St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church
In Memorium - Rev. Dr. Bob Hildebrandt
Pastor Bob was pastor of St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Metairie for 30 years. He became Pastor Emeritus when he retired after 30 years of faithful service. He continued to serve as a supply pastor to other churches and assignments from the bishop when needed after his retirement.
Pastor Bob was born in Chicago where he became a life-long fan of the Cubs. He spent his youth in Wisconsin and Iowa and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He graduated with a BA from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and he earned his Masters of Divinity from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He then joined the Iowa National Guard as their chaplain while serving churches in Waterloo, Iowa. A short time later, he moved to New Orleans where he earned his Master's in Social Work (MSW) and PhD in Social Work from Tulane University. He transferred to the Louisiana National Guard and served in the 204th Transportation Group, The Washington Artillery, the 159th MASH and State Headquarters as the State Chaplain. After serving 28 years during the Vietnam, Cold War and Desert Storm eras, he retired as a full Colonel with the Legion of Merit.
He taught at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Charity Hospital School of Nursing and Our Lady of Holy Cross College in Algiers as chairperson of the Social Counseling Program. He was a chaplain of various military organizations and proud to have been the chaplain of the American Legion Callender-Fleming Post 23.