BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Robert Hartwell, the senior pastor at the Village Lutheran Church in Bronxville has been busy benefitting the community from both inside and outside the church.
The senior pastor – who ran the Long Island Half Marathon to raise funds for a group at Concordia College – was recently recognized by the Members of the Society of the National Shrine of the Bill of Rights at the historic Saint Paul’s Church in Mount Vernon.
The presentation in Mount Vernon marked the 250th anniversary of the church, emphasizing the connection of the church and community to the creation of the Bill of Rights.
At the event, Hartwell said that St. Paul’s is unique because it displays “historic truth” through text, the pulpit, bells, church graveyard and steeple.
“The United States emerged from people and communities that were often marked by great faith and moral structure,” Hartwell said. “The very ideals of liberty and rights are centered in the ethos of faith. These are enduring signs of the historical faith and civic engagement of our community.”
Hartwell also put months of training to good use at the Long Island Half Marathon, where he was raising awareness for Concordia students that will be travelling to India in the summer. The pastor is an adjunct professor of religion, English and business at the college.
“It was a pleasure to take each step of the run, knowing I was helping a wonderful group of students make the even longer journey to India,” he said. “The students will not only experience India and grow to understand the beauty and challenges of the nation, but will also serve as missionaries sharing the love of God through acts of service.”
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