Student Government and Student Congregation


Dear incoming first-years,Welcome to the St. Olaf family! We could not be more excited to have you join us on the Hill this upcoming fall.

You are probably getting ready to meet your roommate for the first time, sign up for classes, join clubs and activities, and navigate your way around campus. As you begin the packing process, it all may seem far-off and overwhelming, but don’t worry— we’ve been there too! Before you know it, you’ll be thinking of St. Olaf as home. We think you’re going to love it here!

You’ll learn soon involve that Oles are busy people— we love to get involved with our campus community. With our wide array of interests and experiences, St. Olaf students make every day on campus an unique and vibrant experience. Student Government Association (known around campus as SGA) sponsors a wide variety of activities both on and off the Hill throughout the year. You will find yourself presented with events such as comedians, dinner discussions, volunteer and awareness events, dances, karaoke, concerts, political speakers, movies, or even electric runs around campus, just to name a few. SGA oversees over 200 clubs, all of which are run by fellow students. At SGA’s Co-Curricular Fair, which will be on your first Wednesday on campus, you’ll get the chance to learn about all of the different organizations, and you can join as many as you’d like!

We cannot wait to see all of you on the Hill and to help you find your niche. To get started, visit our student-run website, Oleville, to learn more about SGA and all that it has to offer. Finally, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you have about starting the new chapter of your life on the Hill.

See you on move-in day!

John Bruer and William Seabrook
SGA President and Vice President


St. Olaf College Student Congregation

The St. Olaf Student Congregation welcomes you to St. Olaf and invites you to join us in:

  • Worship

Daily Chapel

Monday, Wednesday, Friday—10:10 a.m.

Tuesday—11:10 a.m.

Thursday—11 a.m.
Midweek Evening Prayer

1st & 3rd Wednesdays—10 p.m.
Sunday Mornings—10:30 a.m.

  • Peace & Justice Activities
  • Bible Studies, Confirmation  Classes
  • Discussion on Current Issues
  • Prayer Ministry
  • Fellowship



The college pastors are available to you for all kinds of resources whether or not you worship with the congregation. Call the Pastors’ Office at 507-786-3092 or e-mail Lisa Brown

 “In recognition that God is working at St. Olaf College, a community of varied religious and social backgrounds in which students are challenged by questions and faced with decisions, the St. Olaf College Student Congregation seeks to become an intentional and self-conscious expression of God’s gathered people, providing opportunity for the ministry of word and sacraments, extending a call for responsible membership in the community of faith as well as in the community of learning, and showing a genuine and active concern for the work of the Church both on and off the campus. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

—Preamble to the Constitution of the St. Olaf College Student Congregation

Though committed to basic Lutheran teachings and liturgical forms, the congregation seeks to carry on an ecumenical ministry. The Student Congregation constitution states that, “All members who participate in the life of the Student Congregation are considered members.” Therefore, while it is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, it is not for Lutherans only, and all members of the St. Olaf community are actively encouraged to participate.

In the spring of 1952, St. Olaf students voted to become a congregation. In the spring of 1989, the congregation voted to become a Reconciled in Christ congregation by accepting an “affirmation of welcome” which publicly welcomes and affirms gay and lesbian people as children of God and participating members of our congregation. You can find more information about Reconciled in Christ congregations at the chapel office. 

Student Congregation Council

The Student Congregation Council is made up of the following officers: President, Secretary, Treasurer, VP of Stewardship, VP of Life & Growth, VP of Worship, VP of Extra-Campus Activities, CAN (Christian Activities Network) Representative, and two representatives each (one male and one female) for the Senior, Junior, Sophomore and First Year classes.

Check out our web site at to see who’s on the Student Congregation Council for 2015-16. First Year Reps for 2015-16 will be selected in the fall of 2015, so, if you’re interested, be sure to fill out the application that will appear in the first Sunday bulletin.

For more information on the history and current activity of the St. Olaf student congregation, please visit our website at: