Chaplain (LTC) Gregory C. Moser

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Born: December 09, 1964

Died: December 24, 2016

Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Lutheran Church of the Master, 580 Kuhn Rd., Carol Stream, IL. Interment St. Peter's Cemetery.

Visitation: 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Ahlgrim Funeral Home, 567 S. Spring Rd., Elmhurst, IL.

Pastor Greg Moser was born in Jamestown, ND and grew up in Coon Rapids, MN. He graduated from Coon Rapids Senior High in 1983, St. Olaf College in 1987, and the Lutheran School of Theology in 1991. Formative events in his life include becoming an Eagle Scout, participation in church youth group, football, and debate. During his senior year of college, he traveled to and studied in Columbia, Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica for one semester.

Greg began his preparation for pastoral ministry at the Lutheran School of Theology in 1987. He did his contextual education at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Downers Grove, IL. He completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud, MN. St. John’s Lutheran Church in Madison, WI was his internship site. Greg served as youth director at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit during his senior year of seminary. In August of 1991 he was ordained to the Office of Word and Sacrament Ministry by Bishop Sherman Hicks at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Waukegan, IL.

Congregational Calls:
◾Associate Pastor, Trinity Lutheran, Ingleside, IL. 1991 – 1994. Primary responsibilities focused on confirmation, youth, pastoral care, and preaching.
◾Associate Pastor, First Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD. 1994-2000. Here he served as youth and family Pastor. This included ministry to nearly 1000 young people and their families.
◾Pastor, United in Faith Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL. 2000 to 2013. The initial responsibility in this urban setting focused on creating a new vision for eight congregations that merged to form this new congregation. During this time the most public ministry associated with United in Faith was the food pantry which grew from serving 1,000 meals a year to nearly 30,000.
◾Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Master, Carol Stream IL. 2013 to Present. His primary focus is helping this suburban congregation renew in ministry and grow in its relationship with the community.

Highlights of his 25 years of pastoral ministry include on-going work in support of community food pantries; various activities in support of Missional Ecumenism with the ACT3 Network; a year-long leadership development program sponsored by Bishop Wayne Miller, Metro Chicago Synod on Exponential Leadership; the supervision of Pastoral Interns from the Lutheran School of Theology while serving at United in Faith. Earlier in ministry he served on the Board of Trustees for the Augsburg Fortress Publishing ministry of the ELCA 2000-2005. In terms of the numbers over the 25 years: Over 250 funerals, 250 weddings, 300 baptisms, helped to prepare nearly 1,000 youth for the Rite of Confirmation, 2,290 sermons and approximately 4,000 worship services.

Chaplain (LTC) Moser began his military service in 1999 with a direct commission to serve as a Chaplain. He graduated from Chaplain Officer Basic School in 2003. He mobilized with the 1-131 Infantry in Support of Operation Iraqi freedom in 2004- 2005 at Fort Polk, LA. In 2005 he was trained as a trainer to intervene in the prevention of suicide. He graduated from the Captain Career Course in 2007. In 2007 he attended the Combat Medical Ministry Course and the Combat Operation and Stress Control Course. In 2008- 2009 he deployed to Afghanistan with the 33rd IBCT as part of Taskforce Phoenix to Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2010 and 2011 he completed studies in Preaching at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. In 2013 he completed a second year-long extended unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. After two years of work he graduated from the Command and General College, ILE Common Core in 2015. CH Moser was promoted to LTC in 2016. His awards include 4 Meritorious Service Medals and the Army Commendation Medal. In the course of his service, he has provided pastoral care to over 2000 uniformed personnel.

Military Assignments
◾Brigade Chaplain, 108th Sustainment Brigade, Illinois Army National Guard. 2005-2008
◾Chaplain, ARSIC-Kabul, Afghanistan: Taskforce Phoenix VIII. 2008-2009
◾Brigade Chaplain, 33rd IBCT, Illinois Army National Guard. 2010-2013
◾Deputy Command Chaplain, Illinois Joint Forces Headquarters. 2013-2014
◾Brigade Chaplain, 108th Sustainment Brigade, Illinois Army National Guard. 2015-Present

Greg is survived by his wife, Reverend Jennifer S. Moser. She is the Associate Pastor at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Elmhurst, IL. Greg and Jennifer were married October 2010. In addition to keeping up with their very active toddler, they enjoy walking their dogs Baylee and Scout, traveling, and gardening.

He is also survived by his children: Matthew who is a graduate of Concordia University, River Forest and is employed as a Lab Tech at US Gypsum; Rachel who is a student at the University of Minnesota; Karl who is employed by UPS; and William Gregory who at age three was early entranced to Penn State University at State College. His parents, Stephen and Dorothy Moser, sister, Stephanie (John) Nelson, niece, Sarah Nelson and nephew, Tyler Nelson, survive him as well.

In June of 2016 Greg was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma, a form of Lung Cancer. He passed away December 24, 2016.

Memorials: Memorials will be appreciated for the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the charity of your choice.