College Pastor and Staff

The Office for College Ministries (CFL, room 106) is open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Stop by or make an appointment with Pastor Melissa by calling 563-387-1040.

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Director of College Ministries and College Pastor

Office: Center for Faith and Life 108

Phone: 563-387-1042


Pastor Melissa Bills received her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and she received her B.A. in religion and English from St. Olaf College. She completed her Lutheran seminary residency at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Bills received the David Allan Weadon Prize in Sacred Music at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the co-author of “Families Celebrate Advent and Christmas” and a contributor to “A Place For You Interactive Edition: My Holy Communion Book,” both published by Augsburg Fortress Press / 1517 Media.

Prior to coming to Luther, Bills served as associate pastor for First Lutheran Church in Decorah, associate pastor of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois; and pastoral intern at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois. Her ministry is dedicated to nurturing people through faith and formation journeys and to furthering the church’s role in working for social justice.

Pastor Melissa is available to students, staff, and faculty in times of crisis, change, sadness, joy, or just the happenings of everyday life. She is available for private conversation, spiritual care, and prayer.

Alexander Meszler portrait
Assistant Professor of Music

Office: Jenson-Noble 212

Phone: 563-387-1205


In 2020, Alexander completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at Arizona State University under Kimberly Marshall. He finished his Master’s in Organ Performance and Music Theory at the University of Kansas where he studied organ with Michael Bauer and James Higdon and his Bachelor’s in organ with Kola Owolabi while at Syracuse University. Before Luther College, he served as an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University and Hamilton College. With Kimberly Marshall, he is the General editor for a forthcoming online Encyclopedia of the Organ that will contain 4,000 articles about the organ.

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Program Coordinator

Phone: 563-387-1040