Chaplain's Office

Job Title

Dean of the Chapel


Roanoke College Position Profile

Timothy L. Pickle, Jr. & Timothy L. Pickle, III, Dean of the Chapel

Roanoke College is seeking candidates for the position of Dean of the Chapel at Roanoke College.  The vacancy, effective July 1, 2013, is created by the coming retirement of The Reverend R. Paul Henrickson after 30 years of service.

The Dean of the Chapel at Roanoke is a pastor to the total campus with responsibilities for students, faculty, and staff. The role of the Chaplain is central to the church-related identity of Roanoke and to the life of the campus.  Roanoke College is related to the ELCA and has partnership relationships with the Virginia, Metro D. C., and West Virginia Synods of the ELCA.  The Chaplain must be a visible and engaged member of the College community on a daily basis.

The Dean of the Chapel offers worship experiences, spiritual and religious life programming, and service opportunities for members of the campus community.  The Chaplain offers a regular rhythm of worship on campus.  Services are offered weekly and in special situations.  In addition, the Chaplain is called upon to offer prayers at numerous College gatherings.  To meet students and their scheduling demands, the Chaplain must offer services and programs according to the availability of students.

Successful candidates must be an ordained ELCA Lutheran pastor and will have:

  • a minimum of a Masters of Divinity with a Ph.D. preferred
  • at least five years of parish experience
  • a strong and successful record of young adult work
  • a strong record and inclination for providing pastoral care
  • experience in engaging and encouraging service and volunteer work

The successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to engage authentically with people from a wide-range of faith backgrounds and to provide ways for their spiritual growth.  The successful candidate must also be able to speak the Gospel through word (preaching and teaching) and deed (service and compassion orientated living). The position requires high energy and a flexible approach to scheduling and programming. Successful candidates must understand and appreciate young adults, their challenges, and potential and must be willing to engage with students as they approach their challenges and potential. Viable candidates must be articulate and resolute advocates for Lutheran higher education.

Roanoke College is a Lutheran-related, liberal arts and sciences, residential undergraduate college.  The College has 2,060 students, 156 tenure track faculty, and a staff of over 300 members.  Roanoke was recently selected as the number four “Up and Coming” national liberal arts college in a national publication.  The College is located in Salem, Virginia, a city of 25,000.  Salem is part of the Roanoke Valley, a metropolitan area of 300,000 residents.   The campus itself is renowned for its beauty. Roanoke is the nation’s second oldest Lutheran College, and it enjoys a sustained period of progress and growth in institutional quality. For additional information, contact the Roanoke College Website at

Nominations and applications (including the names and contact information of three references) may be submitted by January 20, 2013, to or by mail to Ms. Cathy S. Dickerson, Director of Human Resources, Roanoke College, 221 College Lane, Salem, Virginia 24153.  Review of applications will begin in February and will continue until the position is filled.  Roanoke College supports diversity and affirmative action as an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Date Posted

December 17, 2012


January 19, 2013


Human Resources

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