Pastors & Staff

Pastors

Pastor David J. Lose

Senior Pastor

Pastor Lose became the ninth senior pastor of Mount Olivet in July, 2017. Previously, he served as president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, taught on the faculty of Luther Seminary, and served several congregations in New Jersey. He is the author of the “Making Sense” series of books and resources from Augsburg Fortress. Pastor Lose is grateful for his wife, Karin, and children, Jack and Katie. He looks forward to building on Mount Olivet’s distinguished history and present strengths so that it can be a leading light in the greater church, community, and world as we share the good news of Christ in creative and compelling ways.

612.767.2269

Pastor Kurt P. Kalland

Associate Pastor

Pastor Kalland has served as an associate pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church since 1992. Pastor Kalland is the Pastoral Adviser to the Pastoral Care Team and is happy to be known as the “Monsignor” of the Mount Olivet Motorheads group. He has been happily married to his wife, Dawn, for over 30 years, (they met at Cathedral of the Pines), and is blessed with two exceptional daughters as well as a son-in-law. Pastor Kalland remains active in the recovery community. In his free time, he enjoys cleaning automobiles, humor, shooting sports, playing outside and his work as a volunteer Chaplain for the Edina Police Department.

Pastor Monica M. Hammersten

Associate Pastor

The daughter of an Irish Catholic father and a Swedish Lutheran mother, Pastor Hammersten was raised at Mount Olivet and has served in many roles here throughout the years, being called as a pastor in June of 2008. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and Luther Seminary, Pastor Hammersten has worked as a Spanish Interpreter and a restaurant manager and owner. She currently serves as Pastoral Adviser to the Fellowship Team and our Special Needs Ministries.  She and her husband Tom have three sons:  Jack, Ben and Eli. When not at church, you’re likely to find her anywhere outdoors in God’s creation.

612.767.2230

Pastor William B. MacLean

Associate Pastor

Pastor MacLean came to Mount Olivet in May, 2012, after a career in fixed income sales and trading with U.S. Bank and Piper Jaffray.  He serves as Pastoral Adviser to Membership, Community Concern, Men’s Breakfasts, and Friends Forever, and is an enthusiastic member of the bass section of the Senior Choir. Pastor MacLean graduated from Rollins College and Bethel Seminary.  He and his wife, Laurie, live in Edina and are the parents of four grown children: Ted, Anna (Michael) Coffey, Grace (Michael) Perillo, and Julia.  Pastor MacLean is active on several local boards and considers ministry a wonderful culmination of his life and work experience.

612.767.2261

Pastor Charlie R. Ruud

Associate Pastor

Pastor Ruud joined the pastoral team at Mount Olivet in July of 2018.  Ordained in 2009, he has previously served Bethel Lutheran Church (Northfield) and Normandale Lutheran Church (Edina).  Pr. Ruud’s areas of leadership at Mount Olivet include being pastoral adviser to Adult Learning and Confirmation.  He is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary and during his time at seminary also spent 4+ yrs as a professional baseball player for the St. Paul Saints.  He and his spouse, Becky, are grateful parents to three daughters. Aside from pastoring, he enjoys playing and listening to music, all things sports-related, fishing, and sampling craft beers.

Pastor Mark J. Dixon

Associate Pastor

Pastor Dixon started at Mount Olivet in August of 2018. Previously he and his wife, Mollie, lived in Princeton, New Jersey, where he worked on his PhD in history and she worked as an RN in labor and delivery. Since their marriage in 2009, they have lived in Minnesota, Alaska, New Jersey, and Germany. The Dixons have two very energetic sons, aged two and four. Pastor Dixon serves as the Pastoral Adviser to the West Campus, and when not pastoring enjoys watching movies, cooking, and reading. He and his wife also like taking the boys to wide open fields to watch them run.

Pastor Rebecca C. Freeman

Pastor Freeman joined Mount Olivet in September 2019. Pastor Freeman brings 12 years of pastoral experience to Mount Olivet. She is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and Luther Seminary. Pastor Freeman is the Pastoral Advisor to the West Campus with Pastor Dixon, and shares responsibilities for our disability ministries programs with Pastor Hammersten. She eagerly shares that she loves God and loves people. As a Pastor, she enjoys connecting with people of all generations, walking with people on their journey of life, and helping them understand how deeply they are loved. She is married to Sedge and is a mother to two beloved children: a son, Stellan (age 10), and a daughter, Liv (age 7). Pastor Freeman was a three-sport college athlete at Gustavus and continues to love sports. She reports that her favorite things to do include spending time with family and enjoying a good cup of coffee.

