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Joseph Crippen

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PASTOR: THE REV. JOSEPH G. CRIPPEN

 


The Rev. Joseph G. Crippen is Mount Olive’s seventh pastor, having begun his service in October of 2010. Pr. Crippen grew up in Worthington, in southwestern Minnesota, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Prior to seminary, he served as youth director at St. Philip’s in Hastings and as intern at Luther Memorial in Syracuse, Neb. After receiving his Master of Divinity degree at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Joseph served as pastor of Our Savior’s in Cleveland, Minn., and St. John’s in Northfield. He is active in the ministry of the greater church in both its synodical and church-wide expressions, and served a term on the ELCA’s Church Council from 2001 to 2007.

Joseph is married to Mary Crippen, a human resources specialist and trainer for Ziegler, Inc., in Bloomington. They have four children. Hannah works in Minneapolis, Martha and Rachel are in college, and Peter is in high school. Pr. Crippen loves reading fiction, watching movies of almost all genres, and enjoys an exceptional cup of tea. He is passionate about preaching the love of God for all and serving the Church as it seeks to be faithful to its mission. His blog, “In the Center of All Things,” is at http://josephcrippen.blogspot.com/.

pastor@mountolivechurch.org

 

 

David Cherwien   CANTOR: DAVID CHERWIEN


Not only is David Cherwien among the Twin Cities’ most celebrated organists and choral directors, his service to the greater church is spread across the country through his frequent leadership at hymn festivals and workshops, guest appearances and published work. Dave became Mount Olive’s third cantor in 2001 and artistic director of the National Lutheran Choir in 2002. His passion is for congregational singing, inspired by predecessor and mentor, Paul Manz. Dave’s masterful improvisations and creative approach to hymns frequently elevate congregational singing to a transformational experience.

 

A Twin Cities native (although born in Iowa), Dave has held church music positions in Chicago, Seattle and Berlin, and faculty posts at Gustavus Adolphus and Elmhurst colleges and at Luther Seminary. He holds degrees in organ performance, music theory and composition, and choral music education and has studied in Germany and France. Dave is married to the noted hymnist Susan Palo Cherwien. They live in St. Louis Park. Dave also loves cars—some classic, some not. He has owned more than 60 of them (usually one at a time).

Cantor@mountolivechurch.org

 

 

Donna Neste   NEIGHBORHOOD MINISTRIES COORDINATOR: DONNA NESTE


Donna Pususta Neste grew up in a working-poor family and has retained a deep understanding of the struggles and obstacles that confront so many of our parish’s closest neighbors. In her more than two decades of work at Mount Olive, Donna has made a huge impact on the lives of countless children and poverty-stricken young families. She aims to instill a sense of hope, to guide good decisions, to make use of peoples’ gifts and to assure them of God’s love and grace.

Donna sees education and non-violence as key factors in helping disadvantaged children avoid gangs and find fulfilled, productive lives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota and lives in the Phillips neighborhood on the near south side of Minneapolis.

Neighborhood@mountolivechurch.org

 

 

Cha Posz   ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:
CHA POSZ


Cha Posz has been a talented and cheerful servant of Lutheran congregations for more than 20 years, serving as an associate in ministry, church musician, youth director, synod worship committee member and parish administrator. She began her service at Mount Olive in 2001, drawn in part by her love for liturgy and music. Cha attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. She and her husband, Kurt, and two children live in New Brighton.

welcome@mountolivechurch.org

 

 

William Pratley

  SEXTON: William Pratley


As Mount Olive’s sexton, William Pratley is responsible for the care and upkeep of church property. He has had plenty of experience as a maintenance technician at Minncor Greentree for four years and facilities manager at the Cathedral of St. Mark for 10 years before that. An artist at heart, William loves to play acoustic guitar (one favorite pastime is to convert old electric rock songs to the acoustic format—Jimi Hendrix comes to mind). He has an extensive collection of vinyl records. William grew up near Lake Minnetonka and now divides his time between Minneapolis and his cottage on the Mississippi River in Wabasha.

 

 

  VICAR EMILY BECKERING


Emily is the 43rd vicar to serve at Mount Olive, and she comes to us from Luther Seminary.  She is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, and grew up in East Bethel, Minnesota. Emily served as a special education teacher in Dallas, Texas, before entering seminary. She is married to Taylor, also a Gustavus graduate, and they live in St. Paul.



“Vicar” is an ecclesiastical term meaning an agent or a stand-in for clergy of higher rank. For Lutherans, a vicar is a candidate for the ordained ministry, typically a student who spends the third of four seminary years serving in a parish. The post is roughly equivalent to deacon in the Anglican and Roman Catholic traditions, except that Lutheran vicars are not ordained. Mount Olive’s vicariate dates to 1955.

The vicar program is a joint project of Mount Olive and Luther Seminary.

Vicar@mountolivechurch.org

Vicars Through the Years

Since 1955, Mount Olive has undertaken its call to raise up new leaders for the church. Each year in the fall, a new intern comes from seminary to engage the challenges of pastoral ministry under the mentorship of our pastor and staff, our lay support committee and our congregation. Mount Olive’s vicars have gone on to serve the church as pastors, lay leaders and seminary professors.

 

1955-56: Robert W. Gentzke
1956-57: Roger E. Klemz
1957-58: Martin J. Luecke
1963-64: Thomas T. Stephan
1964-65: Gary A. Muehler
1965-66: Wayne Rutz
1966-67: Dale Banke
1967-68: David C. Yagow
1968-69: Paul K. Schwartzkopf
1969-70: Werner K. Boos
1970-71: H. Martin Miller
1971-72: Leslie F. Weber, Jr.
1972-73: Ronald C. Neustadt
1973-74: Timothy T. Weber
1974-75: Robert A. Rimbo
1974-75: James A. McDaniels
1975-76: Patrick R. Keifert
1976-77: Stephen G. Haschig
1977-78: Brian J. Claasen
1978-79: Glenn A. Seefeldt

1979-80: David P. Schreiber

1983-84: Ann M. Pederson

1991-92: Arden D. Haug

 

1992-93: Stephan Schmid
1993-94: Peter J. Soli
1994-95: Gary L. Anholt
1995-96: Christine A. Wenzel
1996-97: Kirsten Mebust
1997-98: Gloria J. Anderson
1998-99: Micah Stumme
1999-2000: Heather Vietz
2000-01: Carrie Scheller
2001-02: Laurie Underkoffler
2002-03: Mark Youngdahl
2003-04: Edward Daniel Ruen
2004-05: Jean Hay
2005-06: Adam Roberts

2006: Susan Masters
2007: Jennifer R. P. McCurry
2007-08: Mark Niethammer
2008-09: Philip Misner
2009-10: Leslie Mahraun

2011-12: Erik Doughty

2012-13: Neal Cannon

2013-14: Emily Beckering

 

 

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