Dean of Spiritual Life and Moehlmann Chaplaincy Chair

Posted: 02/05/2023

Function of the Position:
The Dean of Spiritual Life and Moehlmann Chaplaincy Chair will provide visionary leadership for the advancement of spiritual life at Wartburg College. Reporting to the president, our new dean will create energy for worship experiences and find innovative ways to infuse spiritual life within curricular and co-curricular experiences in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff. Able to serve a spiritually diverse community, the dean will seek to engage students in actively caring for their spiritual selves in a busy and challenging world. The optimal Dean of Spiritual Life and Moehlmann Chaplaincy Chair will intentionally create relationships on campus; inspire the community during worship and daily interaction; and demonstrate a passion for higher education.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve in a Pastoral role for the campus community
    • Empower and equip students, faculty, and staff to work together to provide innovative ministries on campus
    • Lead worship services including frequent preaching
    • Provide Pastoral counseling and work closely with counseling services to holistically serve students in need
  • Create and execute a vision for spiritual life that both honors the theological foundations of Wartburg College’s mission and identity and embraces the spiritual needs of our current and future generations of students
    • Work collaboratively with the McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission to uplift mission and identity
    • Find opportunities to infuse the mission pillar of faith into the daily life of the College
    • Align efforts with campus leaders to challenge and nurture students through focused efforts in interfaith activity, vocation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Reimagine the Spiritual Life & Campus Ministry (SLCM) Team
    • Utilize the Moehlmann Chaplaincy Chair and funds to engage the campus in opportunities for theological education and growth
Required Qualifications:
  • Ordained ELCA Pastor
  • Experienced preacher, worship leader, pastoral counselor
  • Proven ability to provide collaborative leadership for innovative ministries and team building
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a group to continually clarify and articulate Christian mission and faith formation
  • Prior experience in ministry with emerging adults
  • Three years of experience in a Congregation
Application Procedure:
Send a letter of application and a copy of your completed ELCA Rostered Ministers Profile (RMP) to the Wartburg College Human Resources Office at See for complete information. Submit your RMP to the Northeast Iowa Synod. Candidates will be asked to lead worship as part of the interview.

Type of Employment: Full-Time

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