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, and is a graduate of Amherst High School (1997). He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice (2001) from Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI), in addition to a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN), and 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), where 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, while also assisting in parish ministry alongside isiZulu-speaking congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa, and lecturing at the Lutheran Theological Institute. He completed a Master of Theology degree with honors at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) Theology & Development program in 2010, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the same institution and program.
Prior to his call as Chaplain of the 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, 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, 2013) and 101 Testimonies of Hope (Testimonies of Hope Publications, 2014).
As Chaplain of the College at Gustavus Adolphus College, Rev. Konkol holds a passion for preaching, teaching, writing, local and global social justice, ministry alongside young adults, and the exploration of Lutheran theology in the context of global religious pluralism. He keeps a personal blog, and is also active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. He enjoys long-distance running, hiking, travel, conversation, various genres of music, and most of all, time with his family.
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)