On August 8th, Derek and Rebecca Rosenstiel (pronounced Ro-zen-steel) moved into our parsonage and are sharing the next year of their lives with us. Derek began worship leadership on August 20, where he was installed as our newest intern. Here is some biographical information that Derek has shared with us:
“My name is Derek Rosenstiel and I was born in Monroe, WI on June 18, 1986 to Marvin and Sherry Rosenstiel. I grew up on a small dairy farm about twelve miles west of Monroe, WI where my immediate family and the family of one of my father’s siblings worked and found joy together at. I attended a Roman Catholic congregation with my grandmother and one of my aunts until I was in early elementary school when my grandmother became quite sick and could no longer drive on her own anymore. At this point my parents and I joined a small rural Lutheran church named Jordan Lutheran church outside of Browntown, WI. My passion for the Lutheran tradition of the Christian faith was ignited here and has been burning ever since.
I attended a small private Dominican college in Madison, WI named Edgewood College. Originally I declared a major in psychology alone but soon would begin to discern a call towards the ministry through the encouragement and guidance of some trusted mentors and friends. I became a campus minister in undergraduate school and was asked to serve in a leadership capacity for a few different catechesis programs in a couple of ecumenical partnering congregations in the area. I declared a double-major in religious studies (w/pre-seminary focus) and psychology.
Following graduation from undergraduate school, I had the great joy of marrying my now wife of nine years, Rebecca (Becky). I moved up to Ashland, WI with her for a few years in order for her to finish her undergraduate degree at Northland College. We then moved to Madison, WI after this and I became a program coordinator at a non-profit that provided assistance and advocacy for adults with developmental disabilities (Community Living Connections, Inc.). This job was rewarding but I still felt called to the ministry. The problem was that I did not feel worthy of the call. My wife had found a career in the library and information sciences and loved it so we felt like it was worth sticking in the area. I decided to try my hand in my lasting passion and unbreakable connection to agriculture and working with the land. This is how I chose to become a mill operator at a small livestock feed mill in Middleton, WI (Randan Agri-Service, Inc.). After all, I had worked my way through college at a different small feed mill and I loved that work there as well.
For the years I worked at the mill I greatly enjoyed my interactions with farmers, animals, and the land of my heritage. Yet, “a still small voice” continued to bother me and after much more encouragement from some of the same friends and mentors that I spoke of earlier I decided to answer my call to ministry. It was very difficult jumping into the unknown but I do not regret it in the least. I have found a deep passion for pastoral care and the ministry in general through my time at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA. I am excited to continue to discern my call and grow in my faith with so many beautiful people along this journey.
My wife and I own a home in Waunakee, WI where we live with our two cats (Benny & Nori) and hedgehog (Hamish). We are overjoyed to share that a new addition to our family is on the way, as we are expecting a child somewhere around September 6th. Everything with the pregnancy is progressing splendidly so far, and my wife has weathered this process with class and beauty as she does with every new journey in life! Becky works as a librarian at the University of Wisconsin, Madison at the Memorial Library on campus; and currently she is taking courses to get her master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences. I am very close to my family and spend a lot of time with them back on the farm and in the area I grew up in. I love running, reading, gardening, and Becky and I love camping and hiking together. We are excited to see where this internship takes us and can’t wait to continue to form new relationships with those who we will meet through this!”