Vacancy Pastor: Rev. Patrick Runk

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Pastor Runk is 54 years old, married to Kimberly.  They have two children, Christina, 27 and Alexander, 24.  Pastor and Kimberly enjoy taking hikes, walking the beach or creek walking, fishing, gardening and camping.  Pastor Runk and his wife attended Middlesex Community College and Fitchburg State College, both located outside of Boston.  Pastor graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 2007.  Kimberly attended Covenant Seminary where she earned a Masters of Arts in Counseling and a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies.

After a number of years as a sole pastor in church ministry, Pastor Runk received a chaplain call to Pittsburgh covering five Concordia assisted-living faculties.  There, he could use his clinical pastoral education expertise in a Lutheran setting.  It was also during this time he served as a vacancy pastor, for a year, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh.  During this time, church ministry was deeply missed, and while St. John’s filled this void for church ministry, Pastor Runk longed to be back full-time in this role as a sole pastor.  Also, at this time, Kimberly’s dad was put on hospice care in Florida where it became necessary that they relocate to Florida to support her mom and dad.  While in Florida, Pastor Runk assisted Pastor Sizemore at Trinity Lutheran Church in Holly Hill, Florida. In February 2020, Kimberly’s mom passed and they decided to move home to New England where their entire extended family resides.  The Runk’s are very mission minded, both local and abroad (Guatemala and Ghana), having participated in mission trips, bringing youth to Christian music festivals, and participating in local events.  The Runk family lives in Townsend, MA while they await a full-time ministry call.