Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Calls Pastor John Hogenson as 8th Senior Pastor

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After a nationwide search, the congregation of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church has called Pastor John Hogenson to serve as its next Senior Pastor.

Mount Olivet Lutheran Church has voted to extend Pastor John D. Hogenson a call to be Senior Pastor. Hogenson has accepted the call and will begin his formal responsibilities as Senior Pastor for one of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s (ELCA) largest congregations effective August 1, 2014.

Hogenson was unanimously recommended by Mount Olivet’s Call Committee following a national search. In a message at a special congregational meeting on Sunday, June 1, Hogenson said that “I don’t believe any one person is good enough, but with the Holy Spirit’s gift of love and gifted leaders, God’s will be done.”

“I have always found Pastor Hogenson to be an engaging, very relational and powerful pastor,” said Pastor Craig E. Johnson, interim Senior Pastor and former Bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod. “I believe in my heart that God is placing Mount Olivet in good, strong, and caring hands, so our future is bright and full of hope.”

Since beginning his ordained ministry 25 years ago, Pastor Hogenson has served as a Pastoral leader for five congregations, including two of the ten largest congregations in the ELCA. He has served in a variety of leadership roles including the Board of Directors for Lutheran Social Services, the Board of Trustees for Gustavus Adolphus College, and the Inter-Faith Outreach Community Partners Board.

“Pastor John Hogenson is a caring and competent leader in our community who loves his church and who has led his church to love the neighbor in very effective ways that have real impact,” said Jodi Harpstead, Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Services (LSS).

Pastor Hogenson will be the eighth Senior Pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church. His tenure begins following a three-year interim period, under the leadership of Pastor Johnson. Pastor Johnson was named Interim Senior Pastor in 2011, after the death of Pastor Paul M. Youngdahl, who served as Senior Pastor for 37 years.

Mount Olivet Lutheran Church is known for its servant and relational ministry, providing excellence in ministry for nearly 100 years. There are approximately 13,000 members of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church. Additional information can be found at

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