College Pastors and Staff

Pastor Mike and Pastor Anne lead the Luther community in outdoor worship.

The Office for College Ministries is led by a staff team that includes: college pastors Mike Blair, Anne Edison-Albright; administrative assistant Tricia Crary; Roman Catholic chaplain Don Hertges; 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

College 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. 

Anne Edison-Albright

College Pastor

Anne Edison-Albright has been a college pastor at Luther since 2016. She previously served as pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Stevens Point, WI. She has also served as a hospital chaplain, a pastoral intern at the international congregation in Bratislava, Slovakia, and a summer missionary/English teacher in Chu Zhou, China. Before becoming a pastor Anne was a high school English and English as a Second Language teacher in Houston, TX.  

Anne received Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI (2003) and an MDiv from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT (2008). She’s married to Sean Edison-Albright and mom to Walter and Sally. 

Tricia Crary

Administrative Assistant, College Ministries

Tricia Crary began working for College Ministries in 2017. She is responsible for coordinating the clerical work of the office, supervising student workers, and providing resources for the Pastors and student leaders. Before joining College Ministries, Tricia worked at the South Winn Veterinary Clinic.

Tricia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Luther in 2012. She’s married to Bj Crary and mom to Bailey & Teagan.

Donald Hertges

Gregory Peterson

Professor of Music and College Organist

Dr. Gregory Peterson is Head of the Music Department, Associate Professor and College Organist at Luther College where he teaches applied organ and church music. He serves as College Organist and Cantor to the student congregation, playing for daily chapel and Sunday worship 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.

Amalia Vagts

College Ministry Intern

Amalia Vagts is a 1995 Luther grad with majors in Religion and English. For 10 years she served as Executive Director for Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, serving as an advocate for GLBTQ+ pastors and seminarians and working to build a more just, equitable and inclusive church. Amalia began her studies at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque in 2017. She is serving in a collaborative internship this year with Luther College and congregations in Elkdaer and Strawberry Point, IA. Amalia and her spouse, David Lester, live in Decorah.

Shayla Van Hal

Visiting Instructor in Music

Shayla Van Hal is serving as a Visiting Instructor in Music while Dr. Gregory Peterson is on sabbatical for Fall 2019. She is acting as Interim College Organist and Cantor to the student congregation, where she plays for daily chapel and Sunday worship in the Center for Faith and Life. She is a 2016 alumna of Luther College and recently received her MM in Church Music and Organ from the University of Kansas, where she is continuing her doctoral work in Organ Performance.