Chapel of Reconciliation Staff
The pastors, staff, and leaders of the student congregation coordinate worship and support a variety of activities at the Chapel of Reconciliation.
Rev. Dr. Paul Rohde
Paul Rohde holds a BA and MA from South Dakota State University. He completed a Masters of Divinity at Luther Theological Seminary and is an ordained pastor in the ELCA. He recently earned his Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Paul also holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from School Sisters of Notre Dame in Mankato, Minn. Prior to coming to Augustana College in 2001, Rohde served congregations in New Ulm, Minn.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Lake Preston, S.D. He has been a leader on the Board of Directors for Holden Village, Chelan, Wash., since 1998. Paul and his wife Susan have three daughters. He enjoys reading, hiking, camping, biking, gardening and traveling.
Rev. Ann Elizabeth Rosendale
Pastor Ann is a 2004 graduate of Augustana. She received a Master of Divinity degree and Master of Arts (Youth Ministry) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Ann participated in a two-year Pastoral Residency program at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, and served as Associate Pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls before being called to the Augustana community in 2012. Some of Ann’s deep passions and guilty pleasures include Facebook-ing, road trips, dance parties, and Bible Camp. As an off-the-charts extrovert, Pastor Ann always welcomes visitors to her office, where she can often be found with her friendly Cocker Spaniel, Easter Lilly Rosendale, eager to greet you!
Chapel Office Manager
Part of the Augustana community since 2000, Patty welcomes each visitor to the Chapel with a smile and strives to create a warm and inviting place for students and guests to relax, unwind and share their story. Patty and her husband, Doug, have three grown children and are proud grandparents. Patty is a voracious reader, decorates her home with found treasures, and enjoys road trips to visit family and friends.
Organ and Oboe Instructor
Marilyn Schempp is organist for the Chapel of Reconcilation as well as an organ and beginning class piano instructor, while also maintaining a private piano and oboe studio in her home. She is also the principal organist and assistant music director at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Marilyn received her bachelor of arts degree from Augustana College in both vocal and instrumental music, and her master of music degree in organ performance (with additional coursework in piano) from the University of South Dakota.
Fr. Kevin O'Dell
Catholic Chaplain for Augustana
Fr. O'Dell serves St. Nicholas Parish in Tea, SD, as well as serving as Catholic chaplin at Augustana. Fr. O'Dell offers confession at 7:30 pm and Mass at 8 pm on Sunday evenings during the school year. He is also available for individual counseling and spiritual direction.
2013-2014 Student Congregation Leaders
Each spring, students are invited to apply for paid positions that coordinate the work of the student congregation. The congregation then elects a president from among the staff who leads during the following academic year.
Kade Klippenstein — Co-Chapel President, Faith and Learning
Hot Springs, SD
Anna Bahnson — Co-Chapel President, Faith Fest
Michaela Bernard — Ambassador, Service
Andrew Paulson — Music Co-Coordinator
Ellen Jones - Ambassador
Cedar Falls, IA
Emily Ayres— Music Co-Coordinator
Spirit Lake, IA
Ethan Pauley - Music Co-Coordinator
Jenaleah Block - Ambassador, Ecumenism
Jenna Kuhle - Outreach
Tom Gehring - Ambassador, Common Ground & Bro Forum
Mason VanEssen - Ambassador
Miriam Hanson - Outreach
Ruth Young - Ambassador, Faith Fest & Koinonia
Shane LeClaire - Ambassador, Service
St Paul, MN
Tori Wilson - Ambassador, Faith Fest & Guatemalan Gifts
Zach Jones - Catholics in Action