The Rev. Brian E. Konkol serves as Chaplain of the College at Gustavus Adolphus College. Through the Office of the Chaplains, he is responsible for accompanying the Gustavus community by integrating faith and spirituality into the fullness of learning and life.
Konkol is originally from Amherst Junction, WI, is a 1997 graduate of Amherst High School, and in 2001 completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI). In 2005 he earned a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN), in 2010 a Master of Theology with honors at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), and is currently a Ph.D. candidate with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) Theology and Development Program. Konkol was ordained with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 2005.
Rev. Konkol interned (2003-2004) and later served a parish with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guyana (2005-2007). He also lectured at the Lutheran Lay Academy, hosted international mission groups for the Lutheran Camp & Retreat Centre, advised the National Youth Commission, and co-hosted the nationally televised broadcast, “Word for the World”. Konkol served on a variety of community organizing committees, many of which focused on ecumenical and interfaith cooperation, poverty, children and youth development, and ecological sustainability.
From 2008-2012, Konkol served in South Africa as Country Coordinator of the Young Adults in Global Mission program of the ELCA. He also assisted in parish ministry alongside isiZulu-speaking congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa, lectured at the Lutheran Theological Institute, and participated with the World Council of Churches and Lutheran World Federation in the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Prior to his call at Gustavus Adolphus College, Rev. Konkol served as Co-Pastor of Lake Edge Lutheran Church (Madison, WI), with primary responsibilities surrounding congregational leadership, multicultural engagement, team ministry, and public advocacy. He also served as a guest lecturer for the Viterbo University Masters of Arts program in Servant Leadership and the Edgewood College (Madison, WI) Department of Religious Studies.
Rev. Konkol is an avid writer, contributes regularly for Sojourners, and has published articles for The Huffington Post, Patheos, Living Lutheran, The Lutheran, Journal of Lutheran Ethics, Capitol Times, Wisconsin State Journal, Mankato Free Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Star Tribune, and numerous others. He recently published chapters for Living on the Edge: Essays in Honour of Steve de Gruchy, Activist and Theologian (Cluster Publications) and 101 Testimonies of Hope (Testimonies of Hope Publications).
As Chaplain of the College, Rev. Konkol has represented the college and church as a speaker and teacher throughout the United States, with a focus on social justice, vocational reflection, globalization, public policy, and the exploration of Lutheran theology and interfaith cooperation in the context of religious pluralism. He is associated with the American Academy of Religion, Association of College and University Religious Affairs, National Association of College and University Chaplains, Interfaith Power and Light, Fair Trade Campaigns, and also serves on the Board of Advisers at Viterbo University and the Executive Board for the Joint Religious Legislative Council of Minnesota.
Rev. Konkol and his wife Kristen were married in 2006, they have a son, Khaya, and a daughter, Tobi.
B.S., Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI); M.Div., Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN); M.Th., University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa)