Rahberg is a husband and father of two who serves the Christian Church by supporting its leaders. He creates experiences and resources that help lay and ordained men and women meet the challenges of ministry, learn from them, and become more effective Christian leaders.

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Through spiritual direction, individual and group ministerial reflection, and writing, Sam companions Christian leaders as they re-discover the sense of calling and giftedness at the heart of Christ-centered ministry.


Samuel has served as the Director of the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery since 2010 and was the Associate Director from 2005-2010. He is an Oblate of St. Paul’s Monastery and orchestrates the Sisters’ ecumenical retreat ministry, collaborating with talented people to help others draw on the wisdom of the Benedictine monastic tradition. Samuel also serves as an adjunct supervisor for the spiritual direction preparation program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, where he trained as a spiritual director.

From 2000-2005 Samuel served as a Director of Christian Education for a Lutheran parish in St. Paul. He holds an M.A. in Theology from Saint John’s School of Theology•Seminary and a B.A. in Parish Education and Administration from Concordia University, Saint Paul. He completed the Foundations of Christian Leadership program sponsored by Duke Divinity. In 2013 he was selected as a New Contemplative by Spiritual Directors International.

Select Publications

Enduring Ministry: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Leadership (Liturgical Press, 2017)

The Gospels in Poem and Image with Natalie Rahberg (Aetos Publications)

Mark 2017 | Luke 2018 | John 2016 | Matthew coming 2019

Ice Break: Collection of Poems
(Aetos Publications, 2019)

Touchstones: Experiences in Nature as Encounters with the Divine (Presence Journal, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018)

VIDEO: SDI Learns from Yvonne Prowse and Samuel Rahberg (Spiritual Directors International, Nov. 2017)

Spiritual Direction: What Are You Talking About? (Benedictine Center, 2017)

Befriending Your Limits, (Faith & Leadership, Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, 2017)

How To Foster A Healthier Year In Ministry, (Faith & Leadership, Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, 2016)

The Importance of Spiritual Imagery and Experiences for Contemplatives Approaching Forty, Co-authored with Rachel Twigg Boyce (Presence Magazine, 2015)

TheWayForward_coverIlluminating MinistryEditor for The Way Forward: A Collection of Benedictine Inspirations by Victor Klimoski (Aetos Publications, 2014)

“Listening” in Illuminating Ministry: A Journal, Volume 3 (Liturgical Press, 2014)

Leaning into the Future: A Study of the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery (The American Benedictine Review, 2014)

The Future of Benedictine Retreat Ministry: An Adaptive Challenge for St. Paul’s Monastery (Benedictines Magazine, 2012)

Specialties and Interest

Samuel is an established nonprofit leader with experience in retreats, pilgrimage, and Christian education. He values listening, integrity, and helping a good mission become reality.

His specialties include spiritual direction, ministerial wellness, writing, nonprofit management, Benedictine spirituality, program design and implementation, personal and group retreats, spiritual formation, online communications.

Among many loves, he is most interested in parenting well, woodland stewardship, fly fishing, family camping, fitness, pilgrimage, genealogy, reading theology, and home improvement.

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