Our staff is involved with every ministry of the St. Olaf College Student Congregation. In addition, we engage in a wide variety of pastoral conversations. From discussions regarding vocation to questions of faith to the daily joys and struggles of life, we look forward to experiencing together the fullness of St. Olaf College. Our office hours are very flexible. To make an appointment, please e-mail, call, or stop by our office.

The Pastors’ Office is located in Alumni Hall, rooms 260A and 261.

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Matthew Marohl
College Pastor

Matthew Marohl graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, before earning an M.Div. from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He also holds an M.Th. from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and a Ph.D. in biblical studies (New Testament) from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. His three books include, most recently, Unexpected New Life: Reading the Gospel of Matthew.

Associate College Pastor Search - The St. Olaf College Call Committee is seeking nominations and applications for the Associate College Pastor.   The Associate College Pastor is a pastor of the St. Olaf Student Congregation (an ELCA congregation) and a spiritual leader for a campus community that includes people of many faith traditions.  We seek a pastor who will minister to students, nurture the vibrant worship life of Boe Chapel, foster the interaction of faith and learning at St. Olaf, nurture interfaith relations, and articulate Lutheran understandings of theology and discipleship in respectful dialogue with people of many traditions and backgrounds.

Please send nominations to Dr. Paula Carlson, Vice President for Mission, at  Candidates interested in the call should send a cover letter and resume as well as the ELCA’s Rostered Leader Profile to the ELCA Southeastern Minnesota Synod Office in Rochester, Minnesota.  Applications received by March 31, 2014 will be assured consideration.

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John Gorder
Acting Associate College Pastor

John Gorder ’67 and his wife, Gordeen ’67, served as ELCA missionaries in Papua New Guinea, Central African Republic, and Nigeria for twenty-three years before returning to St. Olaf as visiting scholars (1987-88). In 1993, John began his role here as Director of Church Relations while Gordeen served as International Student Advisor (1993-1999). From 1999-2011 John was senior pastor at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park on the campus of the University of Chicago. He and Gordeen are now retired and living in Northfield.

James E. BobbJames Bobb
Assistant Professor of Organ and Church Music;
Cantor to the Student Congregation

James E. Bobb joins the St Olaf faculty with more than 20 years’ experience directing church music in Lutheran and United Church of Christ congregations. Bobb holds performer’s certificates and M.M. degrees and in organ and harpsichord performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music where his teachers included Russell Saunders and David Craighead in organ and Arthur Haas in harpsichord. His undergraduate work was at Capital University where his teachers were Janet Linker in organ and Frank Hussey in piano.
James Bobb served as Minister of Music at First Congregational Church, Columbus, Ohio from 2009-2012, He also taught organ and organ literature at Capital University in Columbus. For fifteen years prior to that, Bobb served the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word in Rochester New York.


Lisa Brown
Administrative Assistant

Lisa Brown has been the Administrative Assistant in the College Pastors’ office since 2008. Her favorite part of the job is spending time with students, but Daily Chapel services in Boe Memorial Chapel run a close second.
Outside of work, she spends time gardening, reading and dreaming of traveling to far-off places.


Stacey Rudolph


Stacey Rudolph is a junior at St. Olaf College. She is a Co-Vice President of the Life and Growth Ministry Team for the Student Congregation. Her great joy is in serving others. Stacey can often be heard singing as she prepares for and cleans up after worship in Boe Chapel!