Meet our leadership

Jeremy Walloch

Lead Pastor


Jeremy has a passion to magnify the Word of God and be radically obedient to Jesus.

A Wisconsin Rapids area native, after college in Eau Claire and seminary in Dubuque he served a megachurch in the Fargo area for two years before serving as lead pastor of a church outside Austin, Texas for ten years. Then he planted a new church in Mesa, Arizona before coming to Olivet in 2021.

Jeremy has been married to Michelle since 2002 and they have four daughters and a boy dog. Besides Jesus and his family, Jeremy also enjoys archery and coffee.

Jeremy is also the instructor of preaching for Harvest Workers (an online ministry training program).

Pastor Jeremy Walloch of Olivet Lutheran Church in La Crosse Wisconsin

Our Staff

Kevin Sheldon

Associate Pastor


Kevin grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Secondary Education from Central College in Pella, Iowa. He has his Masters of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota, along with some additional Lutheran training from The Masters Institute in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. While in Seminary, he served as a Pastoral Intern with Community of Grace Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Since August of 2020, he has been ordained and certified with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). He was the Associate Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Orange County, California before coming to Olivet July 1, 2024.

Kevin is passionate about preaching and teaching the Good News of Jesus Christ, working alongside ministry teams to carry out mission, vision, and values, and equipping and empowering people to live into their God-given gifts. He also has a heart for missional outreach around the world.

Kevin is married to his wife Sheena and they have a one year old son named Sawyer. When not with his family or church family Kevin enjoys watching sports, going on hikes or other physical activity, reading, coffee shops, video games, and binging various tv shows.

Dorothy Payne

Church Administrator


Dorothy and her husband, Scott, have been members of Olivet for over 15 years. She was on the Stewardship Committee for several years and was the Church bookkeeper for two years before taking the job as Church Administrator.

Dorothy and Scott have also led several Financial Peace University classes. Prior to being full-time at Olivet, Dorothy worked 32 years at a local law firm. She was a legal secretary and then technology manager, providing computer and software support as well as bookkeeping.

She enjoys traveling, eating out, camping, geocaching, scrapbooking and reading. She has two children and five grandchildren.

Abigail Knerzer

Director of Worship Arts


Abigail has experience planning and leading traditional and contemporary services in her home state of Alaska as well as Louisiana, where she attended college. She has a deep love for the Lord and has felt that God has always been calling her to lead others in worship.

She plays bass, piano, guitar and bassoon. She leads many of our worship services and directs the worship teams and musicians. She has a love for children and is excited to work with our children and youth in the area of music ministry as well.

Abigail has also worked as a tour guide in Juneau, Alaska. She has a love for the outdoors and enjoys being outside. She is married to Connor and has two daughters named Astrid and Amelia.

Michelle Walloch

Children's Ministry Director


A homeschooling mom of four and married to Pastor Jeremy, Michelle has devoted the last number of years to launching and growing Kid’s Ministry Programs.

Michelle has a huge heart for hospitality, genuinely wanting every child and family to know they are treasured by God and a valued part of the Olivet community. She is committed to providing kids programming that is age appropriate, fun, and deeply rooted in God’s word.

After spending the last two chapters of life in Texas and Arizona, Michelle is re-embracing her Wisconsin roots by turning her backyard into a massive garden/orchard and exploring the miles of bike trails around the state.

Lindsay Bonnar

Front Office & Communications Coordinator


Hello! My name is Lindsay. I have lived in the La Crosse area since 2005, when my husband, Kevin, and I got married and moved from Wyoming. We call this place home now, and currently live in Onalaska with our 10 year old, Charlie, and 6 year old, Linken.

In my winter free time (when I become a bit of a hermit!) I really enjoy drawing, painting, reading or baking. One of the things I have seen work most strongly in my life is the power of prayer. So please seek me out if you ever need prayer for ANYTHING! I am so excited to be a part of the team at Olivet!