Rev. John Wuestneck

Interim Chaplain to the Institute

John WuestneckJohn A Wuestneck was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  His first sailing and swimming experiences were through the YMCA.  After graduating from high school he went to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering.  While at the academy he was on the swimming team and the sailing team.  He was captain of the sailing team and won three north American intercollegiate championships.  After graduating he served in the Coast Guard for five years and continued sailing, winning his way into two Olympic sailing trials.  He was fifth in his best Olympic trial bid.

After serving in Brooklyn, NY, New London, CT and Wake Island he left the Coast Guard to attend Rutgers and then Princeton where he received his MDiv.  John served a church in Lakewood, New Jersey for fifteen years before moving to Cambridge.  For the past thirty one years he has been a campus minister with Boston Cambridge Ministry in Higher Education working at BU, Harvard and then MIT for the past 22 years.  John led worship on Sunday mornings in the MIT chapel for 20 years.

He lives with his wife Suzanne and dog Emma, a Bichon Frise, whom many on campus know because she is a therapy dog.  John and Suzanne live on their sailboat in the summer and cruise mostly in waters downeast (Maine for you landlubbers).  They have three sons, and seven grandchildren.
Interim Chaplain to the Institute