Pastor Rob Kinnear

Here are some biographical facts. I was born in Springfield, IL and lived there until Attending College and Seminary.

My college Alma Mater is Carthage College. The original Carthage was reported to have been founded in 1847. Of course, since it originated in Illinois, some have noted an association with A. Lincoln. At the time I was accepted for admission, the college had begun the transfer from Carthage, IL to Kenosha, Wisc. The first year that the Kenosha campus was open was 1962. I along with 274 other students were the pioneer class in Wisc. In each year; ’63, and ’64 an additional class was added so that there were then 3 classes—Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior. In 1965 the students attending the Illinois campus were brought up to Kenosha and so began the closing of the Illinois campus and Carthage was once again a one campus college.

My class graduated in 1966 making us the first class to complete all four years at the Wisconsin campus. This was an historic event and I am privileged to have been a part of it.

In the Fall of 1966 I entered Seminary at Gettysburg, PA. Gettysburg Theological Seminary was founded on its current grounds in 1826. That makes Gettysburg the oldest Lutheran Seminary in the United States. There are portraits of Revolutionary War Veterans who were part of the seminary’s founding ministerium from the colonies. In addition, several of the buildings present on the Gettysburg campus when I was a student there, were there at the time of the Civil War battle of Gettysburg. There are fragments of shot buried in the walls of those buildings lodged there during the 3-day battle between between North and South fought across the Wheat Field from Seminary Ridge and Cemetery Ridge. I graduated from the seminary in 1970 and was ordained five days later (May 24, 1970) by the Illinois Synod of the LCA. My entire resident-parish-ministry has been on the territory of the Illinois Synod, LCA and the Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA. I made the transition from regularly Called positions to Intentional Interim Ministry following 36 years of ordained ministry. My training for Intentional Interim Ministry was received at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. In 2005 and 2006.

My wife Rebecca and I live in Harvard. Becky served as an Oncology Research Nurse at Swedish American Hospital until she retired from that position following Spinal Surgery 2016. We are the parents of 2 sons and 1 daughter. We are the grandparents of one granddaughter born to our daughter and her husband who live in Kenosha, WI. Our daughter Elisabeth graduated from Carthage, Kenosha 30 years to the day after her father graduated. Our son-in-law is a graduate of Carthage as well. Our granddaughter, Sara, will graduate from High School this Spring. Our two boys both have their degrees in Criminal Justice and live in Florida. Our oldest, Daniel is retired from the Champaign, IL Police Department and our youngest is an Insurance Fraud Investigator for Blue Cross Blue Shield. He is attached to the Springfield, IL Office but tele-commutes from Florida. All three of our children were born in Decatur, IL where I was the pastor of Rebecca’s home congregation—Christ Lutheran, Decatur. Becky’s mother was my organist in that parish and continues to live in Decatur.

I look forward to serving with Redeemer until a new resident pastor is called to serve with you.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Rob