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, 6th-8th 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. 
    -2017- Graduated from Martin Luther College with Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology
 
Ms. Sarah Free- Kindergarten-2nd Grade Teacher, Athletic Director,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. Meg Marggraf- 3rd-5th Grade Teacher, Organist
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.
 
Katrina Wascher- ECE Director, Preschool Teacher
 
 Courtney Valus- Substitute Teacher, Administrative Release Teacher