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Mount Olivet Welcomes Two New Associate Pastors

Following a successful congregational vote at the special congregational meeting 6/17 Mount Olivet will welcome two new Associate Pastors. Pastor Ruud will start at Mount Olivet July 1, Candidate Mark Dixon will start at Mount Olivet August 1. More information about the new pastors is below.


Mount Olivet Call Committee recommends two pastoral candidates to be called as Associate Pastors 


Congregation council sets date of special congregational meeting to vote on pastoral candidates Sunday, June 17, 2018, at 12noon Mpls Campus


At a regularly scheduled meeting on May 30, 2018, the Congregation Council received the Call Committee’s unanimous recommendation to call two candidates to Mount Olivet as Associate Pastors. The Council also set the date of a special congregational meeting to vote on calling the two pastoral candidates for Sunday, June 17, 2018, at the Minneapolis Campus at 12noon. The two pastoral candidates are Charlie Ruud and Mark Dixon.

Pastor Ruud has served as a pastor in the ELCA since 2009.  A graduate of St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary, he served as Associate Pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church, Northfield, MN, from 2009-2013 and as Associate Pastor of Faith Formation and Community Development at Normandale Lutheran Church, Edina, MN, since 2013. Pending a successful congregational vote, Pastor Ruud will serve as Pastoral Advisor to Adult Ministries and Faith Formation with additional responsibilities related to Confirmation and will start at Mount Olivet on July 1.

Pastor Ruud loves connecting with people to encounter God's powerful grace in daily life in community and the often-joyful hilarity and unsettling comfort of God's relationship with us as sinner-saints. He is husband to Becky, and father to three beloved daughters: Lucy (age 9), Harriet (age 7), and Lena (age 3). He has formerly played professional baseball for the Saint Paul Saints, served as assistant baseball coach at St. Olaf College, and continues to scratch the baseball itch by playing in amateur status with the Dundas Dukes. He also enjoys music and fishing.

The second pastoral candidate is Mark Dixon. Candidate Dixon graduated from Concordia College, then earned a Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary in 2011, and expects to complete his PhD in church history from Princeton Seminary in the fall of 2018. Pending a successful congregational vote on June 17, he will be ordained this summer and will then become an Associate Pastor at Mount Olivet, starting on August 1. Candidate Dixon will serve as the Pastoral Advisor to the West Campus.

Candidate Dixon was baptized at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church in Fridley and confirmed at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Shoreview. Like many pastors, his enthusiasm for ministry was kindled by experiences as a Bible camp counselor, in his case at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp in Montana. His past ministry experiences include time spent working with youth and confirmation students at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, as a campus ministry associate at Augsburg College, and as an intern pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran in Anchorage, Alaska. His wife Mollie is a registered nurse and a former track athlete at the University of Minnesota. They have been married since 2009 and are the proud parents of two young boys, James (age 4) and August (eighteen months).

Sunday, June 17, 2018, will be an important day for Mount Olivet, and so I encourage you and all members to come to our special congregational meeting at the Minneapolis Campus at 12 noon on that day to vote on the Call Committee’s recommendation.


Call Process Update - May Messenger 2018

I have been grateful for the prayers of the congregation as we work to call new pastoral colleagues. Those prayers, I know, have been both for potential candidates that would serve well at Mount Olivet and for our pastors and staff who are putting in additional time to cover all the pastoral responsibilities while we move back to full strength.

As Pastor John Hogenson was fond of saying, “Mount Olivet is a church unlike any other.” In my year with you, I can testify to the truth of that statement! We are a large and complex church with multiple affiliated ministries and an incredible number of programs that serve both the congregation and the larger community. For this reason, I am committed to taking the time necessary to find exceptional candidates who will not only serve well in this kind of congregation but also add their gifts and experiences to strengthen our mission and ministry.

Thus far, we have called Pastor Anna Helgen who has been a stellar addition to our team. Currently, I am in conversation with several very promising candidates to fill the three available openings, including those pastors who will have primary pastoral responsibility for our West Campus. While I am hopeful that we can fill some of these positions by the early summer and perhaps all of the positions by the fall, I will continue to make identifying the best possible candidates for Mount Olivet paramount and the time necessary to do that. Thank you, again, for both your prayers and your trust.

Pastor Lose

Annual Congregation Meeting 

Sunday, February 25 at 1pm MPLS Main Sanctuary 

For More information about Pastoral Associate Anna Helgen click here.