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“Rejoice in the Lord, always; again, I say, rejoice!” (Phil 4:4) This verse has been the theme verse for my ministry for 34 years. I attended Concordia University in Seward, NE, and received a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree. I was ordained in 1984 after graduating from Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. From 1984 to 1993, I served as Senior Pastor at Eastern Heights Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN.
In 1993, I accepted a call to serve at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in West Des Moines, IA, where I worked in the areas of Youth, Family Life, and Care Ministries. The Iowa District West, in 1997, called me to serve as Chaplain in Des Moines. During that time, I also served six vacant congregations in central Iowa.
In 2004, I accepted a call to be Senior Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ankeny, IA. During my 12 years at St. Paul, the congregation added a Family Life Center, called two Associate Pastors, and began a mission church – The Gate.
From 2015-2018, I served as Intentional Interim Pastor at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Norwalk, IA, and Assoc. Intentional Interim Pastor at St. James in Shawano, WI.
On June 15th, 2018, I retired from full-time Pastoral Ministry. My wife, Marci, is a retired Family Counselor and she is currently serving Mount Olive as an Asst Executive Director. Marci and I have two adult children, Dana and Mark, and five grandchildren.
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“Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with timbrel and dancing, praise Him with the strings and pipe, praise Him with the clash of cymbals.” Psalm 150:3-5
It is a life blessing to serve the Lord musically. A blessing which has led to a wonderful journey of faith and music, and one which I am honored to continue at Mount Olive. A native of New York, I have had the honor of serving musically, nationally and internationally in the fields of sacred music, opera, and musical theatre.
Among some of the greatest musical houses of the world, I have been humbled to make appearances as conductor, organist, guest artist, and musical director at Carnegie Hall, St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and First Church of Christ in Wethersfield.
For the past twelve years, it has been an exceptional blessing to serve as Director of Music and the Arts at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx; where traditional and contemporary worship has been a staple in existing to receive and share God’s gifts.
Having earned B.A. degrees in Music Education and Voice, as well as a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music, I look forward to sharing and growing in the musical life of Mt. Olive, praising God and nurturing our musical gifts.
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Katie Mace and Kathy Germanotta love being teachers at Mount Olive Christian Preschool. Katie Mace just recently took over the teaching position from Laurel Zobel, and Kathy has been with the school for 10 years. Both teachers have kids that attended preschool at Mount Olive. Kathy lives in Madison with her husband and three kids. Katie lives in the town of Middleton with her husband and three kids. Both teachers are love the community of the preschool and the wonderful families that attend each year. They look forward to new families and new experiences. If you ever want to pop down to the preschool to meet them, they would be happy to see you. Or if you know any families that have preschool age kids that would enjoy the preschool at Mount Olive, please let them know!
Ms. Lois Dieringer joined the Mount Olive Staff Family on May 9th, 2022! We are thrilled to have her with us!
More information to come soon.