Our Pastors


Pastor David Lose, Senior Pastor Elect

Pastor Lose was called to be the ninth senior pastor of Mount Olivet in Nov 2016. Pastor Lose was the president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and was a member the faculty of Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) for 14 years. He is the author of Preaching at the Crossroads (2013), Confessing Jesus Christ (2003), and the popular Making Sense series of books and resources from Augsburg Fortress. Pastor Lose plans to build on Mount Olivet’s distinguished history and present strengths, he prays that Mount Olivet can be a leading light in the greater church, community, and world as we seek to share the good news of Christ in creative and compelling ways.

Pastor Dennis Johnson, Interim Senior Pastor
Pastor Johnson is a long-standing friend of Mount Olivet and also is a great administrator. He has served in a variety of leadership roles, including Interim President of Gustavus Adolphus College, Chaplain to the Minnesota House of Representatives, and parish pastor for 20 years.

Pastor Kurt Kalland, Associate
Pastor Kalland became an associate pastor at Mount Olivet Church in 1992.  Known for his gregarious personality and love of cars, Pastor Kalland is the Pastoral Adviser of Pastoral Care and various special interest groups including Motorheads, while also providing counsel and support for individuals affected by chemical dependency. 


Pastor Stephen Cornils, Associate
Pastor Cornils returned to Mount Olivet Church as an associate pastor  in 2006.  He has a passion for the outdoors and is an active bicycle enthusiast.  Pastor Cornils serves as the Pastoral Adviser for Adult Ministries and Stewardship, and pastoral director of the friends forever ministry group.

Pastor Monica Hammersten, Associate
Pastor Hammersten is a life-long member of Mount Olivet Church. She serves as the Pastoral Adviser for Fellowship Ministries, Mount Olivet Church Women, Hi-er League, Young Marrieds, Thursday Friends and Mount Olivet Friends.  In addition to her boundless energy, Pastor Hammersten has a heart for all people and great love for her church and its members, along with a deep concern for persons with special needs.

Pastor Drew Bakken, Associate
Pastor Bakken became a member of Mount Olivet's pastoral staff in 2009.  He works with youth, community outreach and a variety of social ministries including twenty somethings, men's club and young marrieds. 
  Pastor William MacLean, Associate
Pastor MacLean became a member of Mount Olivet's pastoral staff in 2013.  He works with membership, community outreach, pastoral care and a variety of social ministries including fellowship ministries, sailing ministry and men's breakfast.
  Pastor Gretchen Enoch, Associate
Pastor Enoch became a member of Mount Olivet's pastoral staff in 2013.  She is a consecrated Lutheran Deaconess of The Lutheran Deaconess Association.  She works with pastoral care, education, Mount Olivet Homes' Auxiliary and has a heart for hospitality and service.  She delights in worship leadership and Biblical studies.  she will also be leading spiritual retreats at Mount Olivet Conference and Retreat Center.  She enjoys the outdoors and adventures of many kinds.