Reverend Joseph August Sskwor, the first preacher of the Gospel at WGBC, was a senior at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, when he preached that first summer in 1913. He earned the A.B. degree from William Jewell.
Joseph returned to St. Louis in 1914 and became the first English speaking pastor at the Morganford Road Baptist Mission of the German speaking Kingshighway Baptist Church. During this time Sskwor enrolled at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, earning the degree Master of Arts in Social Economy, on June 10, 1915. His thesis PUBLIC EFFORTS TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF UNEMPLOYMENT (published in 1915) is still in the archives library of Washington University.
During World War I, (1914-1918) Joseph Sskwor served as Chaplain, First Lieutenant of the U.S. Army.
Joseph studied at The Divinity School, The University of Chicago, earning the Bachelor of Divinity degree in September, 1921.
From 1925-1941, Reverend Sskwor served as the pastor of the Overland Baptist Church.
He died August 30, 1942, (approximately 60 years of age) and is buried at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri. His wife Birdie (1882-1958) was buried beside him 16 years later. The tombstone reads: wife of Chaplain First Lieutenant, J. A. Sskwor.