bachelor’s Degree, 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; began as a Chaplain at the V.A. Highland Dr., Pgh., and started the Doctoral Program at Duquesne Univ. (ABD – all but dissertation).  From Springdale, he moved to downtown Pittsburgh, married Carol Shields; then he accepted the Chaplaincy at IUP.  While at IUP, he accepted a call from Northwest Pa. Synod to be Assistant to the Bishop in addition to his duties at the university.  In 2010, he accepted the call to come to HTLC.