Church Staff

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Paul E. Meyer, Pastor

(512) 288-2370
Pastor@ConnectWithJesus.org
Pastor Paul Meyer

A majority of Pastor Meyer’s ministry has been spent with Mt. Olive. He has been blessed with a wonderful wife, Beverly, and three great sons. Pastor Meyer attended school at Concordia University – Texas, Valparaiso University in Indiana and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. In 2009 he received his Doctor of Ministry degree in Family Systems from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Pastor Meyer was raised in a loving family and one of his goals is to help the Mt. Olive family experience and live the love of God. One of Pastor’s favorite phrases is, "serving others is the highest calling.” He invites you to join him as you find your avenue of serving those around you.

Ben Braun, Pastor

(512) 288-2370
PastorBen@ConnectWithJesus.org
Pastor Ben Braun

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church is Pastor Ben’s first call into the pastoral office. He graduated from Concordia University, Wisconsin in 2006 and Concordia Seminary, in St. Louis, Missouri in 2012. He is married to his beautiful wife Anna. They have a daughter Kyah and a son Dillan. As a family they love hiking, camping, and playing almost any sport imaginable. Pastor Ben was raised in a loving/encouraging family with 3 siblings. His dad is also a pastor in Texas and his mom is the head of the preschool at the same church. Pastor Ben is passionate about touching the lives of all people with the love of Christ and has a special place in his heart for youth and family ministry. He desires and strives to serve people where they are at in the hopes that we can grow together in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Karen Keswick, Preschool Director

(512) 288-2330
Preschool@ConnectWithJesus.org
Karen Keswick

Karen Keswick has been the Director of Mt. Olive Preschool since the Fall of 2004. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and earned her Master's Degree in Developmental and Adult Education from Southwest Texas State University (now named Texas State). She has worked with children of all ages and in various capacities for most of her adult life including camp director, dropout specialist, and ROPES course facilitator.

One of her greatest joys is sharing Bible stories and songs with the preschool kids. Her husband and their two sons enjoy gardening, cooking, playing catch and dodge ball in the back yard, playing with their dog, Scooter, and going to the beach.

Susan Kiehnau, Director of Operations

(512) 288-2370
Info@ConnectWithJesus.org
Susan Kiehnau

Susan Kiehnau has been a member of Mt. Olive since 2005. She and her husband Michael have three children, Andrew, Eric and Caroline. Susan started working at Mt. Olive in January 2011. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and Suffolk University Law School. Before her children were born, she practiced law in Massachusetts, Texas, and Virginia. For many years, she has worked in a variety of volunteer positions in the schools, her church, and the community.

Karen Harris, Praise Team Director

(512) 288-2370
Praise@ConnectWithJesus.org
Karen Harris

Karen Harris has been a member of the Mt. Olive Praise Team since 2006 and has served as the Praise Team Leader since January 2011. She holds a Master of Science in Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Stephen F. Austin University. Her love of music started with violin lessons as a child, and though venturing into other disciplines, which resulted in a rather varied background in education, work experience, and volunteer activities, music has remained an important lifelong passion. She released her first CD "Moved By Faith” in May 2010, a collection of her original Contemporary Christian songs. She and her husband have two children.

Anna Braun, Children's Ministry

(512) 288-2370
hiskids@ConnectWithJesus.org
Karen Harris

Anna Braun was born and raised in Minnetonka, MN. She met here amazing husband, Pastor Ben, at Concordia University Wisconsin where she earned her BS in athletic training. They have two wonderful children, Kyah and Dillan. Anna loves running, playing sports (especially soccer), being outside and scrapbooking. Being one of four children and now having kids of her own, she really has a passion for kids, watching them grow, and helping them come to know and love Jesus the way He loves us.

Helen Wiley, Organist and Choir Director

(512) 288-2370
Music@ConnectWithJesus.org
Karen Harris

Helen Wiley has served as organist and choir director at Mt. Olive since December 2012. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2012, with a Master of Music in Organ Performance (Sacred Music Emphasis). At the University of Texas, she studied organ with Dr. Judith Hancock and studied service playing and improvisation with Dr. Gerre Hancock. She also holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Columbus State University in Georgia, where she studied with Prof Joseph Golden. Helen has worked as a church organist since 2008. She lives in Austin with her cats, Zooey and Tallis.


10408 Hwy 290 West
Austin, Texas 78736
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