Pastor & Staff

Interim Pastor – Rev. Richard Rollefson

Pastor Richard is a graduate of Luther College, the University of London, Yale University Divinity School and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where he earned a Ph.D. In addition to serving churches in the San Francisco Bay area, Milwaukee and San Diego, Richard was Campus Pastor at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Since 2013 Richard has worked as an Intentional Interim Pastor for the Pacifica Synod of the ELCA in Palm Desert, Los Alamitos and Newport Beach.

In his spare time Pastor Richard likes to bike, windsurf, play tennis and guitar.

Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church Staff:


Parish Administrator

Director of Children & Teen Ministry


Director of Traditional Music

Director of Contemporary Music

Nursery Caregiver

MaryAnn Jakes

Deanna Schultze

Tony Bloodworth

Paul Woodring

Dave Becker