Staff

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Pastor

Kris Gorden

kgorden@olivet.org

Pastor Kris Gorden came to Olivet in 1998, and was called to be Olivet’s Senior Pastor in January, 2017. Kris is excited to participate in God’s mission at Olivet. The greatest part of his calling is interacting with all ages and all different life situations. He sits on the Worship and Witness commission, as well as the Resource and Development commission. Kris and his wife Jill have two adult children. He enjoys fishing, hunting, the outdoors, guitar, drums, and mostly, spending time with family and friends.

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Pastor

Bill Boelter

bboelter@olivet.org

Bill Boelter was called to Olivet to focus on the 50+ age group. Hosts Friday Fellowship the first Friday of every month, Men’s Morning Musings the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, leads a Bible study every Thursday morning at 10:30 and leads worship services at many retirement centers in the area. Works with 9th grade confirmation. Leads trips during the summer and fall to various entertainment venues. Is married to Jeanette, who takes most of the pictures you see at Olivet. Has three children and six grandchildren. Enjoys music, reading and spending time with grandkids.

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Pastor

Tiffany Sundeen

tsundeen@olivet.org

My name is Tiffany Jeske Sundeen and I serve as one of the pastors at Olivet. I married Batman (a.k.a. Bruce Wayne Sundeen) the same month I started at Olivet and it’s been an adventure ever since! I became a stepmom at the same time to Jacob and we also have two daughters, Rachel (11) and Abby (10). The Gospel embodied in preaching, teaching, travel, peace, justice and prayer give me life…along with a strong cup of “church” coffee! My call deepens as I help people make connections between loving God and loving neighbor. I look forward to seeing you at Olivet! Blessings on your day.

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Parish Nurse Coordinator

Brenda Bauer

bbauer@olivet.org

Deaconess Brenda serves as the Parish Nurse and Health Coordinator at Olivet Lutheran. Brenda is a Consecrated Deaconess, Associate in Ministry of the ELCA, Registered Nurse and specialty in Faith Community Nursing. She has served in geriatric settings, public health, Lutheran Disaster Response, Hospice, and various faith communities settings. She has training in clinical pastoral education. Brenda is married to Tim Bauer who is a pastor and also is a counselor in chemical dependency. Brenda and Tim have two grown daughters: Leah who is in Scottsdale Arizona and Anna who is in Chicago, Illinois. Brenda in her free time loves to read, putz in her small gardens, and play her flute.

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Lay Minister

Grant Vanderford

gvanderford@olivet.org

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Children, Youth & Family Ministry Director

Michelle Elness

melness@olivet.org

Working with all ages of children is a passion of mine and keeps me young. I have 3 children of my own. My husband Bob and I enjoy spending any time we can with our kids and being at the lake with family. I’m so fortunate to do what I love and partner with parents in teaching God’s Love for all.

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Associate Youth Director

Tyler Wright

twright@olivet.org

Tyler joined us October 2019 as an Associate Director of Youth Ministry, and works in partnership with the youth team. Tyler helps program Breakfast Club, Sunday Night Live (SNL), the youth led worship team, confirmation, and youth trips. He enjoys talking with youth about faith, and the role it plays today in our world. He is engaged to a Diana, who is a youth director as well. The wedding date is set for 10/10/2020, at Luther Crest Bible CampHe runs on disc golf, racquetball, cooking, guitar, singing, podcasts, and you guessed it, coffee.  

Youth Director

Kaia Hassel

youth@olivet.org

 

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Youth Ministry Intern

Miranda Morgan

 

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Director of Operations

Sarah Lundblad

slundblad@olivet.org

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Administrative Assistant

Pennie Kankelfitz

pkankelfitz@olivet.org

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Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Bev Gravdahl

bgravdahl@olivet.org

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Communications Strategist

Kelly Heyer

kheyer@olivet.org

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Music Director

Marlys Herring

marlysherr@aol.com

Director of Music: organist, director of handbells, adult choir, coordinator of all organized music groups, instrument maintenance, worship planning. A lifelong native to SE North Dakota has four grown children and enjoys yard work and garden.

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Preschool Choir Director

Jenica Boelter

 

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Cherub Music Director

Patti Hall

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K-5th grade music & joy choir director

Carole Skalsky

 

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Building Engineer

Bob Elness

belness@olivet.org

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Part-time Custodian

Noah Adler

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Part-time custodian

Eli Heyer

 

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Part-Time Custodian

Blake Schluchter

 

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Nursery Coordinator

Kasi Adler

 

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Sound technician

Eric Heyer