MEET OUR MINISTRY TEAM


  • Pastor Ken Krause

    Pastor Krause is head over heels in love with his wife, Julie, and daughters Katie, Rachel and Sarah. He joyfully serves the people at Mt. Olive striving to glorify God in his every thought and word, and rejoicing in the forgiveness God gives for his failures in this. His favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:4. 


    Playing tennis, riding his bike and playing the piano are a pastimes Pastor Krause enjoys.


    Email: kkrause@mtolivelutheran.com

  • Pastor David Roskowic

    Pastor Roskowic serves Mount Olive in the model of St. Paul, not making tents, but splitting his time between working in the water treatment industry and serving as pastor at Mount Olive. 


    Pastor Roskowic enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle, and their two children, playing golf and watching classic films. 


    Email: droskowic@mtolivelutheran.com



  • Bill Cullen Discipleship + Outreach

    Bill began his professional ministry in the church in 1973. He served four congregations in Oregon over course of 22 years in the areas of evangelism, youth & education. During this time he also taught at Concordia University Portland. In 1996 he accepted a call to Concordia University Chicago where he served as the director of the Director of Christian Education Program. In 2008 he accepted the  call to Mount Olive. Bill has a Master’s Degree in Education and a Doctorate in Theology. His favorite Bible passages are Hebrews 12:2; Galatians 2:20; Philippians. 2:3-8; 1 John 3:16-18.


    Email: bcullen@mtolivelutheran.com

  • jOHN sCHMID chRISTIAN aRTS iNSTITUTE + cONTEMPORARY woRSHIP

    John Schmid comes to Mount Olive after serving Rockford Lutheran Schools for 17 years as band and music teacher. His background in music spans from classroom teaching to private lessons to performance. He is a graduate of Concordia University, Nebraska and holds a master's degree in music education from Baylor University. Mr. Schmid also enjoys playing guitar and singing as part of bands Epiphany and Threefold Cord.


    Creativity runs in the family, as John's wife, Cheri, is an art teacher and both of their children are active in the arts community.


    Email: jschmid@mtolivelutheran.com

  • Jeannie NewtoN Children's ministry

    Jeannie received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Family Life through Concordia University, Nebraska. She taught a variety of grades in both public and parochial schools before homeschooling her own five children.


    Besides her passion for children's ministry, she enjoys sewing, baking, running, and most of all, spending time with her husband, kids and grandkids. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:4.


    Email: jnewton@mtolivelutheran.com

  • Katy MunsoN Communications + Connections

    As a director of Christian education, Katy loves her role focusing on communications and connections at Mount Olive and the opportunities it brings to share Jesus' love with others! 


    Katy is a proud graduate of Concordia University, Nebraska (go Bulldogs!) and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Family Life through her alma mater. She also enjoys a good cup of coffee (or two or three), cheers on her beloved Chicago Blackhawks and teaches learn-to-skate lessons at the local ice rink. 


    Email: kmunson@mtolivelutheran.com

  • mARIKA mERTZ yOUTH Ministry

    Marika comes to the Mount Olive team with great passion for connecting youth to God's Word and to the Body of Christ. An active member in the Rockford community, she is part of the Rockford German Club, ski patrol at Alpine Valley, and mentors at an elementary school. 


    Most of all, Marika enjoys spending time with her husband, their three children and her extended family. 


    Email: mmertz@mtolivelutheran.com

  • kAREN fREUDENBERG oFFICE aDMINISTRATION

    A native of the Pacific Northwest, Karen and her family have called Rockford home for nearly 20 years. Prior to serving on staff at Mount Olive, she taught in Lutheran schools, with a particular passion for life sciences. 


    When not working on bulletins, organizing details, answering phones, managing calendars and otherwise keeping the staff in line, Karen enjoys exploring the beauty of God's creation, spending time with her husband and their children's families.


    Email: secretary@mtolivelutheran.com

  • Federwitz Family Missionaries

    David and Valerie Federwitz and their family faithfully serve the people of Ghana, West Africa through Lutheran Bible Translators. 


    To learn more about their ministry, visit the Lutheran Bible Translators website.