Rev. Kenneth G. Hacker will celebrate 35 years of ordained ministry on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 121 S. College St., Newcomerstown.
Rev. Hacker will preside at Holy Communion. A fellowship dinner will follow. Bishop Abraham Allende from the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be preaching.
Hacker was born and raised in Ambridge, Pa. He attended Capital University in Columbus, graduating in 1976. He married the former Joy Kearns that same year. He Graduated in June 1980 from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus. He was ordained on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1980, at St. John Lutheran Church in Ambridge by the Rev L. L. Haseley. Pastor Haseley had baptized, confirmed, and married Hacker.
Hacker served Seminary internship in 1978 and 1979 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Imlay City, Mich. His first Call was to Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Eastmont and East Pittsburgh. He has also served St. Jacob Lutheran Church, Massillon; St. Paul Lutheran Church, Massillon; Zion Lutheran Church, Canton; St. James Lutheran Church, Tuscarawas; St. Peter Lutheran Church, New Philadelphia; and St. John Lutheran Church, Petersburg.
Pastor Hacker came to Newcomerstown in January 2009. He has served as secretary of the Newcomerstown Bicentennial Committee. He is past president of the Newcomerstown Rotary, vice president of the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce, and is active with the Newcomerstown Ministers Association. He chaired the First Night Newcomerstown celebration in 2013 and 2014 as part of the bicentennial celebration. St. Paul congregation hosts many community events including the Lent Lunch Series, the Advent Breakfast, and Baccalaureate Service.
Rev. Hacker has two adult children, Paul and wife Netanya Hacker, North Hollywood, Calif., and Matthew aboard the Norwegian Escape sailing out of Miami, Fla. His wife, Joy, is a CPA and does Accounting for the three Lutheran Synods in Ohio.