Ann Rosendale — Campus Pastor

Ann Rosendale

Ann Rosendale, Covenant Award for Christian Faith Recipient, 2003-04 Academic Year


Rev. Ann Rosendale '04 is originally from North Mankato, Minnesota. She majored in philosophy and religion at Augustana and received the Covenant Award for Christian Faith for the 2003-04 academic year.

Q. Tell us about your journey after graduating from Augustana  your career path (what are you doing now), family, education (graduate school), travel, etc.

A. After graduating from Augie, I attended Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, New Jersey). I graduated in 2008 and participated in a two-year residency program for first-call pastors (funded by the Lilly Endowment) at a large church in Davenport, Iowa. I returned to Sioux Falls for a short call at Peace Lutheran Church, and then was called back to Augustana to serve as Campus Pastor in 2012. It's a dream job to work in Campus Ministry, and an especially great honor to serve my alma mater!

I married my husband, Kyle, in 2013. We have two children, Arthur and Edith, and a dog named Easter. Life is busy chasing all three of them around. We stay active in our church and get together with friends regularly for meals and play dates. Summer is our favorite time of year for outdoor adventures and weeks at Bible Camp.

Q. Greatest challenges and best rewards of your current role?

A. My colleague, Paul Rohde, says that you shouldn't work in Campus Ministry unless you love the unfolding of the story. I have the privilege of watching story after story unfold in the lives of young adults. There are plenty of challenges in bearing witness to the work of the Holy Spirit through the ups and downs of college life. But it is a true reward to accompany students through their learning and growing. Not to mention it's a whole lot of fun!

Q. Favorite class or favorite professor at Augustana, and why?

A. A class on religious identity and religious violence taught by Murray Haar. In the wake of 9/11 the class felt especially relevant. Our learning helped me to reflect critically on my own religious tradition and, I believe, made me a more thoughtful and faithful Christian. Ceramics with Gerry Punt was also a delight!

Q. What were you involved in that prepared you for the present and future?

A. My work on Chapel Staff and participation in Campus Ministry prepared me for the future far better than I ever imagined! Not only did it hone my faith and gifts for leadership, it gave me the perfect foundation for my current ministry context (back in Campus Ministry at Augustana)!

Q. Best Augie memory?

A. There are so many! Lingering brunches with friends in the Commons. Playing practical jokes on my roommate in Solberg Hall. Sneaking into Old Main. Community Service Day. Worship in the Chapel. Dinners with fellow Philosophy majors. Outdoor winter fun during j-term. A spring break trip to serve at an orphanage in Mexico. All of it was what made college such a special time!

Q. If you could offer an Augustana student some advice, what would you say?

A. Take a chance, take a risk, go out of your comfort zone. Take a class totally outside of your major (like Ceramics with Gerry Punt). Raise your hand and dare to speak in class. Get to know cross-cultural contexts abroad, and right in your back yard. If you haven't been to Pine Ridge, you must go. And attend Chapel – I hear there are a couple of really cool pastors there!

Q. A foundation for life at Augustana begins with our five core values  Christian Faith, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community and Service. How did your time at Augustana help to ensure those values remain central in your life?

A. Daily worship at Augustana deepened my appreciation for faith. So do did Religion classes, where we reflected critically on our faith. Augustana was and continues to be a powerfully supportive community for me. My coursework pushed me to be my best, to learn new things, and to do it all for the sake of serving my neighbor. Augustana shaped me into a person who is not only well-rounded but, (I hope) deeply committed to the Gospel and to the world God made.