Interim Dean of Spiritual Life and Moehlmann Chaplaincy Chair

Posted: 10/24/2021

Function of the Position:
The person in this position provides administrative leadership for a Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry team and reports directly to the president. The Dean will be a champion of the faith pillar on campus and will provide leadership for collaborative ministry initiatives and programming that reaches out to a spiritually diverse community. The Dean will seek to engage students, faculty, and staff in actively caring for their spiritual selves in a busy world. The Dean will provide leadership for preaching, regular worship, and innovating other Christian and interfaith initiatives and support the college’s work of preparing students to live in a religiously diverse and challenging world. The function of this position requires a specific sense of calling to work with emerging adults and the staff and faculty who seek to serve students.  
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
    • Preach
    • Provide Pastoral Counseling
  • Provide the Spiritual Voice for the college
    • Work with the campus community to interpret and voice the theological foundations of Wartburg College’s mission and identity as a college of the church, in past, current, and future contexts.  In particular, with regards to:
      • The Heritage: Martin Luther, Löhe legacy of service to a changing world, College of the ELCA
      • The Mission Pillars: Leadership, Service, Faith, Learning
      • The call to challenge and nurture students for their future lives: Cultural Competence, Interfaith Activities, Vocation
    • Utilize the Moehlmann Chaplaincy Chair and funds to engage the campus in opportunities for theological education and growth.  
  • Administrative Duties
    • Serve as administrative lead for the Spiritual Life & Campus Ministry (SLCM) Team
    • Direct the Accelerated Ministry Program (a joint endeavor with Wartburg Theological Seminary), serving as primary liaison with the Kern Foundation, which provides support for the program
    • Support a pastoral intern embedded from Wartburg Theological Seminary
  • Academic duties
    • As Moehlmann Chaplaincy Chair, serve as administrative faculty and relate to the academic program in ways appropriate to expertise and vocation.
    • Teach up to one course in each academic term in assignments appropriate to expertise and helpful to the full academic program.
  • Otherwise support the college’s mission and discharge other duties as assigned
  • 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
  • Experience teaching emerging adults
  • Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Divinity, or PhD in a discipline appropriate to College offerings
  • Teaching or administrative experience in higher education
  • Experience in pastoral counseling and faith formation with teens, emerging adults, and adults.
  • Knowledge of emerging adult development needs and life issues.  
Application Procedure:
Send letter of application addressing qualifications; curriculum vita; official transcript; personal statement of ministry and leadership; names, addresses, phone, fax, or e-mail address for three professional references to the Wartburg College Human Resources Office at See for complete information. The successful candidate will have an up-to-date ELCA Rostered Ministry Profile. 
Appointment Timeline:
The interim appointment will commence on approximately January 1, 2022, and will continue until the College has sought and successfully called a permanent Dean.  The interim Dean will be eligible for the permanent call.
Wartburg College is a fully accredited four-year, coeducational liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. As an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity institution, Wartburg College actively seeks applications from women and members of ethnic and minority groups.

Type of Employment: Full-Time