Title: Minister, Retired Army Chaplain
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Raymond Acker, Minister and Retired Army Chaplain, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in military and ministerial service.
Mr. Acker prepared for his career at Philadelphia Biblical University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Bible studies in 1959. He continued his academic pursuits at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary, earning an MDiv in 1962, and transitioned to the Dallas Theological Seminary, where he earned a ThM in 1964. That same year, Mr. Acker became an ordained minister at the Reinhart Bible Church, and concluded his higher education at Long Island University Brooklyn, where he earned a Master of Science in guidance and counseling in 1973.
In addition to his educational pursuits, Mr. Acker devoted himself to military service. In 1953, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving until 1955. In 1963, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant, and after his ordainment in 1964, he began serving as an Army chaplain. He wrote “History of the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church” in 1965. Continuing his service, Mr. Acker rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1978, and retired from the military in 1983. He considers his time as a chaplain in Fort Polk, Louisiana as the highlight of his career, where he served with the advanced infantry training brigade, the first brigade to train specifically for the Vietnam War.
From 1960 to 1992, Mr. Acker was a member of the Interfaith Council For Action (IFCA). In 1977, he started serving as a member of the Chaplains Commission, and from 1981 to 1983, he served as the vice president of the Delmarva Regional IFCA in Indiana. From 1983 to 1984, he lent his experience as the director of alumni affairs at Philadelphia Biblical University, transitioning to a position as the general director of Biblical Ministries Worldwide, where he served until 1989. From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Acker worked as the director of World Wide Bible Institutes, and following his departure from the IFCA, he served as secretary and treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic Pastors Fellowship and Bible Conference from 1995 to 2001.
For his excellence in ministerial service, Mr. Acker received the North America Missionary of the Year Award from the Association of North America Missions in 1994, and for his military service, he was awarded a Bronze Star. He maintains affiliations with the Military Chaplains Association, the Military Officers Association, the National Association for Uniformed Services, and the Blinded Veterans Association. As a testament to his experience, influence, and stature, Mr. Acker has been featured in the 17th edition of Who’s Who in the World, the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the East, the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Religion, the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.
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