Rev. Albertin graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from Concordia Sr. College, Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1972. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in Exile, St. Louis, in 1976, a Master of Sacred Theology from Christ Seminary, Seminex, St. Louis in 1978, and a Doctor of Ministry from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1995.
Rev. Albertin was ordained into the ministry in 1978 and has served over 40 years in these positions: Assistant Pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Indianapolis, 1978-80, Pastor at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN, 1980-1998, and at Christ Lutheran Church, Zionsville, 1998 - 2018. Rev. Albertin has served in various leadership positions in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, including Synod Council, Synod representative on the Lutheran/Methodist dialogue and 2001 ELCA Assembly. In the Northeast and Greater Indianapolis Conferences, he served as conference Dean for ten years and pastor of record in several congregations. He served as Interim Pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church, West Lafayette in 2019. He continues to provide pulpit supply for various congregations throughout the synod.
Over the years of his ministry, Rev. Albertin has written hymns, dramas and published several collections of sermons. He has served over ten years on the board of the Crossings Community – St. Louis and written numerous articles for them. Most recently he has produced a ten-part video series for Crossings intended for church leaders entitled “Faith Seeking Understanding.” Rev. Albertin is devoted to the distinction between Law and Gospel when it comes to doing ministry and living life. He is a devoted fan of the Green Bay Packers.
Rev. Albertin and his wife Ann Diefenthaler have five grown children between them.
Gavin Craig earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Indianapolis, where he studied classical saxophone performance, conducting, and solo voice. Gavin is currently working toward his MM in Choral Conducting at Butler University. In addition to his work as a conductor, he frequently performs as a bass-baritone in ensembles throughout Indianapolis, such as Blue Rose Barbershop Quartet, Trinity Episcopal Church Choir, and University Heights United Methodist Church Choir. He also plays the saxophone in the Arthur Jordan Saxophone Quartet, the Gavin Craig Jazzsperience, and the Sound Ecologies jazz combo.
Gavin has a passion for community service and outreach. He has worked as a farmer since 2019 at community gardens throughout the Indianapolis metropolitan area with a goal to address inequity in urban food systems, as well as to protect our native ecological systems.
Mark is so pleased, and honored, to be the organist of Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Being the son of a minster, he is used to serving God through the ministries of the church and is excited to see what our Lord has in store here at Pilgrim.
Mark went to Butler University, studying organ as primary and voice as secondary, and has been the Director of Music/ Organist in several churches in Indiana and Florida. While enjoying and loving all aspects of church music and life, the organ, its literature and the instrument, is his favorite. Through the years, he has played violin, clarinet, piano, handbells and percussion. He has sung in the Indiana Symphonic Choir and has soloed for several area churches. He has also worked as a floral designer, off and on, for many years.
He works with and collects antiques, fountain pens, numerous types of pottery and vase, loves to read and collects various kinds of antiquated books. He enjoys numerous things…would you like to know what they include? Just ask him.
Kevin is the handbell director for Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Growing up, Kevin played the clarinet from the time he was a young boy all the way through his college years. He was a member of various concert bands at Purdue University, and studied with Michael Borschel of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. After college, Kevin put down the clarinet and began singing. Through it all, he also has played handbells for over 30 years. In 2000 Kevin made the transition from ringer to handbell director and in 2009 he formed Pilgrim’s youth handbell choir. “Bells offer a unique musical opportunity as well as an enhancement for our worship,” says Kevin. “As we move forward, I hope to expand our bell choirs and continue this offering that our congregation has so warmly embraced."
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Indiana. Kevin worked in the automotive industry for 13 years before moving to Roche Diagnostics in 2007.
Kevin and his wife Tammy live in Fishers with their two children, Aaron and Amanda.
Amy was a teacher at Pilgrim Lutheran Preschool for 18 years before she became the director for the 2016-2017 school year. Amy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University. She was married to her husband Todd shortly after graduating, and they have two adult daughters. Their daughters attended preschool at Pilgrim Lutheran Preschool, and it was at this time that Amy began teaching here.
Amy also has worked in recent years at the Speedway Public Library, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Outside of her life at Pilgrim, Amy enjoys reading, attending concerts, and spending time with her family.
As the assistant treasurer for Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Donna performs the monthly, quarterly, and year-end financial duties at the direction of the treasurer to the Board of Directors.
Donna and her husband Kyle have been Carmel residents since 1992. She has been a member of the Pilgrim staff since 2004. They have two grown children.
Alison joined the staff at Pilgrim in 2021. She is married to Joe and is a native Hoosier. Alison and Joe have two grown children and are recently empty nesters. Ball State University is her alma mater, as well as both of her kids.
Hiking, boating, working in her flower beds are a few things that Alison enjoys. She is active at her church and on various committees in Westfield.