Campus Pastors and Staff

Pastors and worship assistants lead the procession on Walk to Church Sunday.

The Office for College Ministries is led by a staff team that includes: campus pastors Mike Blair, Judd Larson, and Marion Pruitt-Jefferson; administrative assistant Daniel Grainger; 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. 

Judd W. Larson

Interim Pastor

Rev. Judd Larson ’74, received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Luther College and a Master’s of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. Larson served as pastor in congregations in Iowa, Wisconsin, and most recently, Duluth, MN, before retiring to Decorah. He is married to Rev. April Ulring Larson ’72, Bishop Emerita of the La Crosse Area Synod ELCA and currently serving as interim pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Decorah, Iowa. The Larsons are parents of Katie Larson Ode ’01, Amy Larson Calhoun ’01, and Ben Larson ’06. Two trees in the Valder’s courtyard were given by Nordic Choir alumni in memory of Ben who died in the Haiti earthquake.

Marion Pruitt-Jefferson

Interim Pastor

Pr. Marion graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA with a music major and attended seminary at The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She served the Lutheran Church in America as a teaching missionary in Kumamoto, Japan. Pr. Marion was ordained in Decorah at First Lutheran Church, where she served as both pastor and church musician for 16 years. She is married to John Jefferson, who teaches chemistry at Luther. Together, Marion and John have eight children and three grandchildren.

Daniel Grainger

Administrative Assistant, College Ministries

A native of Decorah and 2012 Luther alum, Daniel began working for College Ministries in 2016.  In addition to welcoming students and visitors, Daniel is responsible for coordinating the clerical work of the office, including developing worship bulletins, scheduling and travel arrangements, supervising student workers, and providing secretarial resources for the Pastors, Congregational Council, and other student leaders.  Prior to joining College Ministries, Daniel worked in marketing and public relations for Camp Ewalu and then Thrivent Financial.  Daniel’s wife, Allie (Johnson) ’13, teaches Early Childhood Education in Decorah.

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.

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 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 a musician for worship services in Luther's Center for Faith and Life. He holds a Master of Sacred Music degree in Organ Performance from Emory University in Atlanta, and a 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. He has 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.