Lutherans in Minnesota

Two chaplains to serve Gustavus Adolphus

The Rev. Brian E. Konkol and the Rev. Siri C. Erickson

The Rev. Siri Erickson and the Rev. Brian Konkol recently accepted calls to become the new chaplains at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota. They officially join the staff on August 1, 2013.

Erickson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carleton College where she majored in chemistry. In 2002, she received an M.Div. degree from the Claremont School of Theology. While at Claremont, she was honored with the President’s Award for academic excellence and was also presented the Award for Excellence in biblical studies.

Since 2004, Erickson has been the Pastor of Lifelong Learning at Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Stillwater, Minnesota. Her responsibilities included building learning systems and providing collaborative leadership to deepen the community’s engagement in spiritual development.

Konkol is a graduate of Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he majored in criminal justice. In 2005, he received an M.Div. degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul. While enrolled in seminary, he served a one-year internship with the Ebenezer Lutheran Parish in Guyana. Shortly after his graduation he returned to Guyana to become pastor of the Emmanual Lutheran Parish where he served from 2005 to 2007. In 2008, he accepted the position of country coordinator for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Missions (YAGM) program with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa in Pietermaritzburg.

“I feel Pastor Erickson and Pastor Konkol are particularly qualified to bring the entire campus community together under one ministry team that will celebrate diversity and embrace connectedness,” said Jack R. Ohle, college president. “It became clear that the combined skills of Rev. Erickson and Rev. Konkol presented an exciting opportunity for the campus community.”

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