, a nationally known expert on early childhood communication disorders, has written five books, spoken at conferences across the globe and designed the most widely used child language assessment test in the world.But for about five years, Rossetti has "sensed something churning inside," and he recently left his post as a tenured professor of communication disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to pursue a different calling.He will now serve as pastor of more than 100 parishioners at the Wausau Community Chapel, one of 56 Christian and Missionary Alliance churches in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.Rossetti, 54, found his work as an expert on small children with special needs to be fulfilling.
But after 26 years, he
was "running the risk of coasting."He
talked about his
yearning with his
wife of 30 years, Ruth, and their four daughters, and together they decided to look for something deeper, "something bigger than ourselves.And frankly, we can't think of anything bigger than ourselves than God."He
said the move from working with children who might have been born prematurely or have cognitive disorders or other disabilities is a natural step.He
understands "people in pain.I understand that people's deepest needs are not met in this world but in a spiritual realm."It's that understanding that led the Governing Board of the Wausau Community Chapel, 2125 Franklin St., to hire Rossetti, said church secretary and board member Barb Schoenherr.
...Rossetti, who has lived in Neenah for the past 15 years, was an elder in his church in Appleton, worked as an interim pastor and preached on several occasions.