You therefore, beloved...take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:17-18)
The Rev. Walter D. Otten was called to serve as pastor of Immanuel in June 2011. Prior to accepting the call to shepherd the flock at Immanuel, Pastor Otten has had a long and distinguished career serving Our Lord in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
Pastor Otten served his vicarage at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Monticello, Indiana. His first call was to serve as the pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Delhi, Ontario, Canada in 1959. While in Canada, Pastor Otten served as the district pastoral adviser for the Ontario District Walther League.
In 1962 Pastor Otten was called to serve St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Brookfield, IL. He served at St. Paul's from 1962 - 2005. After retiring from St. Paul's in 2005, Pastor Otten has served at Good Shepherd/Our Redeemer as guest preacher and visitation pastor.
In 1965 Pastor Otten married Ruth Reinkin. The Lord has blessed their union with five children: Hans, Erik, Kurt, Elise, and Rolf. The Ottens are also the proud grandparents of eleven grandchildren.
The congregation of Immanuel is excited to welcome Pastor and Mrs. Otten into their family, and is thankful to God that He has provided them with a Shepherd to feed them with God's Word and Sacraments as they begin their next 100 years of proclaiming Christ's Gospel in Hodgkins.
P.S. - Many thanks to all of the clergy who participated in the rite of installation. I regret that I did not get all your names to post in the caption of the photo. I will remedy that as soon as possible.