Mount Olivet Celebrates 100 Years!

Centennial Celebration

How many pastors has our church had? Who directed the first choir? Where did the first services take place? Are there living family members that remember stories from those early days?  Where did our logo come from? And… did you know that Reuben and Ruth Youngdahl entertained the entire growing congregation at their home on Lake Harriet Boulevard for many years?

Ever wonder about these and other Mount Olivet facts, figures, and stories? Well, beginning on Rally Sunday, September 8, 2019, at our all congregational kick-off, we will be reminiscing about the rich history of our church as well as looking forward to our next century of service. Celebrations begin this coming fall and culminate in fall of 2020 – a full year of giving thanks for all God has done in and through Mount Olivet and looking ahead in anticipation for what God will continue to do.

The Mount Olivet Centennial Committee is hard at work planning a full year of worship experiences, educational opportunities, fun activities, and service-oriented outreach events. Our goal is to share the wonderful story of Mount Olivet far and wide so as to inform our members and the larger community of the deep-rooted history of a congregation that has been active and dynamic over the past century. Our goal is also to lay the foundations for a second century of service and growth.

We are a congregation that believes God is at work forming us into the people and community the world needs us to be. Founded on January 11, 1920, Mount Olivet today has 15,000 baptized members, over 250 high school students in the Cathedral Choir, two campuses, and six affiliated ministries. Grateful for our past, and focused on the future God is already fashioning, we are excited to welcome you to share our 2020 Vision for a wonderful Centennial celebration!

Mount Olivet Centennial Block Party

Rally Sunday, September 8, 2019

Join us in between services at both campuses to kick off our 100th year celebration! This event is free and will include food, games, face painting, and more! Please join us!

If you’d like to volunteer for the Block Party at the Mpls Campus click here.

If you’d like to volunteer for the Block Party at the West Campus click here.


Anniversary Sunday

Mount Olivet was Founded on January 11, 1920.

On Sunday, January 12, 2020 we will celebrate this anniversary during our regular worship services at both campuses with festive music, choirs, and elements that celebrate Mount Olivet’s myriad of ministries as well as it’s deep tradition of Gospel based worship services.


Orchestra Hall Worship Service

Join us at Orchestra Hall for worship Sunday, November 15, 2020 to show gratitude for the past and look forward to the next 100 years of Mount Olivet!


There will be many opportunities to take part in Mount Olivet's Centennial Celebrations. The Block Party is the first one! Consider volunteering for an hour on Sunday, September 8, 2019. There will be something for everyone to do!

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