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News and Updates



Thank you Pastor Enoch

Pastor Gretchen Enoch has submitted her resignation as an associate pastor at Mount Olivet after four years of service to our congregation. In her letter, Pastor Enoch said she was taking a time-out to think, pray,meditate, and seek God’s guidance to where she will answer his call next. While not ruling out another parish, she is also exploring specialized ministry. Pastor Enoch, in addition to general ministry, was especially effective in recovery programs, retreat ministry, leading the Mount Olivet Homes’ Auxiliary and in starting up a new group, Flying Solo. “The people of Mount Olivet have been incredibly kind and supportive.I will miss the vibrancy of our mutual ministry and the relationships and friendships we have built. I am abetter person for having served under call as a pastor at Mount Olivet.” On May 7, a coffee will be held in her honor at the Mpls Campus. On May 14, Pastor Enoch will preach her final sermon at the West Campus. We all join in thanking Pastor Enoch for sharing her many gifts with us and we wish her godspeed and great joy as she travels the road of faith and service.

Pastor Enoch Resignation Letter April 2017





Dear Mount Olivet Members and Friends:

Many of you are aware through the news media and other sources that a former employee at Mount Olivet, Erik Akervik, was arrested by the Burnsville Police Department on Monday, April 10. That day, we immediately suspended his employment and communicated this information directly to all Cathedral Choir members and their parents as well as to parents of the Chancel Choir. Based on the allegations that were released on Wednesday, we terminated his employment. We now have additional information and want to provide you with this update.

We are saddened and shocked by the information that has come to light in the past week, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims. We have also heard from several youth at Mount Olivet who have received inappropriate messages from Mr. Akervik. These incidents are being reported to the appropriate authorities. If you have information regarding this matter you may report it to Pastor Dennis Johnson, at 612-767-2252 or or to Sergeant Patrick Gast, Burnsville Police Department, at 952-895-4609 or

Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our children, as well as our entire Church community. Mount Olivet has always been a safe place for youth and we are committed to making sure it will always be. If you have any questions, please reach out to one of our Pastors; Billy Johnson, Director of Youth Ministry; or to our Mount Olivet Counseling Service.

Pastor Dennis J. Johnson
Interim Senior Pastor



Mount Olivet Members and Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I inform the members of Mount Olivet that our beloved Senior Pastor, John Hogenson, passed away on Wednesday January 4th. His death was peaceful and his dear family was with him. He was diagnosed in May 2015 with a stage 4 inoperable brain tumor. Pastor Hogenson lived much longer than doctors expected due to his indomitable spirit and determination to return to his pulpit and church. He did indeed return to speak to the congregation and staff when he knew that he could not return in a full time capacity.

He was a good friend and conversational partner to me during the past 15 months. He remained interested in the well-being of the congregation and especially gave encouragement to staff members who had experienced several key transitions during the past five years. His first question was always, "How may I help you?"

Pastor Hogenson was called to be Mount Olivet's eighth Senior Pastor in June of 2014. In Pastor Hogenson's time with us, he always put God first, reminding us through word and action that our relationship with the Lord is our number one priority. He started at Stewardship dinners by teaching us the true meaning of giving. He brought us together at Fireside Chats, asking us what makes Mount Olivet "a church unlike any other," and asking us to imagine what the future could look like. He encouraged us to come to worship-challenging us in his sermons to do things such as reconnect with someone we were in conflict with, or to come back next Sunday having read and reflected upon the scripture. He taught us that the goal of reading through the Bible was not to just get through it, rather the goal was for God to get through us.

Mount Olivet Church was blessed to have him as pastor though the time was all too brief. He had a lasting impact on the life of the congregation. Through his CaringBridge posts he continued to witness his strong faith in Christ Jesus and His saving grace. Congregants and friends were inspired by his messages of courage, hope and trust. Throughout his courageous battle he faithfully reminded us to always, "Look upward, travel onward and not be afraid."

Please pray for Ruth and the Hogenson family that God's love will surround them and give them peace.

