Pastor Joel Schroeder was born and raised in Watertown, Wisconsin. After graduation from Northwestern Preparatory School (Watertown), Northwestern College (Watertown) and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (Mequon, WI) Pastor Schroeder served a mission congregation for six years in Nashville, Tennessee from 1976 to 1982. From 1982-1990 he was Mount Olive's only pastor.
Joel served Christ as a layman, as financial planner (IDS American Express), seminar speaker (SkillPath Seminars, Mission, KS), and business owner (Lulu and Mimi's Housecleaners Supreme) for the next 13 years.
Joel was called by Mt. Olive again, as part-time pastor in 2003, and as full-time Associate Pastor in July 2004. He became Senior Pastor in May of 2014. Joel enjoys preaching, teaching, and counseling. He loves to read novels, watch the Jayhawks, Chiefs, and Royals, and keeps fit by working out, walking, mowing his lawn, and playing golf.
Joel and Ruth were married in 1980. Ruth was born in Ohio, and raised in Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee. Ruth is retired. She worked as a court reporter, teacher of court reporting, help desk provider for Output Technology. Then until her retirement she worked as a computer analyst for Sprint PCS, Sprint, Embarq, and CenturyLink, without ever having to interview for a new job! Ruth loves to read, watch the Jayhawks, walk, and feed birds. Joel and Ruth own 3-BR ranch home in Old Town Lenexa.
Their children are Addie and Abel.
Addie and her husband, Andrew Jones, have a son, Alec. Addie, who received her Master's in International Business from the University of Kansas, is a diplomat in the US State Department at the embassy in Madrid, Spain. Previously she was posted in Athens, Moscow, and Baghdad, and served two years on the travel team of the US Secretary of State. Addie has learned Modern Greek, Russian, Arabic, and Spanish. She and her husband have a passion for travel, adventure, and triathlons. Both completed an Iron Man!
Abel works as collision repair technician at McCarthy Morse Chevrolet on Metcalf in Overland Park. He loves fishing, barbecuing, watching the Chiefs, and serves as an usher at Mt. Olive. He is lives in Linwood, KS. Abel served as a volunteer firefighter in Linwood for many years.
Joel and Ruth are becoming world travelers. Ruth, Joel, and Abel visited Addie in Athens and Moscow. Ruth and Joel also visited her in Madrid. Ruth met Addie for a safari to Tanzania in 2011. Ruth and Joel enjoyed their vacation in Cozumel, Mexico, in 2015, and trips to the Outer Banks, NC, and Seattle, WA in 2016.
Pastor Krause was assigned to serve Faith Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lancaster and Platteville, Wisconsin, as well as the WELS Campus Ministry at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2009. In May of 2014, Pastor Krause moved to Overland Park, Kansas, to serve the members of Mt. Olive as Assistant Pastor.
Pastor Krause is married to his wife Nicole, who teaches kindergarten and first grade at Mt. Olive’s Lutheran day school. They have three children- Eli, Marlie, and Carsyn, who attend Mt. Olive Lutheran School.
The Krause’s enjoy sports and the outdoors; camping, hiking, and skiing are some of their favorite activities. Pastor Krause also enjoys hunting and fishing.
Gini (Walkup) Peda grew up in west central Minnesota. Prior to moving to the Kansas City area, she worked for the State of North Dakota; a commercial real estate investment company and an agricultural chemical distributor. Her favorite job was being a stay-at-home mom prior to her second-favorite job, serving the members of Mt. Olive.
Gini is married to Jim, an electrical engineer with Black & Veatch. They have two adult daughters, Jackie and Becky, who both reside in the Kansas City area. When not in the office, she enjoys gardening, walking and (all too occasionally) cooking.