Maggie Garberg Falenschek

Chaplain, Dean of Spiritual Life, Herbert and Cora Moehlmann Chaplaincy Chair

Office: Chapel

(319) 352-8388

More about Maggie Garberg Falenschek

Rev. Maggie Garberg Falenschek oversees spiritual life and campus ministry, building bridges of care and compassion across campus. In her role as chaplain, she enjoys meeting one-on-one with students and staff from a diversity of backgrounds and identities. As someone who lives with mental illnesses and trichotillomania, Chaplain Maggie is passionate about the intersection of spiritual wellness and mental health. Her professional interests are exploring and teaching embodied spiritual practices, multi-faith and ecumenical initiatives, community organizing, and student care. When not working, Maggie enjoys spending time with her spouse and two rescue dogs, traveling, and running abnormally long distances. Looking for Maggie? You will find her rabble-rousing around campus, in her bright and cheery office on the third floor of the Chapel (accessed by skywalk or elevator), or by appointment.

Professional Associations and Accreditations:

  • Bachelor of Art, Religion, Concordia College- Moorhead, MN
  • Master of Divinity, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University- Berkeley, CA
  • Ordained minister of Word and Sacrament, Rostered in the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the ELCA
  • Member of the Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education
  • -Member of the Interfaith America Campus Network
  • Certified Reiki Practitioner
  • Trained in Clinical EFT (tapping)

Why meet with a Chaplain?
People meet with chaplains for a variety of reasons and sometimes for no reason at all! Chaplains are good listeners who are skilled in guiding individuals through a variety of interests or concerns, including…

  • Times of crisis or grief
  • Big questions: about faith or religion, meaning and purpose (we sometimes call this vocation), spirituality and justice, identity and worldview, etc.
  • Religious accommodations
  • Check-ins just for fun over coffee or tea
  • Confidential processes: Chaplain Maggie is a confidential resource that can help in bias or Title IX related care while connecting students to other resources as desired.
  • Interest in graduate theological education, seminary, or ministry-related professions

Just a note: You do not need to identify as religious or spiritual to meet with Chaplain Maggie. Chaplains meet with people from a diversity of worldviews and values.