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Master of Divinity, rostered Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


  • 5 years experience in ordained ministry
  • Experience in or potential for ministry in a university context, including ability to work with young adults and excitement about ideas and learning
  • Ability to draw students into religious participation and leadership and to help them grow in understanding and living Christian faith
  • Excellent preaching and loving knowledge of the Western Christian liturgical tradition
  • Excellence in pastoral care, especially for students but also for the larger university community
  • Ability to work collaboratively within the chapel staff, with other campus religious groups, and with those of different backgrounds and beliefs
  • Sensitivity to inter-Lutheran differences
  • Support for the doctrine and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Creativity in worship and ministry
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and interpersonal skills

Job Summary:

  • The University Pastor (ELCA) plans and leads worship in the Chapel of the Resurrection; provides pastoral care for members of the University community; helps students to grow in understanding and living Christian faith in relation to their vocations of study, friendship, leadership, and service; and participates in shared efforts to help the University community pursue Valpo's vision to be "a distinguished Lutheran community of learning constituted by people of many and various beliefs and backgrounds in dialogue with one another in common pursuit of truth."
  • The University Pastor (ELCA) works closely with the University Pastor (LCMS) to develop a vibrant ministry directed primarily toward Valpo students.  While acknowledging boundaries that arise in an inter-Lutheran setting, both pastors belong to a collaborative Chapel staff that also includes the Director of Chapel Music, a publications manager, an operations manager, and several student Chapel assistants, and which is supplemented by an ecumenical group of Chapel staff associates.  Supervising the Chapel administratively is the Executive Director of Campus Ministries, who also oversees the Institute for Leadership and Service and the Center for Church Relations, encouraging campus-wide collaboration for the sake of spiritual growth and outreach on campus and beyond.
  • The Chapel of the Resurrection sustains a year-round worship life grounded in the historic Western Christian liturgical tradition.  The University Pastor (ELCA) would be involved in leading and planning regular services, special services as needed, and certain University events.  Excellent preaching, loving knowledge of Christian liturgy, ability to draw students into participation and leadership, sensitivity to a wide range of religious beliefs and practices, and creativity in worship and ministry are crucial for this position.
  • The University Pastor (ELCA) will also take leadership in specific ministry areas to be determined in consultation with other members of the Chapel staff on the basis of interests, gifts, and needs, with rotating responsibilities over time.  These areas could include, for example, vocational discernment, advocacy for peace and justice, interreligious dialogue, contemplative prayer, study groups on Scripture or other topics, liturgical arts, catechesis, and off-campus opportunities for service or spiritual reflection.
  • We seek a rostered ELCA pastor who has served for at least five years in ordained ministry, who is supportive of the doctrine and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and who shows strong gifts for ministry in a university context.  The pastor will be under call from the Indiana-Kentucky Synod Council, will be on the roster of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, and will be under the ecclesiastical supervision and collegiality of the bishop of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod.


To apply for this position or to nominate someone, please send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Bonnie Hunter, Vice President for Student Affairs, 1700 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, IN  46383 (  Candidates should also contact Pastor Rudy Mueller in the office of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the ELCA, (  Application review will begin January 28, 2011.

Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to help constitute a diverse community.  Its entire EOE policy can be found at