Maggie Falenschek


Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministries and Director of the Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics in Chaplains' Office

Rev. Maggie Garberg Falenschek oversees Christian and Interfaith programming on campus, serving as "head cheerleader" for United Christian Ministries, co-conspirator in the Sunday Worship Community, and support for our Interfaith Ambassadors and Multifaith Leadership Council.  She also serves on the leadership team for the Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics as Director. In her role as chaplain, she enjoys meeting one-on-one with students from a diversity of backgrounds and identities. As someone who lives with mental illnesses and trichotillomania, she is passionate about the intersection of spiritual wellness and mental health. Her professional intrests are exploring and teaching emobidied spiritual practices, creative worship, community building, energy psychology, and student care. You can often find her on campus in her bright and cheery office in Old Main or grabbing coffee with students. When not working, she enjoys hanging out with her dogs and husband, being outside, and running/biking abnormally long distances. 

Professional Accreditations and Associations:

  • Ordained as a minister of Word and Sacrament in the ELCA through the Southwestern Minnesota Synod
  • Member of the Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education (ACSLHE)
  • Member of the Interfaith America Staff Network
  • Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Level I 
  • Previous experience in congregational life and para-church organizations in California, Illinois, and Minnesota 
  • Certified wedding officiant and trained in guiding pre-marital conversations 
  • Mental health first-aid certified
  • Reiki II Practitioner
  • Clinical EFT Practitioner (May2023)

Why meet with a chaplain? 

Students meet with chaplains for a variety of reasons and sometimes no reason at all. Chaplains are good listeners who are skilled with guiding individuals through a variety of interests or concerns including:

  • times of crisis or grief
  • relationship struggles
  • big questions: about faith or religion, meaning and purpose (we sometimes call this vocation), spirituality and justice, etc
  • check-ins just for fun over coffee or on a walk
  • confidential processes: Chaplains are a confidential resource that can assist in bias or Title IX related care while connecting students to resources as desried.
  • interest in graduate theological education, seminary, or ministry-related professions
  • Chaplain Maggie is also available for Reiki (no-touch) or EFT sessions. 

Just a note: You don't have to identify as religious or spiritual to meet with a chaplain. Chaplains meet with students from a diversity of backgrounds and value systems and are an open and non-judgemental presence on campus. 


B.A. Concordia College-Moorhead, MN; M.Div Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary-Berkeley, CA

Course Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
NDL-120 Resiliency Rebound 1 2020/SP