A wise man built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.

MATTHEW 7:24-25


For more information on Mount Olivet's Capital Campaign contact Mari Carlson, Director of development at mcarlson@mtolivethomes.org or 612.821.3150

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Enthusiasm is building for our Mount Olivet Lutheran Church West Campus Addition.


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Dear Mount Olivet Member,

      Something big is about to happen at our West Campus that will transform church life for young and old. The decision to construct a new $14 million building at the West Campus, is a bold declaration that Mount Olivet intends to be a significant presence in the western suburbs. Carver County continues to experience rapid population growth, and we intend to meet the challenge of bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to more people by providing greater opportunities for worship, education, fellowship, and service.  We already have $8 million in gifts and pledges given for this much-needed building, including a generous $3 million gift. Good news indeed!
      The late Pastor Paul Youngdahl had the vision for establishing this expression of Mount Olivet back in 2001 when worship services began for about 13 families in the Mount Olivet Rolling Acres gym. With the on-site leadership of Pastor Ken Kotzer, the congregation grew, necessitating a new sanctuary, which was built in 2005. Worship attendance has grown to an average of nearly 600 persons per Sunday and is bulging at the seams. If it were a stand-alone congregation, our West Campus would rank among the largest Lutheran churches in the entire country. The timing is right, as there has been significant growth in our West Campus Cathedral and Senior Choirs, as well as in numbers of Confirmation, Sunday School, and  Hi-League participation.
      Now is the time to seize the moment and meet the challenge. The vision has been enlarged with a new plan that was reviewed and approved by a committee of West worshippers and is more exciting and more in tune with the potential. A campaign fundraising committee has been formed, listening sessions are being held, and materials are being prepared, all pointing to  Pledge Sunday, May 7. Catch the fever!
      West Campus worshippers who have been involved are thankful that the building plan developed several years ago was delayed, so that a new building plan could catch up with the greater vision members have chosen – a vision that is worthy of our best efforts. Please see the exciting plans on pages 4-6 that will help grow Mount Olivet’s ministry at the West Campus.

      “Dream no little dreams for they have no power to move our souls.” 
      Clayton Mathile, philanthropist and businessman

      We are grateful to hundreds of donors for gifts of all sizes already given and yet to be given! That support will have an impact for decades to come. All Mount Olivet members will be asked to add their support for this great outreach endeavor. 

Your partner in the gospel,
Pastor Dennis J. Johnson
Interim Senior Pastor


Mount Olivet is in the final phase of fund raising to complete the addition to the Minneapolis Campus. With construction slated to begin in May, the project needs over one million dollars to fully cover the cost. Our Development Office is in conversation with several potential donors to help finish the project. Please contact Mari Carlson if you can be the angel who can put us over the top. We are also seeking $400,000 to furnish the music rehearsal room, offices, library, and new classrooms for Sunday School. 

Yes, two campaigns are going on simultaneously, both part of the original campaign effort. We know people may be drawn to one or the other and, hopefully, many will support both campaigns. Some have asked about expectations for those who gave in the first campaign.  There are no specific expectations, only hopes that those who did not give to the first campaign might be moved to join in this effort. Those who gave initially might be moved to provide additional support. All gifts will enhance the values and the grace-centered and life-giving Gospel emphasis of Mount Olivet: One Church, Two Campuses.
-Pastor Dennis J. Johnson

The Mpls Campus East Addition will provide an expanded rehearsal room designed to accommodate our larger choirs and additional rooms for the growing music department. It will also provide much needed and enhanced learning spaces for Children and Family Ministries, Confirmation and Adult Learning.

Some Highlights of The Mps Campus East Addition

The rehearsal hall on level four will have an 18-foot ceiling with nine risers and ten rows of seats, which will allow the Cathedral Senior Choirs to rehearse in service formation.   

A large space for Confirmation use and Adult learning will be the large classroom totaling 2,100 SF that is directly under the rehearsal hall at level two (street level). 

The exterior design will maintain the mid-century modern expression of the existing gym, offices and classroom wing of the church.

All new rooms on the east façade of the addition will have windows to maximize the opportunity for day light into these spaces.