Pastors & Staff


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.


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.


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.


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.  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

Associate Pastor

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.

Mount Olivet Congregation Council

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2020-2021 Congregation Council


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John Anderson

Facilities Support, Minneapolis Campus

Geoff Arenson

Director of Youth Ministry


Libby Aritt

Coordinator of Marketing & Communications


Tricia Asuncion

Facilities Operations Manager


Jody Barbee

Operations Coordinator, West Campus


Linda Berger

Associate Organist

Andrea Brown

Director of Pastoral Care


Jonna Bundul

Administrative Assistant to Pastoral Care


Mari Carlson

Director of Development


Beverly Claflin

Director of Worship & Music


Sherri Dunham

Adult and Adolescent Therapist, Mount Olivet Counseling Service


Jackie Enestvedt

Director of Marketing and Communications


Kris Ericksen

Coordinator of Cathedral of the Pines Camp


Fredrick Ferris

MD, Mount Olivet Counseling Service


Kris Fruetel

Assistant to the Director of Finance


Julie Goodman

Coordinator of Pastoral Care


Kristi Grall

Kitchen Staff

Ron Groat

MD, Psychiatrist, Mount Olivet Counseling Service


Laurie Hancer

Coordinator of Service and Volunteers


Tyler Hauser

Assistant to Development Director


Anna Herd

Coordinator of Junior High Youth, Minneapolis Campus


Alyssa Hill

Director of Preschool


Shannon Himango

Director of Mount Olivet Counseling Service


Julia Jallo

Coordinator of Senior & Junior High Youth, West Campus


Amanda Jenkins

Administrative Assistant to Worship & Music


Miriam Jensen

Associate Organist

Kris Johnson

Coordinator of Membership Records


Kristie Johnson

Coordinator of Benefits & Payroll


Nikki Knudson-Dalal

Individual and Couples Therapist, Mount Olivet Counseling Service


Ann LaBree

Coordinator of Pastoral Care


Bob Larson

Facilities Support, Minneapolis Campus

Theresa Latini

Executive Director of Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center

Tricia Lerohl-Morgan

Coordinator of Financial Records


Sally McNamee

Director of Culinary Services


Katy Michaletz

Director of Children & Family Ministry


Annie Moynihan

Coordinator of Senior High Youth, Minneapolis Campus


Nancy Nash

Senior Director of Operations


Carol Nault

Director of Membership


Deanne Nelson

Director of Finance


Mike Nelson

Kitchen Staff

Nancy Nelson

Coordinator of Weddings


Rodney Nelson

Kitchen Staff

Stacy Nessett

Facilities Support, West Campus

Richard Owen

Principal Organist, Minneapolis Campus


Molly Pach

Office Manager, Mount Olivet Counseling Service


Karen Pieper

Individual Therapist, Mount Olivet Counseling Service


Amy Porthan

Coordinator of Children’s Faith Formation, Minneapolis Campus


Luke Randall

Coordinator of the Mount Olivet School of Music


Julie Reece

Administrative Assistant to Operations


Colleen Roess

Director of Cherub Choir and Musikgarten Instructor, Minneapolis Campus


Andrew Ruona

Facilities Support, Minneapolis Campus

Sam Sanda

Youth Staff

Pastor Linton Scott

Outreach Ministry Pastor


Mandie Siems

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


Jessica Smith

Individual and Adolescent Therapist, Mount Olivet Counseling Service


Angie St. Dennis

Coordinator of Confirmation, Minneapolis Campus


Katie Stevenson

Director of Stewardship & Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation


Gayle Vaughan

Individual and Couples Therapist, Mount Olivet Counseling Service


Sara Watne

Individual, Adolescent and Group Therapist, Mount Olivet Counseling Service


Kristi Youngdahl

Director of Cathedral of the Pines