Peace to his memory,

Pastor Dennis Johnson
Interim Senior Pastor
Cards can be sent to :
The Hogensons 
c/o Mount Olivet Church
5025 Knox Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Questions regarding care for the Hogenson family should be directed to Andrea Brown, Pastoral Care Department 612.926.7651


Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Calls the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose as Ninth Senior Pastor

On November 20, 2016, the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church congregation voted to extend a call to the REV. DR. DAVID J. LOSE to be the next senior pastor. His official start date at Mount Olivet is to be no later than July 1, 2017. Pastor Lose will be preaching at the West Campus on December 18 and at Mpls Campus Christmas Eve services 2-11pm on December 24. During the transitional period, Pastor Lose will be meeting with pastors and staff, speaking to members, and crafting a vision and plan for Mount Olivet so that, in his words, he will “hit the ground running.” Pastor Johnson will be coordinating with Pastor Lose to advance this vision. Learn More


Update on Pastor John Hogenson

Pastor John and Ruth Hogenson have asked that we share the news that John is back in the hospital. An MRI has revealed that his tumor has started to grow again and has spread to his neck and spinal cord. The Hogensons and the doctors are devising a treatment plan. They wanted us all to know and they have asked for prayers for John, Ruth, the girls and family. We will offer special prayers for healing and strength at our Prayer and Praise service this Wednesday, November 16, 10am, Mpls Campus. For Pastor’s personal message, please see his CaringBridge site.

In God’s peace,
Pastor Dennis Johnson
Interim Senior Pastor

Additional information about Pastor Hogenson can be found at


November 20, 2016
Pastor David J. Lose Preaching at Mpls Campus 9,10, 11am & 12noon
Special Congregation Meeting Mpls Campus, 1pm

The senior pastor call committee has unanimously recommended Rev. Dr. David J. Lose to be Mount
Olivet’s ninth senior pastor. All members are encouraged to come to our Minneapolis Campus at 1pm on Sunday, November 20 to cast your vote.


Call Committee Recommends Candidate for new Senior Pastor

The committee to call a new senior pastor for Mount Olivet has unanimously recommended the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose. The congregation council met the candidate on October 17, at 7pm, and enthusiastically accepted the committee’s report. Further, the council set Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 1pm, at our Minneapolis Campus, as the date for the congregational vote to extend a call to Pastor David Lose to be senior pastor.

To learn more about Pastor David J. Lose click here


Pastor David J. Lose, Senior Pastor Candidate

Pastor Lose was recommended for call by the Mount Olivet Senior Pastor Call Committee in a unanimous vote following a national search and interview process. Pastor Lose is a noted author, preacher, and theologian. He speaks throughout the US and abroad on preaching, leadership, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and biblical imagination. Learn more here

Pastoral Update from Pastor Johnson September 2016

Pastor Hogenson Highlight
One highlight of the summer included Pastor John Hogenson preaching at the Prayer & Praise service on Wednesday, July 27. This was the fulfillment of a dream Pastor Hogenson had since his cancer diagnosis. He delivered his message in grand fashion to a full house, reminding all of us to “Remember who we are – beloved children of God.”

Pastor Hogenson and his family are grateful for the many prayers and expressions of care the Mount Olivet community has provided. Updates can be found on his CaringBridge site at

Pastoral Update
PASTOR STEPHEN CORNILS and PASTOR DREW BAKKEN have been named the new pastoral leads for Mount Olivet West Campus. The decision to deploy two pastors to West was made with consideration for accelerating growth and in preparation for the capital campaign envisioned for next spring. This staffing arrangement is open-ended so that a new senior pastor will be free to implement his/her vision for the further development of the West Campus. Read More

August 2016
Can I Get a Witness?

Mount Olivet representatives at the 2016 Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly held May 6-7, 2016, were: Clyde & Lois Allen, Doris Buerkle, Martha Carlson, Curt Hokanson, Ken Jarcho, John Johnson, Paul & Mary Knutson, Gwen Ludwig, Bob Neuman, Peter Rodosovich, Les & Marilyn Sharpe, Pastor Gretchen Enoch, and Pastor Dennis Johnson.  Mary Knutson shares some of her thoughts from the Assembly. Read Reflections