Meet Pastor David J. Lose, Senior Pastor Candidate

   Following months of researching, interviewing, and discussion, the Mount Olivet senior pastor call committee has unanimously recommended Rev. Dr. David J. Lose to be Mount Olivet’s ninth senior pastor. The congregation council met the candidate on October 17, enthusiastically accepted the committee’s report, and set Sunday, November 20, 2016, 1pm, Mpls Campus as the date for the congregational vote to extend a call to Pastor Lose. Mount Olivet members received an email and first-class mailing announcing Pastor Lose as the senior pastor candidate.
    As president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), Pastor Lose initiated and is helping lead the effort to unify LTSP and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. His loyalty and commitment to this merger means he will stay in his current position until its completion. His start date at Mount Olivet is to be no later than July 1, 2017. To make it possible for Mount Olivet to call Pastor Lose, I have been asked to extend my stay as your interim senior pastor. I am more than willing to continue at Mount Olivet in order to get such a gifted person to lead our great congregation. During this transitional period, Pastor Lose will be meeting with pastors and staff, speaking to members, and crafting a vision and plan for Mount Olivet so that, in his words, he will “hit the ground running.” I will be coordinating with Pastor Lose to advance this vision. – INTERIM SENIOR PASTOR DENNIS JOHNSON

About Pastor Lose: Born December 21, 1964, in Pennsylvania, Pastor Lose is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (BA), the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (MDiv, STM), and Princeton Theological Seminary (PhD). Pastor Lose has served on various boards and associations. He presently is serving as the president of  The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He is married to Karin (McNulty) Lose, and is the proud father of Jack, a sailor in the US Navy studying at the Defense Language Institute (Monterey, CA), and Katie, a junior at St. Paul Academy (St. Paul, MN). In addition to enjoying travel and trying out new restaurants, Pastor Lose is an avid Vikings fan, plays tennis, and enjoys playing board games with his kids.

Q: How did you get into ministry?  A: I am the sixth generation of Lutheran pastors in my family, spanning about 200 years of ministry. So I had plenty of examples growing up! Nevertheless, I had intended on a career in law, but both during college and shortly thereafter increasingly felt the pull to proclaim both law and Gospel as a pastor. My first weeks in seminary were confirmation that this is indeed how I wanted to spend my life and I have not looked back across nearly 25 years of ministry.

Q: How has God shaped your character?  A: From a very young age, I have felt God’s presence, providence, and protection in my life. The saying with which we grew up in our household was, “From those to whom much has been given, much is expected,” and this desire to share God’s blessings with others has shaped not just my career but my life. I feel like this life was given to us to share, even to spend, on behalf of the world God loves so much, and I look to the Scriptures for examples of how to do that most faithfully.

Q: What connection do you have with Mount Olivet?  A: I admired Mount Olivet from a distance while teaching at Luther Seminary and was grateful for several significant interactions with Pastor Youngdahl, but otherwise I am relatively new to the congregation and look forward to getting to know its rich history and present community.

Q: What would you like to share with Mount Olivet members regarding a call to Mount Olivet?  A: I feel incredibly blessed by the opportunity to lead a congregation of the stature and strength of Mount Olivet. Building on its distinguished history and present strengths, I pray that we can be a leading light in this community, larger Church, and world as we seek to share the good news of Christ in creative and compelling ways.

Comments from Others:

I am delighted to welcome Dr. David Lose to the Mount Olivet community. Dr. Lose is a scholar with a pastor’s heart and a great love for the church of Jesus Christ. – SENIOR PASTOR JOHN D. HOGENSON

I am thrilled with this recommendation to call David J. Lose to Mount Olivet. He is a highly respected national figure in the Lutheran church. As Bishop, I utilized his theological expertise for the Minneapolis Area Synod, and the pastors of the Synod always were thrilled with his presentations. – Former Bishop Pastor Craig E. Johnson

David is high energy and will be the visionary leader that Mount Olivet has seen with past senior pastors. Though David didn’t grow up at Mount Olivet, he has a lot of respect and admiration for the history and many ministries of Mount Olivet. – Dave Kroog, call committee member

I look forward to having Pastor Lose at Mount Olivet teaching all of us about new ways of looking at our faith and teaching us how faith can make a difference in our lives, which then will help us make a difference in the lives of those we meet. The Holy Spirit walked with this committee for a second time and I believe we got it right a second time.
– DORIS BUERKLE, call committee member