Olivet Lutheran Church Staff

Pastor Nate Tuff

Lead Pastor
Pastor Nathan Tuff was born in Minneapolis, but was raised in the country of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific as the child of missionaries. He went to college in Iowa, and Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota. He joined Olivet as Associate Pastor in 2014, becoming lead Pastor in 2016. In his 30+ years of ministry he has served congregations in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and now Sylvania Ohio. He is licensed as an Elementary Bilingual and ESL Teacher. He is married to Kim Nielsen, and has two adult daughters, who are well known for their involvement in our congregation.

Pr. Melissa Micham

Associate Pastor
Olivet welcomed her in 2016. Pastor Melissa Micham was ordained as an ELCA minister in 2007. She served as the pastor of Glenwood Lutheran Church from 2007 – 2015 and as Site Director for Abundant Life Together, a gap year ministry for young adults from 2015-2016, both in Toledo, OH. Pastor Melissa and her husband, Marvin, share their home in Berkey with two cats. They raise hens for eggs. Pastor Melissa also enjoys lifting weights and Sudoku puzzles.

Shannon Walker

Director Of Operations
Shannon is responsible for the daily operation of the building, supervision of staff as well as various activities and ministries happening in our busy congregation. She has been serving Olivet since 2003 and enjoys her 2 children and 4 grandchildren as well as traveling with her husband of 49 years, Skip. You can reach her daily (Monday-Friday) 8-4:30 by phone 419-882-2077. Also via email at

Donna Mens

Director of Faith Formation
Donna joined Olivet staff in 2013 and oversees curriculum and planning for Children/Youth Faith Formation programs, including Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Divorce Care for Kids, etc. She also is involved in Adult Faith Formation ministries & Family Events. Donna and her husband, Bob, are long-time Olivet members and have 7 adult children and 18 grandchildren. She can be reached email:

Mike Vince

Financial Secretary
Mike has served in this capacity since 2002 and is appointed by Council. Responsibilities include check writing, banking processing, managing various systems related to contributions, income and expenses. He serves on the Finance Team and is instrumental in the budget process. Mike and his wife, Karma, have three daughters and are long-time Olivet members. He may be reached by email:

Chrisann Shaner

Membership Coordinator
Chrisann is responsible for the maintenance of Olivet’s membership roster, as well as coordinating the schedules for the many Servants in Worship such as Ushers, Ministers of Word, Acolytes, Assisting Ministers, etc. She is a faithful office assistant since 2005, also dealing with all the regular duties of greeting members and guests. She works Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30-2:30. Chrisann is married to Barry and they have 3 adult children.

Patty Stammler

Communications Specialist
Patty has been with Olivet since 2009, being responsible for all printed media. Her talents involve the formatting/graphics for the many publications at Olivet including worship bulletins, Olive Press (monthly newsletter), Olive Branch (bi-weekly newsletter), as well as many special projects. She typically works Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Patty and her husband, Jeff, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Patty always welcomes your articles to include in publications. They may be emailed to

Dr. Stephen Hodge

Adult Choir Director
Steve has a long history with Olivet as the Adult Choir Director. Dr. Hodge was Professor of Music at the University of Toledo and Director of Choral Activities. He welcomes people with a love of music and singing to consider joining Olivet’s Adult Choir. He can be reached at

Ashley Kelley

Praise Band Leader
Ashley Kelley, who joined Olivet’s music ministry team in March of 2020, has been leading worship in a variety of settings for 17 years. She grew up in the Toledo area and discovered a passion for music very early in life. Ashley loves to sing and is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She lives with her wife and two dogs, and she and her wife enjoy playing together in an acoustic duo at local bars and restaurants weekly.

Xavier Suarez

Xavier Suarez joined Olivet in August of 2016. He is a talented organist/accompanist who has a wealth of experience with various schools and churches. He accompanies the Olivet choir on Wednesdays and provides beautiful accompaniment each Sunday at the 9 am Traditional service.

Carol Miller

Handbell & Children’s Choir Director
Carol has a long history with Olivet’s music ministries dating back to 1994. Currently she directs two handbell choirs (Jubilee and Rejoice). She also assists with children’s worship programs. She is employed as an Insurance Agent at a Sylvania agency. Carol and her husband Jim are long-time Olivet members. She may be reached by email at

John Casper

John joined the Olivet custodial team in 2006 and he is responsible for event set ups/tear downs in the Christian Life Center. He also is multi-talented as our fix-it guy and various maintenance projects. John and his wife, Pam, are long-time Olivet members and have 3 children and 6 grandkids.

Andrea Laws

Andrea has been a staff member since 2009 and is dedicated to maintaining Olivet’s large facility along with other members of our custodial team. Andrea works Monday through Friday mornings. She tackles her daily chores with a friendly and accommodating nature. Andrea and her husband, Rich, have 3 daughters and 3 grandsons.