Interim Minister Hired for Fall 2020

September 1, 2020

Rev Allan Saugstad
Rev. Allan Saugstad

The All Souls Board announces that Rev. Allan Saugstad will be providing some ministerial services to All Souls through the end of 2020 on a contractual, “interim minister” basis.

Saugstad will be providing four sermons this fall/winter. “We may try different modes and formats for the sermon delivery, to adjust to the pandemic and find ways that work better for the congregation,” says Kevin Kolb, All Souls President. Circle discussions may also be offered. Saugstad may help fill some other duties as well.

Saugstad’s role will be similar to the role that Unitarian Universalist Rev. Ted Tollefson has played at All Souls for the last two years as regularly visiting minister from eastern Minnesota. “Rev. Ted’s work has been very appreciated,” says Kolb. Tollefson has made occasional ministerial visits to All Souls since the 1990s.

Saugstad spoke at All Souls in 2019 and has attended some services and activities. He has had ministerial experience as a chaplain and minister in another denomination, but like many who end up in a UU church, his spiritual journey has meandered.

Saugstad became the development coordinator at Glory House two years ago. In prior positions he was a gift officer at USF, an insurance and investment representative with Thrivent Financial, a hospice and hospital chaplain, a parish pastor, a teacher of as a second language in Hong Kong, and a volunteer in the McGovern presidential campaign. He is a graduate of Alcester High School, St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary; a spouse, parent, step-parent, grandparent and step-grandparent; a Capricorn, a Reiki master practitioner, # 5 on the Enneagram, and a 30+ year member of Amnesty International.

His favorite authors include Eckhardt Tolle and the Dalai Lama. He enjoys public radio (especially “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” and “The Moth Story Hour”), piano, Scrabble, and biking.