Dr. Albert B. Collver III is serving as the director of church relations-assistant to Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).
Prior to joining the president's staff in September 2010, Collver was the executive pastoral assistant for LCMS World Relief and Human Care, the disaster relief and mercy ministry of the Synod, for four years.
A native of Jackson, Mich., Collver received a bachelor's degree from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1993. He earned a Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Theology and a doctorate from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., in 1997, 1999 and 2001, respectively.
From 2001 to 2006, Collver served as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in DeWitt, Mich. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Concordia Seminary; Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Siberian Lutheran Church's seminary, Novosibirsk, Russia.
Collver has published numerous articles in various Lutheran publications including Logia, Concordia Journal and The Lutheran Witness. He is the author of Bible studies for God's Word for Today on Ezra, Nehemiah, Hosea, Joel and Amos, published by Concordia Publishing House.
Collver and his wife, Terra, live in Manchester, Mo., and are members of St Paul's Lutheran Church in Des Peres, Mo. They have two children.