Council and Ministry Teams

In both volunteer and elected congregation council positions, St. Olaf College students provide leadership in all areas of our congregation’s ministry. The St. Olaf Student Congregation Council is made up of 20 men and women who meet twice every month to organize and carry out a wide variety of ministry opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.

St. Olaf College Student Congregation Council – Academic Year 2013-2014

President – Marty Raabe ’14
Secretary – Lydia Peterson ’15
Treasurer – Leslie Garza ’14
Co-Vice Presidents of Worship – Aleece DeWald ’14 & Grace Donahue ’14
Co-Vice Presidents of Extra Campus Activities – Jo Treat ’15 & Ryana Holt ’15
Co-Vice Presidents of Life & Growth – Stacey Rudolph ’15 & Anja Selland ’16
Co-Vice Presidents of Public Relations – Sarah Stevens ’15 & Rachel Bash ’15
Community Catalyst – Johhna Purchase ’14
Representative to the Christian Activities Network – Jonathan Sanchez ’15
2014 Class Representative – Bekah Engstrand
2015 Class Representatives – Chance Bonar & Maren Magill (Semester I), Sarah Langer (Semester II)
2016 Class Representatives – Henry Burt & Kailee Oram
2017 Class Representatives – To be chosen fall of 2013


The Worship Ministry Team works with the college pastors and cantor to plan meaningful worship services. This team also plans special seasonal services such as midweek and Lenten vespers.

Are you interested in a volunteer opportunity? Consider serving as a reader, usher, communion assistant or assisting minister during a Sunday morning worship service. Or, bake communion bread for a Sunday worship service.

Contact Aleece DeWald (dewald) or Grace Donahue (donahueg).

Extra Campus

The Extra Campus Ministry Team organizes the congregation’s involvement outside of the St. Olaf College campus, placing a special emphasis on worldwide issues of hunger, poverty, and human rights.

Are you interested in a volunteer opportunity? Consider serving on our Spring Service Project team.

Contact Jo Treat (treat) or Ryana Holt (holtr).

Life & Growth

The Life & Growth Ministry Team seeks to enrich the spiritual lives of students through education and fellowship experiences, including concerts, speakers, Bible studies and discussion groups. The Life & Growth team works to encourage and enhance personal and community growth.

Are you interested in a volunteer opportunity? Consider contributing to our fall or Lenten devotion book or be part of the team that selects upcoming speakers.

Contact Anja Selland (selland) or Stacey Rudolph (rudolph).

Public Relations

The Public Relations Ministry Team, along with the college pastors, serves as the public voice of the St. Olaf Student Congregation. The team creates and distributes posters for events, manages e-mail aliases and posts on online pages and social media.

Are you interested in a volunteer opportunity? We are building a photo library of St. Olaf campus life, consider serving as a photographer. Or, help in the design of event posters.

Contact Sarah Stevens (stevenss) or Rachel Bash (bash).

Christian Activities Network

The Christian Activities Network is an umbrella organization that represents the Christian organizations on campus. Its goal is to unify Christians through periodic campus-wide activities and continuing dialogue, as well as to act as a supportive faith community for leaders of the organizations.

Are you interested in a volunteer opportunity? Consider serving as the St. Olaf College Student Congregation representative on the Christian Activities Network. Or, serve on the planning team for one of the Christian Activitites Network’s campus-wide activities.

Contact Jonathan Sanchez (sanchez)