Lutheran Center Leadership


The Lutheran Center is led by Deanna A. Thompson, a nationally recognized expert on interfaith dialogue and worship practices. Thompson is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from Martin Luther and feminism to the intersections of cancer, trauma, and faith, and what it means to be the church in the digital age. She is author of five books, including Crossing the Divide: Luther, Feminism, and the Cross; The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World; and most recently, Glimpsing Resurrection: Cancer, Trauma, and Ministry.

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Staff Contact Information

Dr. Deanna Thompson | Director 507-786-3118

Fiona Carson | Administrative Assistant 507-786-3872

Advisory Council 

The Advisory Council provides counsel and advice concerning the Center’s mission, vision, strategic plan, partnerships and impact. The Council includes members of the St. Olaf community and external partners.
Advisory Council Members

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee provides guidance on the Center’s day-to-day operations. The Committee includes St. Olaf faculty, staff and students.
Steering Committee Members