Date(s) - 04/21/2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
We are pleased to welcome The Rev. Dr. Roy Almquist
A native of northern New Jersey, Pastor Roy Almquist served Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, New Milford, and Zion Lutheran Church, Saddle River, both in New Jersey, before moving to West Chester, PA in 1984 to accept the call to the position as Senior Pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church.
While at Zion, the Almquist family had such a positive impact on the community. In 1975 he was the driving force behind the sponsorship of the Khieu family,
a Vietnamese refugee family of seven, who lost everything during the Vietnam Conflict. The congregation provided housing in nearby Ramsey and found jobs for both parents at The Valley Hospital. This outreach program forever changed the lives of so many. To this day the relationship is still strong and unbroken.
To his acclaim, he served for twelve years as the Bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a jurisdiction that included 175 congregations in the greater Philadelphia area.
After concluding that responsibility he returned to congregational ministry, as Interim Rector at St. Peter’s Church (2006-2008), and as Interim Rector and then as Priest-in-Charge at Washington Memorial Chapel (2008-2018).
On January 31, 2018, Pastor Almquist retired after serving eight and a half years at historic Washington Memorial Chapel, an Episcopal congregation, located in Valley Forge, PA. He and his wife Shannon live in Shannondell at Valley Forge and have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.