Rev. Rachel (Riggle) Rosendahl received her M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2015, was ordained as a teaching elder on February 12, 2017 and moved to Winona to begin her first call to ministry at Grace Presbyterian Church.
“It’s a great fit” she says “I was welcomed right away as part of the family. And I couldn’t imagine being anyplace else.”
Pastor Rachel has a great sense of humor, a personable demeanor, and is dedicated to preaching Word and offering Sacrament. “Word and Sacrament are a unique gift the Church can offer that you can’t find anywhere else.” Pastor Rachel sees this as her call to ministry; “Ministry is about finding the beauty in brokenness. The world has plenty brokenness. Ministry is about pointing out the places God is already hard at work in our lives, in our communities, and in our larger society. As broken as we are in this world, God still uses us to build God’s Kingdom. No matter how broken we may feel, our God loves us enough to redeem us through the life, death, and resurrection Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Pastor Rachel leads worship each Sunday bringing the Biblical message into our daily lives and helping folks to see how the Gospel plays out even in today’s complex society. Her special joy of ministry is using music to bring the gospel to life. No music is off limits!! She has brought in popular music from Mumford and Sons to Johnny Cash and everywhere in between to worship. “Trust me; God’s voice is everywhere, yes, even on the radio.”
“All are welcome in this place. Because we are unconditionally loved by God, we are called to do the same in thought, word and deed with our family, community and world.”