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The Rev. Richard A. Kwiatkowski

Rev Richard A. Kwiatkowski

Pastor Richard A. Kwiatkowski is originally from Western New York. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996 from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, majoring in German and minoring in Business. In August of 1997, Pastor Kwiatkowski began his studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. During this time, he served one year of field education at Faith Lutheran Church in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, a suburban congregation. His second year of field work was at Tabernacle Lutheran Church in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an urban congregation. His internship was served at Advent Lutheran Church in West Lawn, Pennsylvania. Pastor Kwiatkowski graduated from seminary in May 2001 with a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree.

While awaiting call, Pastor Kwiatkowski assisted with a summer inner-city day camp at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Buffalo, New York and served as Vacancy Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Elma, New York.

Pastor Kwiatkowski received a call to serve as Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in North Boston, New York in June 2002. He served this congregation until November 2014. For a couple of years, while serving as the pastor of Good Shepherd, he also served as the part-time Chaplain for the Niagara Lutheran Health System in Western New York. As Chaplain, he provided pastoral care, on two campuses, to residents of two nursing homes, two assisted living facilities, and a senior’s residence.

Pastor Kwiatkowski began his Master of Theology studies at Trinity College (University of Toronto), an affiliate of the Toronto School of Theology in 2008. He received his Master of Theology (ThM) degree in May 2015.

While in Toronto for his studies, he met his partner, Charles, in October 2010. Pastor Kwiatkowski and Charles were married in October 2015. Pastor Kwiatkowski and his husband Charles have been foster parents since December 2011. They have fostered eight children since becoming foster parents. Two of their former foster children, who are now young adults, have become their sons.

In December 2014, Pastor Kwiatkowski was appointed as Interim Pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Toronto. His service to First Evangelical Lutheran Church concluded at the end of July 2016. During the summer of 2016, the congregation voted to call him to be our pastor. He began his ministry with us in September 2016.

Latest from Pastor’s Blog

Liberated by God’s Grace

“Liberated by God’s Grace…to be neighbour.”  That was the theme of our Eastern Synod Assembly that was held in Toronto from June 21st to June 24th.  Before I share with you what happened at this event, it might be helpful for me to explain what a synod is and what a...

Our Ministry Story, 2018, prepared by our Synod

Seeking Unity [Effective partnerships] Thousands of people in the Synod attended Reformation commemoration services in local communities across the Synod in 2017. “I was astonished at all the work and efforts of the Ministry Area Leaders and other volunteers who...

What is our Pastor’s role in administration?

One of my least favourite tasks as a pastor is administration, however it is a necessary component of pastoral ministry.  For a congregation to fulfill its mission, there needs to be order and records.  At the end of the previous year, Grace’s long-time secretary,...

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