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.

Paul Rohde, Campus Pastor

Rev. Dr. Paul Rohde
Campus Pastor

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, MN. Prior to coming to Augustana College in 2001, Rohde served congregations in New Ulm, MN; Sioux Falls, SD; and Lake Preston, SD. He has been a leader on the Board of Directors for Holden Village, Chelan, WA, since 1998. Paul and his wife Susan have three daughters. He enjoys reading, hiking, camping, biking, gardening and traveling.

Rev. Ann Elizabeth RosendaleRev. Ann Elizabeth Rosendale
Campus Pastor

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. The great adventure of her life is journeying through marriage with her husband, Kyle Alberty. 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!

Patty Grinsell, Chapel Office ManagerPatty Grinsell
Office Manager

Patty, a native of northern Minnesota, has been part of the Augustana community since 2000. As Office Manager, Patty is the first person you're likely to see or talk with when you call or visit the chapel. 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.
Marilyn SchemppMarilyn Schempp
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 chaplain 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.

Chapel of Reconciliation
800.727.2844, ext. 5403


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

Kade Klippenstein — Co-Chapel President, Faith and Learning
Hot Springs, SD


Anna Bahnson


Anna Bahnson — Co-Chapel President, Faith Fest
Hartford, SD



 Michaela Bernard

Michaela Bernard — Ambassador, Service
Owatonna, MN


Andrew Paulson


Andrew Paulson — Music Co-Coordinator
Jackson, MN


Ellen Jones


Ellen Jones - Ambassador
Cedar Falls, IA


Emily Ayres


Emily Ayres— Music Co-Coordinator
Spirit Lake, IA



Ethan Pauley


Ethan Pauley - Music Co-Coordinator
Vale, SD


Jenaleah Block


Jenaleah Block - Ambassador, Ecumenism
Pierre, SD


Jenna Kuhle


Jenna Kuhle - Outreach
Howard, SD



Tom Gehring


Tom Gehring - Ambassador, Common Ground & Bro Forum
Ames, IA


Mason VanEssen


Mason VanEssen - Ambassador
Tracy, MN


Miriam Hanson

Miriam Hanson - Outreach
Rochester, MN


Ruth Young


Ruth Young - Ambassador, Faith Fest & Koinonia
Tacoma WA


Shane LeClaire


Shane LeClaire - Ambassador, Service
St Paul, MN

Tori Wilson


Tori Wilson - Ambassador, Faith Fest & Guatemalan Gifts
Wayzata, MN


Zach Jones


Zach Jones - Catholics in Action
Milford, IA