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Rev. Dr. John C. Wohlrabe Jr.

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Second Vice President

Phone: (314) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Milwaukee , Wisconsin , United States
1333 S Kirkwood Road
St. Louis , Missouri 63122
United States

Company Description: The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. Founded in 1847,...   more

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Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Concordia College
  • Concordia Seminary
  • Navy Chaplain School at Newport , Rhode Island
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Nominees | 2013 LCMS Convention - The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, 22 Oct 2014 [cached]
John C. Wohlrabe, Jr.
John C. Wohlrabe, Jr.
Concordia Lutheran Church, 4 May 2010 [cached]
Dr. John Wohlrabe was born in 1953 at Mankato, MN, Pastor John C. Wohlrabe, Jr. is the firstborn and only son of John and Lillian Wohlrabe, with four younger sisters following.
Following his discharge from active duty in 1976, John continued his education at Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 with a General Science major and Religious Studies minor.
He then attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. His vicarage was spent at Zion Lutheran Church, Anchorage, Alaska (1979-80), where he also met and married his wife, Julie Ann nee Schulz Wohlrabe. John and Julie have since been blessed with three children: Greta, John III, and Nathan. He completed the Master of Divinity degree in spring of 1981 and the Master of Sacred Theology degree in May 1982. Throughout this time, John continued to serve as an enlisted Naval Reservist.
The rite of Ordination for Pastor Wohlrabe was May 9, 1982 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Mankato, MN. After attending Navy Chaplain School at Newport, Rhode Island during the summer of 1982, he was installed as pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Fort Lupton, Colorado in August of that year. While living in Colorado, Pastor Wohlrabe also continued post graduate study at the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology and served as a Naval Reserve Chaplain.
In September 1984, Pastor Wohlrabe returned to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, having received the Walther Faculty Development Fellowship. In addition to his studies, he was a Guest Instructor at the seminary, a Naval Reserve Chaplain, and 1986-87 he was Assistant Director of Concordia Historical Institute. He was awarded the Doctor of Theology degree in May 1987, with a major in Historical Theology and a minor in Systematic Theology.
On August 7, 1987, Chaplain Wohlrabe returned to active service in the United States Navy. Tours of duty included: Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FORTY (1987-90), Naval Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme, CA (1990-92), Naval Facility, Brawdy, Wales, United Kingdom (1992-95), Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL (1995-98), USS BLUE RIDGE/Commander SEVENTH Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan (1998-2001), Naval Air Station, Brunswick, ME (2001-2004), Naval Construction Force and FIRST Naval Construction Division, Norfolk, VA (2005-2007), and Naval District Washington, D.C. (2007-2009). Chaplain Wohlrabe retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Captain with over 35 years of active and reserve service.
Elected Third Vice President of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in July 2007, Pastor Wohlrabe continues to serve in this part time position. He received the call to serve Concordia Lutheran Church, Geneseo, IL in January 2009.
By Chaplain (Capt.) John ..., 12 Feb 2009 [cached]
By Chaplain (Capt.) John Wohlrabe
In the Gospel of John (3:16), we are told that Jesus himself is God's expression of love for a fallen, broken world.
Dr. John C. Wohlrabe, ..., 11 May 2011 [cached]
Dr. John C. Wohlrabe, Jr.
Dr. John C. Wohlrabe Jr. is serving as second vice-president, and member of the Praesidium, of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), a position to which he was elected to in 2010. He is the pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo, Ill.
Previously, Wohlrabe served as third vice-president of the LCMS (2007-2010). He also was regional chaplain for Naval District Washington (2007 to 2009). He retired with the rank of captain in May 2009, having been an active duty U.S. Navy chaplain for 22 years. Prior to that, he was in the Naval Reserves and served as an enlisted sailor on active duty. His tours of duty in the Navy included the USS John F. Kennedy (1973 to 1976); various Naval Reserve units (1976 to 1987); Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FORTY (1987 to 1990); Naval Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme, Calif. (1990 to 1992); Naval Facility Brawdy, Wales, U. K. (1992 to 1995); Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill., (1995 to 1998); USS Blue Ridge and Commander SEVENTH Fleet (1998 to 2001); Naval Air Station, Brunswick, Maine (2001 to 2004); and First Naval Construction Division and Naval Construction Force (2005 to 2007). He has received numerous military awards.
Also, Wohlrabe served as pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Fort Lupton, Colo. (1982 to 1984); guest instructor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1984 to 1986); and assistant director of the Concordia Historical Institute in St. Louis (1986 to 1987).
A native of Mankato, Minn., Wohlrabe received a bachelor's degree from Concordia College, Ann Arbor in 1978. He also received a Master of Divinity degree in 1981, Master of Sacred Theology degree in 1982, and Doctor of Theology degree in 1987, all from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He has published numerous articles for theological journals, church and military publications, and books including Ministry in Missouri (1992) and "Walther's Doctrine of the Ministry: A Distinctly Mediating Position," Soli Deo Gloria: Essays on C.F.W. Walther in Memory of August R. Suelflow (2000).
Wohlrabe and his wife, Julie, live in Geneseo, Ill.
HIS† CHURCH, OUR SYNOD, 1 Dec 2000 [cached]
An article appeared recently in the Concordia Theological Quarterly titled "Needed: A Paradigm Shift in Missouri's Mission Outlook" by LC-MS Chaplain John C. Wohlrabe Jr., Commander, Chaplain Corps, United States Navy.Reading through his article I was quickly struck by the relevance of it to what is presented above.
Commander Wohlrabe attended an annual Lutheran chaplains conference in 1992.Excerpts from his article are offered here.
He writes: "Such conferences are conducted annually as a joint endeavor between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.Sponsorship of these conferences alternates between the two church bodies.
John C. Wohlrabe Jr.
Commander, Chaplain Corps
United States Navy
Commander Wohlrabe addresses numerous important issues here, and he provides much pertinent information.His reactions and conclusions are cerainly appropriate.More on the topic, Military Chaplaincy, will appear in a future column, but I think readers will readily see the connection with the previous five-part article.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.John 8:32
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