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Mustefa Amante

Custodian, Minneapolis Campus

Geoff Arenson

Director of Youth Ministry

612.767.2212

Libby Aritt

Coordinator of Marketing & Communications

612.767.2203

Tricia Asuncion

Facilities Operations Manager, Minneapolis Campus

612.767.2218

Kate Belschner

Coordinator of Junior High Youth, West Campus

952.767.1502

Linda Berger

Associate Principal Organist, West Campus

Andrea Brown

Director of Pastoral Care

612.767.2209

Jonna Bundul

Administrative Assistant to Pastoral Care

612.767.2257

Mari Carlson

Director of Development

612.821.3150

Marnie Carlson

Administrative Assistant to Children & Family, Adult and Youth Ministry

612.767.2213

Beverly Claflin

Director of Worship & Music

612.767.2263

Sandy Connell

Parish Nurse

612.767.2210

Tierra Davis

Coordinator of Junior High Youth, Minneapolis Campus

612.767.2237

Jackie Enestvedt

Director of Marketing and Communications

612.767.2240

Kris Ericksen

Coordinator of Cathedral of the Pines Camp

612.767.2207

Kris Fruetel

Assistant to the Director of Finance

612.767.2229

Julie Goodman

Coordinator of Pastoral Care

612.767.2208

Laurie Hancer

Coordinator of Outreach Ministries

612.767.2267

Tyler Hauser

Assistant to Development Director

612.821.3151

Linda Healy

Director of Preschool

612.767.2216

Alec Henderson

Custodian, Minneapolis Campus

Ron Hermansen

Custodian, Minneapolis Campus

Shannon Himango

Director of Mount Olivet Counseling Center Service

612.927.7335

Jason Holman

Custodian, Minneapolis Campus

Amanda Jenkins

Administrative Assistant to Worship & Music

612.767.2277

Carlene Johnson

Executive Assistant to Pastoral Staff

612.767.2252

Kris Johnson

Coordinator of Membership Records

612.767.2253

Kristie Johnson

Coordinator of Benefits & Payroll

612.767.2249

Marcus Jones

Custodian, West Campus

Maxwell Jones

Coordinator of Children & Youth Faith Formation, West Campus

952.767.1504

Pastor Ken Kotzer

Part-Time Visitation Pastor

Ann LaBree

Coordinator of Pastoral Care

612.767.2288

Bob Larson

Custodian, Minneapolis Campus

Theresa Latini

Executive Director of Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center

Tricia Lerohl-Morgan

Coordinator of Financial Records

612.767.2255

Anne Lied

Office Manager, Mount Olivet Counseling Service

612.927.7335

Mary Lindberg

Office Manager, Minneapolis Campus

612.767.2200

Katie Marxhausen

Coordinator of Congregational Engagement

612.767.2219

Sally McNamee

Director of Culinary Services

612.767.2222

Katy Michaletz

Director of Children & Family Ministry

612.767.2245

Pastor Terry Morehouse

Radio Ministry Pastor

Annie Moynihan

Coordinator of Senior High Youth, Minneapolis Campus

612.767.2211

Nancy Nash

Senior Director of Operations

612.767.2275

Carol Nault

Director of Membership

612.767.2204

Jenny Nellis

Administrative Assistant to Fellowship

612.767.2247

Deanne Nelson

Director of Finance

612.767.2280

Mike Nelson

Kitchen Staff

Nancy Nelson

Coordinator of Weddings

612.767.2264

Rodney Nelson

Kitchen Staff

Richard Owen

Principal Organist, Minneapolis Campus

612.767.2200

Amy Porthan

Coordinator of Children’s Faith Formation, Minneapolis Campus

612.767.2285

Sarah Prescher

Parish Nurse

612.767.2235

Luke Randall

Coordinator of the Mount Olivet School of Music

612.767.2262

Julie Reece

Administrative Assistant to Operations

612.767.2260

Colleen Roess

Director of Cherub Choir and Musikgarten Instructor, Minneapolis Campus

612.767.2258

Adrian Rossing

Senior Sound Technician

Andrew Ruona

Facilities Operations Manager, West Campus

Sam Sanda

Senior High Youth Staff, Minneapolis

Pastor Linton Scott

Outreach Ministry Pastor

612.721.2588

Lynelle Shannon

Accounts Payable

612.767.2228

Katie Shepherd

Director of Fellowship

612.767.2256

Mandie Siems

Coordinator of ​Program & Communications​, Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center

952.469.2175

Angie St. Dennis

Coordinator of Confirmation, Minneapolis Campus

612.767.2244

Anna St. Dennis

Coordinator of Junior High Youth, Minneapolis Campus

612.767.2279

Katie Stevenson

Director of Stewardship

612.767.2232

Carol Throntveit

Director of Adult Learning

612.767.2246

Chelle Urabe

Librarian

612.767.2266

Gayle Vaughan

Individual and Couples Therapist, Mount Olivet Counseling Service

612.927.7335

Gemechis Wakwaya

Custodian, Minneapolis Campus

Sara Watne

Individual, Couples & Group Therapist, Mount Olivet Counseling Service

Dunfa Werti

Custodian, Minneapolis Campus

Kristi Youngdahl

Director of Cathedral of the Pines

612.767.2215

Pastor Michael Zacher

Part-Time Visitation Pastor