The Rev. John J. Petersen was born in Luverne, MN. He graduated from The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and was ordained in 1985, after graduating with a Masters in Divinity from Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary. He has served as Senior Pastor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church since September of 2005. Previously he served parishes in East Grand Forks, MN, Madison, WI, and Vero Beach, FL. He and his wife Joyce have two college-aged children. His hobbies include reading and playing golf.