Mount Olive grafts together the traditional and the progressive—like a tree with roots sunk deep into Christian history and branches stretching outward to the contemporary world.
- We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the nation’s largest Lutheran body.
- We are a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) congregation and have long been committed to being Christ’s welcoming grace to all God’s children.
Mount Olive is a growing community, founded in 1909 as an English-language congregation by German-Americans but now reflecting the broader national spectrum. We welcome all people, no matter their ethnic background, social standing, political view, or sexual orientation.
For more than a century, we’ve been a fixture on Chicago Avenue. Waves of immigrants from northern and central Europe, and now East Africa and Latin America, have been our close neighbors. Even though our members are scattered throughout the Twin Cities, we cannot separate ourselves from the needs and gifts of our neighborhood.
Our vision is that we both embody God in our service and meet God in our neighbor. In worship and on the street, we are always in the presence of God, being the presence of God.