Luther College names new college pastor

Luther College President Paula J. Carlson has announced the appointment of Anne Edison-Albright as college pastor at Luther. She will join College Pastor Michael Blair in Luther's Office for College Ministries starting Aug. 15.

"Pastor Edison-Albright brings gifts as a preacher, educator and writer to her ministry in the Luther community as well as a deep commitment to the witness of the church in the world," said President Carlson. "I look forward to welcoming her to our vibrant community of faith and learning."

Edison-Albright has served as pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, since 2010. During her time at Redeemer Lutheran, the congregation was honored with the 2015 Portage County Hunger and Poverty Prevention Partnership Award. In 2014, Edison-Albright was awarded the Beatitudes Society's J. Philip Swander Brave Preacher Award.

Edison-Albright earned a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and completed her Lutheran Year formation at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She completed her pastoral internship at Bratislava International Church and taught religion at a bilingual Lutheran high school in Bratislava, Slovakia. She was ordained in 2010.

Edison-Albright is a coach for congregational renewal in the East Central Synod of Wisconsin, a "Family Matters" columnist for the ELCA's Gather magazine, a content reviewer for Sparkhouse and their "Whirl" Sunday school curriculum, and a writer for "Sundays and Seasons," published by Augsburg Fortress.

She is a member of a north-central Wisconsin interfaith clergy caucus and the East Central Synod of Wisconsin World Hunger/Global Mission task force. She serves as a clergy representative on the United Way of Portage County Emergency Food and Housing Board and as an advisory board member for the Lutheran Office of Public Policy in Wisconsin.

Edison-Albright used her Spanish language skills in her work as a hospital chaplain and as a high school teacher. She completed a chaplain residency at a Level 1 Trauma Center in 2009. From 2003-05, Edison-Albright taught 9th and 11th grade English and English as a second language as a Teach for America corps member at Lee High School in Houston, Texas.

Edison-Albright holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University with majors in English and journalism and a teaching certificate from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

As a college pastor, Edison-Albright will be available to all within the Luther community for conversation, reflection, vocational discernment and counseling. College pastors offer Bible studies with the assistance of student leaders, mentor student groups and are active in the Decorah and broader faith community.

"Pastor Anne brings many gifts that will enrich College Ministries and the Luther community," said Pastor Michael Blair, "including her deep sense of call, theological imagination, global experience in ministry and teaching, and energizing rapport with college students. I am deeply grateful for the faithful work of Andrew Last and the call committee who have given generously of their time over the past year to call a new pastor to the Luther community."

College Ministries enriches Luther's partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by serving as a link between the Luther community and congregations, pastors, youth directors, synods and ELCA organizations. At the core of College Ministries is the Luther College Student Congregation. Students work in partnership with the college pastors to provide a rich range of ministries and opportunities for students to explore their faith, build community and discern their particular gifts and calling for leadership and service.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website:

Pastor Anne Edison-Albright