Vision Partners: Ruth & Ken Jarcho

Spend five minutes talking with Ken and Ruth Jarcho about Mount Olivet, and you will feel their infectious passion for their church and its affiliated ministries. For nearly 60 years, the Jarchos have lived their faith as loyal and active Mount Olivet members – beginning as a young couple with two little girls, Kim and Kathy, living at 53rd and Knox and continuing even after moving to Minnetonka and later to Eden Prairie. They enthusiastically plunged into church activities and never stopped!

Ruth taught Sunday School and Confirmation, volunteered at the reception desk, served as president of the Mount Olivet Homes’ Auxiliary, served on the Congregation Council when Ken rotated off, has been a volunteer cook at Cathedral of the Pines (since 1964!), and currently is a Mount Olivet Careview Home board member. “I just love that place,” says Ruth. “It has such a great feeling.”

Ken serves on the Congregation Council (since the 80s!) and has been an usher for 25 years (granddaughter Nicole now ushers too). Ken also has helped Ruth in the camp kitchen for 15 years and Nicole has joined them recently.

The Jarchos are leaving gifts in their estate plan for church, camp, and Careview. “God has blessed us, and we want to share our blessings with these wonderful organizations,” says Ken. “We are using our IRAs to make the gifts because they will be taxed heavily and are much harder to pass on to our family.” Ruth adds, “There is always a need in the Mount Olivet family, which is something we love, and there is no better place than Mount Olivet for building for the future.”

We are grateful to the Jarchos for their support in every way. To learn more about the many ways to make a difference, contact Mari Carlson at or 612.821.3150.

Capital Campaign Update

We are incredibly grateful for the generous pledges and gifts received to date for our capital campaign, Building on a Strong Foundation – with Christ as Our Rock. We also appreciate donors who made planned gifts totaling
$1.5 million as part of their campaign gift. Below are updates to the campaign numbers.

Pledges and Gifts

Original Goal


Pledges & Outright Gifts



Funds Received



Designated gifts for the Minneapolis Front Entrance, Elevator, Kitchens, and Parking Lot projects in the amount of $2,900,000 have been received and expended. Designated gifts in the amount of $1,250,000 for the West project and $1,200,000 for the East addition have also been received, and are being held for those projects.

Expenses To Date


Minneapolis Front Entrance, Elevator, Kitchens, Parking Lot (completed) *


West Project (expenses to date) **


East Addition (expenses to date) **


Redeemer Lutheran Church Gift


Total Expenses


Received Funds Remaining


Pledge Payments Outstanding


*  Due to heavy rains, major delays, shortages and increased prices for materials, a new chiller, and updating the Fellowship Hall, the cost for the first phase of construction increased from $6.5 million to $8.5 million.

**The West Campus Project and the East Addition have committees reviewing the plans, and new cost estimates will be announced this spring. The Congregation Council will have final authority to approve all plans.

Pastor Dennis Johnson      Tom MacNally                             Mari Carlson

Interim Senior Pastor           Chief Operating Officer          Director of Development

612.767.2252                            612.767.2231                              612.821.3150