Rev. Jack Gillam
August 21, 1952 – December 25, 2020
Rev. Jack Gillam was born August 21, 1952 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He attended St. John’s College, Winfield, Kansas and graduated from Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska with a BS in Elementary Education. He attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
Gillam married Linda Mueller in 1975, which blessed him with three sons: Jeremy (Angela and Evan Skalka), Jeff (Wendy and grandchildren, Ashley and Maddie), and Jason (Linsey and grandchildren, Eli and Emmy).
Along with serving as Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Grand Island, Nebraska, Gillam served at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Stuttgart, Arkansas, Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst, Nebraska, Grace Lutheran Church in Sumner, Nebraska, Zion Lutheran Church and School in St. Charles, Missouri, First Lutheran Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Concordia Lutheran College of Texas in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas, and at Idaho Youth Ranch in Rupert, Idaho.
His other ministry services included working with the Pastoral Leadership Institute, the Pastoral Leadership Institute International in Tanzania, the Lutheran Church of Tanzania mission team, Lutheran Hour Ministries mission leader in Thailand, Respite Pastor for Grace Lutheran Church in Queens Village, New York, the Texas District Youth ministry Committee, a Sunday School Convention presenter with the Deaf Ministry Committee of the Texas District, Missions Committee for the Nebraska District, Singles Ministry Committee of the Southern District, Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast District, participant in Lutheran Laymen’s League, Community Life Builder for the LCMS, participant in six National Youth Ministry Conventions, and Chaplain for the Kearney Police Department and Buffalo County Sherriff’s Departments.
Well done, good and faithful servant!
A memorial fund has been set up at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis to support second career seminarians who have a family.