College Pastor and Staff

"Blessed" by Vanda Drees

The Office for College Ministries is led by a staff team that includes: Vice President for Mission and Communication, Bradley Chamberlain; Wartburg Seminary student, Vicar Kathryn Thompson, office coordinator Tricia Crary; Religion faculty collaborator, Guy Nave; 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.

Tricia Crary

Office Coordinator, College Ministries

Tricia Crary began working for College Ministries in 2017. She is the point person for students and community members seeking assistance from College Ministries, supervisor for work study leaders, resource for volunteer leaders and leader for office organization, hospitality and planning. 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.

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.

Kathryn Thompson

Collaborative Ministries Seminarian

Kathryn Thompson is Vicar to Luther College since 2020.  Kathryn is seeking a Master's of Divinity degree at Wartburg Seminary and  ordination with the ELCA.  Before being called to a full-time career in ministry, Kathryn worked for nine years as a High School English teacher in Iowa and Minnesota.  Kathryn also held part-time positions at numerous churches, including Director of Children, Youth and Families at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah, Iowa, Children's Minister at United Church of Christ in Decorah, Iowa, and Music Director at People of Hope Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minnesota.  Working to offset food insecurity in the summers between teaching, Kathryn was the Director and Summer Program Coordinator for Kids Lunch Club in Decorah, Iowa, for four years.  During college, Kathryn worked three summers at Sugar Creek Bible Camp in Ferryville, Wisconsin.

Kathryn received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at St. Olaf College (2010).  Kathryn and spouse Sara Hanssen are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first child.