Meet the VLC Senior Pastor
Rev. Dr. Robert Hartwell, MBA

hartwell bioPastor Robert Hartwell is a native of southern Indiana. Beginning his ministry as a disc jockey in Christian radio, he graduated from Cleveland State University in 1989 and earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Concordia Theological Seminary- Fort Wayne in 1993. He received a doctorate from NY Theological Seminary in 2002. In 2011, he completed a MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Management from Bay Path College.

Pastor Hartwell served his Vicarage at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, Minnesota and received his first call to Trinity Lutheran Church and School at Hicksville, NY in 1993, serving as Assistant Pastor and later, as Associate Pastor. In 1998, he received the call as Associate Pastor of Village Lutheran Church and The Chapel School. One of his many accomplishments there has been the creation of the Professional Development School's Concord of Excellence between The Chapel School and Concordia College. He was called as Senior Pastor at Village in 2003.

Pastor Hartwell has partnered with the Wartburg, Lutheran Social Services and most especially the Lutheran Counseling Center where he has served as a member of the Advisory Board and Board of Directors. In 2003 he helped open a dedicated Lutheran Counseling Center (LCC) site on the VLC campus which remains one of its most active counseling sites.

Pastor Hartwell serves as an Adjunct Professor at Concordia College in the areas of Religion, Education and Business. He has served terms as both Secretary and Regional Vice-President of the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), was the Chairperson of Grace at Ground Zero Book and Symposium (after 9/11) and the Chairperson of the Fan into Flame Appeal. Pastor Hartwell is a past board member of the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, has served on the board of the Counseling Center of Bronxville (Reformed Church) and created and co-chaired the Bronxville, Tuckahoe, and Eastchester Interfaith Council (BIC).

Rob and his wife, Sue, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Sue is a Special Education Itinerant Teacher working with children from birth to grade six. Sue and Rob are the parents of college age twins, Alexander (Pratt Institute) and Hannah (Southern New Hampshire University). Rob is an avid runner, enjoys playing baritone in the Brass Choir, and treasures daily walks with Sue.