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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 native, he served a megachurch in the Fargo area for two years before serving as lead pastor of a church outside of Austin, Texas for ten years.

From 2017–2021, he planted a church in Mesa, Arizona focusing on following the way of Jesus every day.

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 golf, guitar, and coffee.

Jeremy is also the instructor of preaching for Harvest Workers (an online ministry training program) and has been a contributor to the LCMC’s quarterly publication.

Our Staff

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.

Katie Whitesell

Front Office & Communications Coordinator


Hello! My name is Katie and my husband and I both grew up in the La Crosse area and loved it so much we bought a house on French Island in 2020! In my free time, I enjoy being out on the river and grooming and caring for dogs! My husband and I have 3 fur babies — one golden doodle and two cats — and our family is growing even more in June! I am so incredibly excited to be working at Olivet and can't wait to meet you all!

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 a daughter named Astrid.