Pastor Jason Wallingsford
I was raised in Houston where I grew up playing sports (baseball & soccer)! I graduated from Concordia University Texas with a double major (Business & Religious Education). College was a great experience where I continued to grow into my faith while playing baseball, making friends, and going on adventures in Austin!
Upon graduation, I moved back to the Houston-area to serve at CrossPoint in Katy as the Sports Guy. It is here that I truly developed a love for meeting people where they are at and loving them in ways that pointed them to Jesus. I am very excited to get to cultivate friendships with the families of Mt. Olive as well as our Dripping Springs/Southwest Austin community!
I’m newly married to Andrea who has spent the last 15 years in Katy and is currently attending Texas State University to pursue a Math-Teaching degree. We are a young family with a 7-1/2-year-old, Connor. He is currently in the 1st grade and is such a fun-loving kid who is really into all things Pokémon.
I’m a huge fan of the Houston Astros, an avid home-barista who will never turn down a good cup of coffee, a lover of good BBQ, and I’m all about Tacos morning, noon, & night. I also enjoy traveling and doing fun things with my family. I have the goal of completing in an Ironman Race before I’m 30.
Director of Music
Karen has been leading contemporary worship at Mt. Olive since 2011, and has been a member of the Mt. Olive Praise Team since 2006. Her love of music started with violin lessons as a child, which evolved into a passion for singing and playing guitar. As an adult, she ventured into other disciplines, which resulted in a rather varied background in education, work experience, and volunteer activities. She holds an MS in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in Geology from Stephen F. Austin University.
She loves expressing her faith through songwriting, and has compiled a collection of her original contemporary Christian songs on her CD “Moved By Faith”. She also enjoys DIY projects, travel, photography and family time. She and her husband have two sons and four trouble-making goats.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Pianist & Choir Director
He has performed numerous piano solo recitals, both in Spain and in the US, and has held a wide variety of teaching positions at university level and at private schools of music. He has also participated in collaborative work with various singers and instrumentalists.
My faith in Jesus as my Savior is the foundation of my life. Being able to share the love of Jesus with young children through Bible stories and songs and conversations brings me tremendous joy. I believe that children have an understanding of God’s love for them because they know the love they share with their parents and family members. At Mt. Olive Preschool our foremost goal is to teach children that God loves them no matter what, every day, all the time. Everything else—kindness, forgiveness, thankfulness, helpfulness, obedience, doing one’s best, flows from that.
I have worked in education in one form or another my entire adult life. I attended the University of Texas at Austin for my undergraduate degree and earned my Master’s Degree from Southwest Texas State University which is now named Texas State University. My husband and I have 2 sons who attend school in Dripping Springs. We enjoy cooking, gardening, road trips, and hanging out in the back yard with our 2 dopey dogs, Scooter and Ollie.
I’m a lover of Disney, chocolate and BBQ, and when I have the chance, I like to experience outdoor adventures (I’m a 3 time sky-diver), tubing Texas rivers, and dinners with my girlfriends. Worshipping and being an active member/volunteer in a church community has always been an important part of my life. It brings me peace and joy.
My personal motto is, “Pray more, worry less.” God’s got this, y’all! I’m happy and thankful to be a part of the Mt. Olive community!
I am a graduate of Valparaiso University through the Lutheran Deaconess Association. As a deaconess we take the gifts, talents and skills we have and use all these tools to go out and serve others in need— both within the formal church body and outside of it.
I invite you to come visit me and we can explore together how and where God is leading you to serve!