Staff

Jeff Scherer


Lead Pastor   |   515-279-3919   |   .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Pastor Jeff and his wife Marie joined Olivet in the fall of 2009. They have been married 32 years and have two grown, married children who live in the Iowa City area. Pastor Jeff brings with him 18 years of pastoral ministry experience, the last six being in transitional ministry. He is excited to be living in the Des Moines area and is looking forward to seeing how God will use him to help build the Kingdom serving with Olivet.

Ben Massung


Youth Pastor   |   515-279-3919   |   .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Ben has been the Associate Pastor of Youth since spring of 2006. He has dedicated his life to sharing the gospel with students through relationships and strategic programing designed bring students, parents, and adult leaders together as they strengthen their walk with Christ. 

He and his wife Brenda were married in the spring of 2005 and they are the proud parents of Brieanna (Oct. 07) and Samantha (Apr. 09). They share a home in the Waveland Neighborhood and enjoys taking walks, going to the downtown farmer’s market, traveling, and spending time as a family.

Pastor Ben likes to get outdoors as much as he can to hike and camp.

Terry Lauritsen


Secretary   |   515-279-3919   |   .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Terry has been the office secretary at Olivet since 2001.  A lifelong Des Moines area resident, Terry lives within walking distance of Olivet.  She and her husband Chuck have two sons, Adam, a student in Des Moines and Austin, who works in the music industry in Nashville, Tennessee.  She is an avid sports fan, and loves movies, music, cooking, and spending time with family.

Connie Keller


Preschool Director   |   515-277-8454   |   .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Connie Keller is beginning her twelfth year as Director of Olivet Christian Preschool.  She grew up in a Christian home in Nebraska and accepted Christ as her Savior as a teenager.  She and her husband Tom, along with their four children moved from Omaha to Des Moines thirteen years ago. During those years that have watched their three sons and one daughter grow from small children to young adults with the last one graduating highschool this year.

She brings the preschool a background in elementary education and years of experience working with small children.  She feels it is very rewarding to help them prepare for school in a Christian environment.

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