Meet the Staff



 Pastor Marggraf- Pastor
Pastor Paul Marggraf graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI, with a Masters Degree in Theology in 1984. Before coming to Mt. Olive in Delano, Pastor Marggraf served churches in Bowdle and Brookings, SD. He also served as the WELS Campus Minister at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings. He has been serving as the pastor of Mt. Olive since February of 2000. Pastor Marggraf married Meg Spaude in 1982. They have been blessed with three children. 
 
 Mr. Nolan Valus- Principal, 5th-6th Grade Teacher, Coach
As a teacher at Mt. Olive, I am given the privilege and opportunity to train and assist parents in bringing up children in the knowledge and love of Christ. It is such a joy to be able to watch the Lord's little lambs grow and flourish in their lives because of the faith that the Holy Spirit develops and strengthens in their heard through daily exposure and studying of the Bible. Here at Mt. Olive, the other teachers and I have the ability to work closely with our students in our classrooms and keep the focus of Christ in all aspects of our work, both in religion classes and throughout every facet of the day. 

Background:
    -2011- Graduated from Martin Luther College with Bachelor's degree in Education and an emphasis in Music. 
    -2011-2012- Called to serve the congregation of Mt. Olive Lutheran, Delano, MN by teaching grades 5-6, assisting with youth group, Athletic Director, and accompanist for Jr. Choir.
    -2012-Present- Called to serve as Principal and 5th-6th grade teacher at Mt. Olive Lutheran, Delano, MN.
    -2012- Began Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology through Martin Luther College. 
 
Ms. Rachel Wendland- ECE Director, Preschool Teacher
I consider it a great honor and privilage to teach some of the youngest sheep in God's flock. Christian parents and teachers are tasked with bringing up children in the instruction of the Lord. What a joy to do so! The simple and trusting faith of a child is so beautiful to see. When I see children absorbed in Bible stories, memorizing short Bible passages, or belting out 
"Jesus Loves Me", it reaffirms the importance of teaching children the truths of God's Word. Even the very youngest in God's kingdom are precious to him. As 2 Timothy 3:15 states, "...and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus."

Background:
    -2011- Graduated from Martin Luther College in December with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education
    -2012- February-May volunteer taught in Zambia, Africa at the Lutheran Church of Central Africa seminary; taught English, preschool, and private tutoring to seminarians wives and children
    -2012-2015- Assigned to Faith Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska to start and License a preschool program; served as Director and Teacher
    -2015-present- Called to serve at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church as Preschool Director and Teacher
 
 Mrs. Meg Marggraf- Kindergarten Teacher/ Preschool Assistant Teacher
What a wonderful opportunity I have to begin the formal education of these precious 5-6 year old children! They are so eager to learn and so accepting of everyone around them. It's a privilege and responsibility for which I am grateful. As the oldest of eight siblings, I guess I've always been a "teacher" and am glad that God guided me along the path to be able to continue to teach. Working with the rest of our staff and the parents here at Mt. Olive is also a great blessing!

Background:
    - 1980- Graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College
    -1980- Assigned to teach grades 3-4 at Centennial Lutheran School in Milwaukee, WI
    - 1982- Resigned from teaching to get married. Substitute taught in many parochial and public schools at the various places we've lived during my husbands pastoral ministry. 
    -2000- Called to teach Kindergarten at Mt. Olive as well as playing Organ.
    -2016- Began working as Mt. Olive Lutheran Preschool Assistant Teacher.
 
 Ms. Sarah Free- 1st-2nd Grade Teacher, Coach
As a teaching at Mt. Olive, I have the awesome opportunity to teach God's Word everyday to God's children. Young children are very eager to learn and they soak up so much information. This makes me excited to teach and help them gain an appreciation for God's Word. I am also excited that I get to teach God's Word not only in one part of the day, but throughout the whole day. I am very thankful to God that I get to teach here at Mt. Olive. 

Background:
    -2012- Graduated from Martin Luther College with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and an emphasis in Physical Education. 
    -2012- Present- Called to serve at Mt. Olive in Delano, MN teaching grades 1-2 and coaching athletics. 
 
 Mrs. Danielle Fetcenko- 3rd-4th Grade Teacher, Jr. Choir Director, Coach
As a called worker, the Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to share the Gospel with the students I teach each and every day. It is such a joy to share the message of Christ and watch as those students continue to grow in the knowledge of their Savior. I pray that the Lord continues to richly bless us as, together, we learn about our Savior and what he has done for us. 

Background:
    -2010- Graduated from Martin Luther College with Bachelor's Degree in Education and an Emphasis in Social Studies. 
    -2010-2014- Called to serve at Christ Lutheran Church and School to teach Kindergarten and serve as the director for Cherub and Jr. Choir
    -2014-Present- Called to serve at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and School to teach grades 3-4 and serve as the Jr. Choir Director.

 Mr. Joe Fetcenko- 7th-8th Grade Teacher, Athletic Director, Coach
I feel blessed to be able to serve as a teacher at Mt. Olive. At our school students receive the benefit of small class sizes and personalized classroom instruction. It is also my daily joy and privilege to share the good news of our Savior, Jesus Christ, with the students entrusted to me. I pray that through hard work and dedication, each student may develop into a well-rounded, young Christian, prepared for the challenges awaiting throughout their future lives. 

Background:
    -2010- Graduated from Martin Luther College with Bachelor's Degree in Education and emphasis in Science.
    -2010-2012- Assigned to Good Shepherd Lutheran School, Midland, MI as Teacher for grades 6-8, Principal Apprentice, and Athletic Director.
    -2012-Present- Called to Mt. Olive Lutheran School in Delano, MN to teach grades 7-8 and Athletic Director. 





Courtney Valus-
 Substitute Teacher, Administrative Release Teacher
 



Sheila Varner-
 Office Administrator
 




Lacy Punt-
 Office Assistant