The Rev. Michael Yesenko will be installed as Chaplain at Spang Crest, a Luthercare community at 945 Duke St., Lebanon, on Sunday, Feb. 19. The installation will take place at 2:15 p.m. in the community’s Chapel of the Abiding Christ. The Rev. Glenn A. Beard, Jr., Luthercare’s Director of Church Relations & Pastoral Care, will preach, and the Rev. Scott Paradise, pastor of Millcreek Lutheran Church in Newmanstown and Dean of the Lebanon Conference of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, ELCA, will preside at the installation.
The Rev. Yesenko, an ordained ELCA pastor, has been serving as Chaplain of Spang Crest since the beginning of January. Pastor Yesenko most recently served as Chaplain of Oak Hill Village, a senior living community in Middletown. He completed a chaplain residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey.
Pastor Yesenko received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and his Master of Divinity Degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He continued his path into the Lutheran ministry by completing his graduate studies at the United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg. Prior to his time at seminary, he worked in both the federal and private non-profit sectors.
He enjoys hiking and kayaking and is a native of North Dakota. He now calls Harrisburg home. May our Lord bless Pastor Yesenko as he serves the residents and community at Spang Crest!
Founded in 1949, Luthercare, a social ministry organization affiliated with the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of Lutheran Services in America, is a leading provider of independent, personal care and skilled nursing care residences in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Luthercare operates Luther Acres, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lititz, Pa.; Spang Crest, a rehabilitation center, skilled nursing and memory support personal care community in Lebanon, Pa.; and St. John’s Herr Estate, an independent living and personal care community in Columbia, Pa. Additionally, Luthercare operates PA Keystone Stars-accredited childcare and early learning centers in Annville, Marietta, and Reamstown. Luthercare, a pioneer in childcare programs, also offers a Mentoring Program, which aids family child care home providers in Lebanon and Lancaster counties.