(608) 238-5656 ext. 212
Hi! I’m Pastor Jason and I’ve been serving as Mount Olive's pastor in Madison since August of 2009. It’s truly been an honor to walk beside the family of God at Mount Olive as we move forward as bold witnesses of the life and salvation found only in Jesus Christ!
Prior to my coming to Mount Olive, I was blessed to serve as a church planter and mission developer for 12 years in Northern Illinois. I was born and raised in Eastern Iowa (go Hawks) and have always had a passion for sports and music. I met my wife, Laurel, at Concordia University Wisconsin and was married on July 31, 1993. We’ve been blessed with three children and a lifetime of memories. It is very humbling to be called as a pastor to God’s people and be welcomed into the lives of many. I treasure our times together and look forward to God’s guidance in leading us into the future.
My door is always open and I look forward to the opportunity to meet new people along the way. God’s peace to you as we follow our Lord wherever He leads us!
(608) 255-7214 (Calvary)
I love Jesus, I love people and I love music! Since I was 5 years old growing up in New Jersey, I have been involved with music. Music became my passion and then my profession for most of my adult life. The experiences of being a touring songwriter and musician, as well as owning and operating a recording studio, have enabled me to be in the presence of all kinds of people. Through those experiences in the studio and on the road, the Lord has definitely given me a heart for people.
I have also been blessed to serve as a music director for various churches and church organizations since 1987. Most recently, I spent from 2003-2013 serving as music director of Calvary Lutheran Chapel and truly enjoyed every minute of it. I have developed lasting relationships with students at the UW who were attending Calvary, especially those who were a part of the praise band. Now I have the privilege to serve Mount Olive and Calvary Lutheran Chapel as SMP Pastor. While it’s not as much in music anymore (although I still dabble in it when I can), it’s still very much about people which totally excites me.
I praise Jesus for leading me to where I am today and look forward to many years of service in His name at Mount Olive and Calvary.
(608) 238-5656 ext. 215
“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.
(608) 238-5656 ext. 214
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD”…Psalm 150
I am the organist, chorus, Sunday School music, bell and instrumental ensemble director for worship life at Mount Olive. Church music was an important part of my upbringing in Mankato, Minnesota – singing in choirs since childhood - playing organ since high school – and majoring in Music Education and Clarinet Performance at Mankato State University. I moved to Madison in the fall of 1983 to attend graduate school in music education at UW, studying organ with Professor John Harvey and John Chappell Stowe.
Mount Olive hired me as organist in January of 1984 and expanded the position in 1985 to include choral responsibilities and in 1991 to include hand bell/chime choir leadership. God has richly blessed my longevity within Mount Olive’s music ministry.
When not at Mount Olive, I teach Music at St. James Catholic School (Pre-K thru Grade 8) in Madison. Other activities I enjoy include private piano and organ teaching; playing clarinet in pick-up bands; folk-dancing; Hardanger; reading; and hiking the Ice Age Trail.
(608) 238-5656 ext. 218
Working with young children and their families is something I love doing! Sharing Jesus everyday has been a privilege and it reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended Lutheran schools from second grade through college. In May of 1992, I graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a degree in Lutheran Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood. I met my husband (Pastor Jason) there and we were married in July 1993. We have been blessed with three children: Andrew (and his wife Kristin), Lauren, a student at Concordia University Wisconsin, and Rebecca, a High Schooler at Waunakee High School.
Before we moved to Waunakee in 2009, we lived in Braidwood, Illinois for 12 years. While we served at Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church, I was the Preschool Director and Teacher of 4 Year-Olds for nine years. Here at Mount Olive, I am a member of the Christus Choir and a volunteer for Vacation Bible School.
In my spare time, I love to watch Green Bay Packer games and the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. My hobbies include crossword puzzles, board games, reading, and watching my children particpate in their sports and musical activities.
It is a blessing to be a part of the Mount Olive staff as we share the love of Jesus in and around Madison.
(608) 238-5656 ext. 210
My name is Derek Handley, and I serve as administrator for the Mount Olive church office. In a given day, I will prepare bulletins, announcements, monthly newsletter (The View), manage the church calendar, manage the office, and assist the directors as needed. Previous admin experience includes Operations Assistant at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Evanston where I was the parish bookkeeper, and Program Coordinator at Midwest Young Artists, a youth music organization. I have a masters in music performance (cello), and I play in the Madison Symphony Orchestra, in addition to other groups.
My wife Natalie and I moved to Madison from Evanston, Illinois (my hometown) in February of 2014. As lifelong Presbyterians, we have made our church home at Christ Presbyterian Church where Natalie is the Contemporary Music Director. We had our first child, Daniel, in March of 2016, and are enjoying the new dynamic he adds to our family!
Outside of work, I enjoy playing guitar and bass in the CPC worship band and out on the town, getting out into nature, camping, and traveling. I feel the need to confess that I am a Chicago Bears fan, which has not caused any turmoil in the office yet. It is by God's grace that I am here in Madison and at Mount Olive as part of the office staff.