After more than 56 years in the ministry, Pastor Kurt W. Borows has stepped away from the pulpit. 

Pastor Borows has served as minister at Resurrection Lutheran Church, on Catawba Island, 42 of those 50 plus years. He retired on January 15, 2020. He conducted his last worship service on January 12, 2020. During his time at Resurrection, he also served as Chaplain of the Catawba Island Fire Department and performed The Blessing of The Fleet at the Catawba Island Club for several years. He is the author of two published books and for 25 years wrote weekly newspaper articles in the Port Clinton News Herald. 

Borows and his younger brother were baptized at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Queens Village, in New York, and were raised in a very devout Lutheran family. Borows said ministry was something he always wanted to do, from the time he was a little boy. 

Growing up in Orlando, he played baseball, participated in school plans and student congress at Edgewater High School where he hosted two radio programs: one being a collaboration with a neighboring high school to introduce and rate new records on air and the other being a sports and news cast. He was also a member of debate teams both in high school and college. 

Reverend Doctor Kurt W. Borows Retires 

Knowing his calling was the ministry and leadership he began his Junior College and the on to Capital University in Columbus. He attended Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, graduating in May 1964. He then interned at Victory Evangelical Church in Detroit. He was ordained June 21, 1964 at Faith Lutheran Church in Orlando.  

Over the years, Borows served as editor for the National Lutheran Church newsletter, delegate to six ALC national conventions, National Park Chaplain in Oregon Cave, Oregon. 

He led St. Mark Lutheran Church in Roseville, Michigan for two years and then moved to St. James Lutheran in Toledo. While with St. Luke Lutheran in Detroit, he served as Chaplain of the Detroit Police Department. He also taught six college courses of Bible study while at St. Luke. He moved to Catawba and began his service at RLC on January 1, 1978. 

While at RLC, he led Christmas Eve candlelight services and Easter Sunrise services at the Miller Ferry Line every year since his arrival. He also hosted an outdoor Jazz Service every July. Borows has led Bible Studies at St. Paul Slovak, Peace Lutheran, St. Thomas Lutheran, Firelands Presbyterian, Lakeside and St. James along with Lenten Bible studies at The Vineyard on Catawba.

Borows says that one of the most faith-affirming journeys he experienced was his six and a half weeks of biblical study in Israel with Dr. Bruce Schein in 1978. His two 

published books include “Wages of Sin, Gifts of God: Sermons for Lent and Easter based on Romans 6:23”, published in 1993 and “Experimental Catechism”, his doctoral thesis only available in seminary libraries. 

During the last two years of his ministry at RLC, the church expanded with the addition of a larger Narthex area, new offices, a classroom and handicap accessible restrooms. 

His retirement plans include writing a book on The Passion of Jesus Christ, following the last week of Jesus’ life. He will also be spending more time with his beloved wife, Linda, and the rest of his family. Pastor Borows parting words are: “It has been a fulfilling, more than four decades, and we have done much together at RLC in the proclaiming of The Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Pastor Borows and his wife Linda are planning to remain in this area to be near family and friends. 

There has been a “Reverend Doctor Kurt W. Borows Scholarship Fund” established, in Pastor Borows honor, at Resurrection Lutheran Church. The scholarship will be made available to a senior at one of the four Ottawa County High School districts in 2021. The scholarship award will be awarded to a senior who will be pursuing a college degree in the fields of Ministry, or Medical/Veterinary, or Education.

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