Campus Pastors and Staff

Annual "Walk to Church" at the beginning of the year.

The Office for College Ministries is led by a staff team that includes a team of campus pastors Mike Blair, Amy Larson, and David Vasquez; administrative assistant Lorraine Holthaus; Roman Catholic chaplain Phillip Gibbs; and college organist Gregory Peterson. The Body of Christ is a guiding image for our ministry together as we foster an inclusive community, celebrate diverse gifts and journeys, and share leadership.

Mike Blair

Campus Pastor

Mike Blair has served Luther College as campus pastor since 1991. Before serving at Luther he was campus pastor at Augustana College, Rock Island and Associate Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Freeport, Ill.

Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in music and psychology from Augustana College, Rock Island in 1979 and a Master's degree in Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1985. He is married to Susan Blair. 

David Vasquez

Campus Pastor

Pastor David came to Luther in August of 2001. He loves working with students as they discover their gifts, prepare for their vocation in life, and live out their faith in learning, worship, service, and action. Prior to coming to Luther, David served St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Batesville, Ind. and worked in youth ministry at First Lutheran Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Active in advocacy and study around immigration issues and youth development, Pastor David has spoken at various regional and national youth events, including serving as keynote for the ELCA Youth Gathering in Atlanta, Georgia, ELCA Global Mission Glocal events around the country, and others.

Pastor David is the author of Out of the Waters: Resisting the Power of Fear, a Bible study on the book of Exodus, published by the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services and 1 and 2 Samuel from the Books of Faith Bible Study Series by Augsburg Fortress Publishers. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Texas Lutheran University and a master's degree in divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He received his Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching (D. Min) through the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.

Pastor David is married to Dr. Karla Suomala, who teaches in the Religion Department at Luther College. They have two children, Dawit and Meheret.

Amy Zalk Larson

Campus Pastor

Pastor Amy Zalk Larson will be on Sabbatical during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Pastor Amy has served as Luther College as campus pastor since August, 2005. Before serving at Luther, Amy was Pastor of Education and Family Life at First Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, Minn.

Amy received a Bachelor of Arts in religion from Luther College in 1996 and a Masters of divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN in 2000. Amy has also studied in Zimbabwe and Tanzania. She is married to Pastor Matt Larson. They have two children.

Phil Gibbs

Father Gibbs is originally from Bernard, Iowa and graduated from Loras to go onto seminary at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Md. Ordained in 1994, Father Gibbs went on to serve as an associate pastor in two parishes. He has spent the last eight years serving the archdiocese as Director of Vocation Awareness where he worked to promote vocations and invite men to consider the priesthood.

Lorraine A. Holthaus

Administrative Assistant, College Ministries

Lorraine has been on staff at Luther since 1991. Lorraine is responsible for creating the Sunday worship and daily chapel bulletins, coordinating scheduling and travel arrangements for the pastors, serving as a secretarial resource for the Congregation Council, and supervising fifteen student workers. She is a graduate of Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lorraine and her husband, Ron, have four grown children, Julie, Chad, Shanna, and Renae, and two grandchildren, Alex and Tyler Rogers. In addition to spending time with family, she enjoys reading, traveling, baking, and entertaining.

Gregory Peterson

Associate Professor of Music and College Organist

Dr. Gregory Peterson is Head of the Music Department, Associate Professor and College Organist at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa where he teaches applied organ and church music.  He serves as College Organist and Cantor to the student congregation, playing for daily and Sunday chapel in the College’s Center for Faith and Life on the 42-stop mechanical action organ by Robert Sipe. He also conducts Luther Ringers, which he founded in 2008.

Brad Schultz

Visiting Instructor in Music

Brad Schultz teaches Ear Training, Sacred Music, and applied Organ at Luther College in addition to serving as musician for worship services in Luther's Center for Faith and Life. He holds the Master of Sacred Music degree in Organ Performance from Emory University in Atlanta, and the Bachelor's Degree from Luther College where his studies encompassed organ and tuba performance, church music and K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Music Education. He is also a frequent recitalist, conductor and educator, having recently appeared with the community Chorale of Waseca, Minnesota, his hometown, in addition to a wide spectrum of vocal, handbell and instrumental church ensembles of all ages. Brad continues to appear regularly as a collaborative artist, serving each June on the staff of the Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir.