Staff Updates

Pastor Stephen Cornils

Pastor Cornils has announced his plans for a phased retirement from Mount Olivet, beginning with a move to 50% time as of Jan 1, and retirement in June. Pastor Lose said, “I am grateful that we will have this extended time of Pastor Cornils’ leadership, so we can reap the benefit of his experience and wisdom, appropriately celebrate and give thanks for his ministry, and plan well for this transition.”

Anna Helgen, Pastoral Associate

In December, the elected Call Committee shared with the Congregation Council its unanimous decision to recommend to the Mount Olivet congregation that Anna Helgen be called to serve as an associate pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church. The Congregation Council met with the candidate and received the committee’s recommendation. The congregational vote to extend a call to Anna Helgen to be an associate pastor will take place at the regularly scheduled Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at 1pm at the Minneapolis Campus.

Candidate Anna Helgen earned a Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary in 2016. She has previous ministry experience at various Lutheran congregations around the Twin Cities with particular focus on education and youth ministry and has also written curriculum for Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. Shaped by her experiences growing up in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (48th & France) and by her work as a camp counselor in Montana and as a canoe guide at Wilderness Canoe Base near Grand Marais, she feels a profound sense of God’s call to serve others and seeks opportunities to form relationships and build community. She grew up in Edina, and currently lives in St. Paul with her husband, Kurt Aschenbeck, and son, Berney (15 months).

Currently, candidate Anna Helgen will serve Mount Olivet as a pastoral associate until, pending a successful congregational vote to call her on February 25, she will be ordained in March and will then become an associate pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church. During this time, she will exercise all pastoral duties that do not require ordination, including preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. Welcome Pastoral Associate Anna Helgen!

Getting to Know Pastoral Associate Anna Helgen

What are you excited about at Mount Olivet?

I’m drawn to Mount Olivet’s vibrant worship, strong music, and dynamic preaching, and I am excited to be a part of a community that fosters relationships across generations – there is something for everyone here! I’m looking forward to spending time at Cathedral of the Pines Camp and discovering the many ways this congregation nurtures all generations in their lives of faith. Mount Olivet has strong connections within the community and I’m eager to learn more about these partnerships and affiliated ministries. I’m thrilled at the opportunity to serve at this congregation and collaborate with others.

What do you love about being a pastor?

I love that every day of ministry is different – it’s always an adventure. One of my favorite things about being a pastor is helping people discover their God-given gifts and creating opportunities for people to use those gifts in service to their neighbor. I enjoy accompanying children, youth, and adults on their faith journeys as they marvel at creation and wonder about God’s activity in the world. What I love most about being a pastor is being invited to bring the presence of God into people’s lives in moments of suffering and joy. It’s a wildly humbling vocation!