Mount Olivet Members and Friends,
It is with a heavy heart that I inform the members of Mount Olivet that our beloved Senior Pastor, John Hogenson, passed away on Wednesday January 4th. His death was peaceful and his dear family was with him. He was diagnosed in May 2015 with a stage 4 inoperable brain tumor. Pastor Hogenson lived much longer than doctors expected due to his indomitable spirit and determination to return to his pulpit and church. He did indeed return to speak to the congregation and staff when he knew that he could not return in a full time capacity.
He was a good friend and conversational partner to me during the past 15 months. He remained interested in the well-being of the congregation and especially gave encouragement to staff members who had experienced several key transitions during the past five years. His first question was always, "How may I help you?"
Pastor Hogenson was called to be Mount Olivet's eighth Senior Pastor in June of 2014. In Pastor Hogenson's time with us, he always put God first, reminding us through word and action that our relationship with the Lord is our number one priority. He started at Stewardship dinners by teaching us the true meaning of giving. He brought us together at Fireside Chats, asking us what makes Mount Olivet "a church unlike any other," and asking us to imagine what the future could look like. He encouraged us to come to worship-challenging us in his sermons to do things such as reconnect with someone we were in conflict with, or to come back next Sunday having read and reflected upon the scripture. He taught us that the goal of reading through the Bible was not to just get through it, rather the goal was for God to get through us.
Mount Olivet Church was blessed to have him as pastor though the time was all too brief. He had a lasting impact on the life of the congregation. Through his CaringBridge posts he continued to witness his strong faith in Christ Jesus and His saving grace. Congregants and friends were inspired by his messages of courage, hope and trust. Throughout his courageous battle he faithfully reminded us to always, "Look upward, travel onward and not be afraid."
Please pray for Ruth and the Hogenson family that God's love will surround them and give them peace.
Peace to his memory,
Pastor Dennis Johnson
Interim Senior Pastor
Questions regarding care for the Hogenson family should be directed to Andrea Brown, Pastoral Care Department 612.926.7651