Pastor Robert Foote
I have been a Cornell affiliate chaplain since 1996. And I serve as a pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, located just south of the Cornell tennis and equestrian center on Honness Lane. Our congregation’s focus is on Christian education (collegiate, middle school and preschool), and refugee ministry. Trinity has also been quite involved with Feed My Starving Children, initiating the Ithaca MobilePack, in 2010. My wife Sheila and I met during my undergraduate work, at the Ohio State University. We were married during my seminary years in 1983, leaving for my vicarage (internship) in California, and returning for my fourth year at The Concordia Theological Seminary, where I received my Masters in systematic theology and wrote my thesis on the difference between Reformed and Lutheran views of baptism. Later Sheila and I both received our masters in counseling from Seton Hall University; Sheila works as a licensed mental health counselor, mostly with traumatized children, and I use my skills in pastoral counseling. The church where I first served, was in the heart of steel town, in Braddock Pennsylvania. Our preschool served younger African-American residents, and the congregation was comprised of mostly Lutherans of European descent. We also had a live radio broadcast on WORD FM. Our three children were born in Pittsburgh. Our oldest daughter Jennifer had acute cerebral palsy, and attended the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children. Jennifer was sainted in 2009, after living a joyful but physically burdened life. Our other two children Stephanie and Matthew have since graduated from college. Stephanie is married to her husband Tait, and works with special needs adults and older children. Our son Matthew is an athletic trainer at East Tennessee State University. Our congregation theme is Acts 2:42, 45a “And they continually grew stronger through devotion to the Apostles' teaching, the Fellowship, the breaking of bread, the prayers… and loving service.”Oh, and I know what it’s like to suffer, I’m a Cleveland Browns fan.Return to the Meet the Chaplains main page.