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.  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 three very energetic sons named James, August (Augie), and Casper. 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, and a daughter, Liv. 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.

Pastor Benjamin M. Cieslik

Associate Pastor

Pastor Cieslik brings 12 years of pastoral experience to Mount Olivet, having served at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in the Twin Cities since 2010 in the roles of Associate Pastor (2010-2015), Executive Pastor (2015-2017), and Co-Lead Pastor (2017-2022). He is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary. Pastor Cieslik will oversee our digital outreach initiatives, will take primary responsibility for our Young Adult ministry, and will focus on expanding our community engagement. He will start his role at Mount Olivet on or about April 10, 2022.

Pastor Cieslik is a strong preacher, a creative thinker, and brings deep and varied leadership experience to Mount Olivet. He is particularly passionate about engaging people of all ages with the Gospel by both traditional and new means. He is married to Beth (Bevis) Cieslik, a life-long member of Mount Olivet and former Cathedral of the Pines staff member. They are parents to two beloved children: daughter Greta, and son Bjorn. Pastor Cieslik knows Mount Olivet well, having served as a Confirmation Mentor and as a participant in the Young Marrieds group along with Beth.

 

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2022 Congregation Council

Staff

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Geoff Arenson

Director of Youth Ministry

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Libby Aritt

Coordinator of Marketing & Communications

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Tricia Asuncion

Facilities Operations Manager

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Sam Balzer

Nursery Coordinator

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Jody Barbee

Operations Coordinator, West Campus

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Amanda Betz-Rolph

Co-Lead Preschool Teacher B

Jeremy Bork

Director of Programming & Communications, Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center

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Jonna Bundul

Administrative Assistant to Pastoral Care & Funeral Coordinator

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Samuel Chavezvaladez

Facilites Support, Minneapolis Campus

Beverly Claflin

Director of Worship & Music

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Bianca Davis

Preschool Aide

Sherri Dunham

Adult and Adolescent Therapist, Mount Olivet Counseling Service

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Allen Dyar

Facilities Support, Minneapolis Campus

Jackie Enestvedt

Director of Marketing and Communications

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Carl Engbretson

Youth Staff, West Campus

Kris Ericksen

Coordinator of Cathedral of the Pines Camp

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Marleny Esquivel-Martinez

Assistant Teacher Preschool C

Becky Faison

Lead Teacher Preschool B

Fredrick Ferris

MD, Mount Olivet Counseling Service

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Kris Fruetel

Assistant to the Director of Finance

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Julie Goodman

Director of Pastoral Care

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Kristi Grall

Kitchen Staff

Ron Groat

MD, Psychiatrist, Mount Olivet Counseling Service

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Laurie Hancer

Coordinator of Service and Volunteers

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Patrick Hansen

Facilities Assistant, Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center

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Tyler Hauser

Assistant to Development Director

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Anna Herd

Coordinator of Junior High Youth, Minneapolis Campus

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Alyssa Hill

Director of Preschool

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Bradley Hinz

Lead Cook, Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center

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Julia Jallo

Coordinator of Senior High Youth, West Campus

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Amanda Jenkins

Administrative Assistant to Worship & Music

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Kris Johnson

Coordinator of Membership Records

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Kristie Johnson

Coordinator of Benefits & Payroll

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Dan Kahl

Director of Operations & Site Naturalist, Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center

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Nikki Knudson-Dalal

Individual and Couples Therapist, Mount Olivet Counseling Service

612.927.7335 x 114

Annie Langseth

Director of Creative Engagement & Outreach

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Bob Larson

Facilities Support, West Campus

Theresa Latini

Executive Director of Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center

Rebecca Leahy

Co-Lead Preschool Teacher A

Jon LeBlanc

Head Chef & Culinary Director, Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center

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Tricia Lerohl-Morgan

Coordinator of Financial Records

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Stephanie McGinty

Coordinator of Pastoral Care

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Sally McNamee

Director of Culinary Services

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Katy Michaletz

Director of Children & Family Ministry

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Nancy Nash

Senior Director of Operations

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Carol Nault

Director of Membership

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Deanne Nelson

Director of Finance

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Mike Nelson

Kitchen Staff

Nancy Nelson

Coordinator of Weddings

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Rodney Nelson

Kitchen Staff

Stacy Nessett

Facilities Support, West Campus

Phillip O’Toole

Coordinator of Digital Production, Minneapolis Campus

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Macey Oliver

Coordinator of Senior High Youth, Minneapolis Campus

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Kristin Olson

Children’s Camp Coordinator and Children & Family Ministry Support

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Richard Owen

Principal Organist

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Molly Pach

Office Manager, Mount Olivet Counseling Service

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Jason Peterson

Logistics & Facilities Supervisor, Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center

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Amy Porthan

Coordinator of Children’s Faith Formation, Minneapolis Campus

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Luke Randall

Director of the Mount Olivet School of Music and the Arts, MOSOMA

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Austin Rau

Facilities Operation Assistant

Julie Reece

Operations Coordinator, Mpls Campus

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Katie Ridler

Youth Staff and Confirmation Support, West Campus

Colleen Roess

Musikgarten Coordinator

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Andrew Ruona

Facilities Support, Minneapolis Campus

Amy Nelson Strege

Accounts Payable

Sam Sanda

Youth Staff

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Pastor Linton Scott

Outreach Ministry Pastor

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Sophia Spence

Coordinator of Communications & Special Events

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Angie St. Dennis

Coordinator of Confirmation

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Jaime Stansberry

Lead Teacher Preschool A

Shelly Steinhoff

Director of Guest Engagement, Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center

952.469.2175 x 304

Thea Stevens

Receptionist, Minneapolis Campus

Katie Stevenson

Director of Stewardship & Coordinator of Adult Education

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Tarie Thomas

Preschool Aide

Sara Watne

Individual, Adolescent and Group Therapist, Mount Olivet Counseling Service

612.927.7335 x 113

Amy Wiesner

Lead Teacher Preschool C

Kristi Youngdahl

Director of Cathedral of the Pines