Dean of Students and Community Life
Expertise: Spiritual direction and formation; student assessment; worship leading and planning
At North Park since: 2007
Students’ experiences at North Park Theological Seminary are bookended by conversations with Rev. Debra Auger. She welcomes new students for orientation, and guides graduating students in the Call to Ministry process. “Orientation is about developing a sense of hospitality for all students, and creating a place of welcome,” Rev. Auger says.
Similarly, when students are nearing completion of their degree program, Rev. Auger meets with each student to hear their story so that she can advocate for them with Evangelical Covenant Church conference superintendents in the call process. “In these conversations, I am seeking to find out if they’re where they need to be to enter ministry well,” Rev. Auger says, “helping them develop their ECC ministry profiles transition from seminary student to ministry leader.”
In her role at North Park, Rev. Auger walks alongside students to help create a culture of balance and a well-integrated whole life, she says. “My position takes my administrative skill and my interest in spirituality, prayer, and formation, which I get to use in creative ways.”
Dean Auger appreciates having the opportunity to foster students’ healthy habits and community life. “At North Park, students get a rigorous theological education, but it’s about more than academia,” she says. “It’s about taking what you’re learning and incorporating that into all of who you are, so you become not just a more capable theologian, but a person who more deeply lives out the gospel.”
Currently a candidate for a doctor of ministry in spiritual formation and direction at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Rev. Auger is a spiritual director and is ordained to word and sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She previously served as a faculty member and director of ministry arts at Covenant Bible College in Ecuador. Dean Auger teaches a core spiritual formation course, Embodiment, and chairs the Seminary’s Women in Ministry and Pastoral Care committees.
- MDiv, North Park Theological Seminary
- BS, Physical Education, Mankato State University