Rev. Dr. Brian Beckstrom

Herbert and Cora Moehlmann Chaplaincy Endowed Chair

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The Herbert and Cora Moehlmann Chaplaincy Endowed Chair

Established in 1990 through the generosity of Chaplain F. Herbert and Cora Moehlmann and Lutheran Brotherhood

Rev. Dr. Brian A.F. Beckstrom has served at Wartburg since 2009. He is currently Dean of Spiritual Life, overseeing the college’s ministry and promoting faith exploration and development in and out of the classroom.

Brian graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Religion and Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College. He completed his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees at Luther Seminary. His doctoral program focused on mission and leadership. Prior to coming to Wartburg he served a congregation in suburban Phoenix.

Pastor Brian teaches in the college’s Leadership Program and Religion Department. His writing has appeared in The Journal of Lutheran Ethics, Intersections Magazine, and on the ELCA’s Living Lutheran web site. He is currently working on a book about Lutheran Higher Education.

Known to students as “PB”, Pastor Brian loves to spend time talking about vocation, theology, faith, or just life in general. To set up a time to meet with him go to the following link:

Chaplain F. Herbert Moehlmann ’15 graduated from Wartburg Seminary in 1918 and was the first pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He entered the Army chaplaincy in 1930 and was stationed in Hawaii at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. He attained the rank of Colonel while supervising as many as 242 chaplains in the European Theater during World War II. When ill health forced his retirement in 1946, he became a visitation pastor in Winter Park, Fla., working until the age of 87. He established the Moehlmann Memorial Fund in memory of his wife, Cora.