St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church

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- Walter Gilkey was born and raised in Hanford, California an hour South of Fresno in the central San Joaquin Valley. His father was a paving contractor and he grew up around the paving and construction business.

- Walter graduated from High School in 1997. He worked in the family business and studied history at California State University, Fresno.

- After graduating he worked in construction and mining until 2010 when he moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana to attend Concordia Theological Seminary. He met his wife Laura at Fort Wayne. They were married in Laura's home town of Eden Prairie, Minnesota on July 20th, 2012.

- After their wedding, they moved to Neligh, Nebraska where Walter served a one year internship before returning to Fort Wayne to finish his final year of study at the seminary.

- Walter was ordained as a minister in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 and was installed as Pastor of St. John's and Immanuel Lutheran Churches.

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