The Rev. Dr. Cory J. Rajek was installed as Senior Pastor at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pierre, on Sunday, February 12, 2017, in a 4 p.m. service. Rev. Rajek’s seminary classmate, The Rev. Dr. Michael Kumm, pastor of Holy Cross-Dakota Dunes and chairman of the Synod’s Board of Directors, was the preacher for the service, while Faith’s Associate Pastor, The Rev. Joshua Baumann, was the liturgist, and fellow Circuit C pastors, Rev. Ben Theiss and Rev. Adam Welton, served as lectors. District President, Rev. Scott Sailer, was the installer.
Rev. Rajek is a native of Merrill, WI, and is a 2001 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. His installation as Senior Pastor means a return to Faith-Pierre, as he also served his vicarage at Faith in 1999- 2000. Rajek earned a Ph.D in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee) in 2014.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up