MOUNT OLYMPUS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 

(P.C.-U.S.A.)

Christian is what we are, Presbyterian is how we do it


Beyond a very gifted and capable staff, our church is led by:

- Our session of elders who have responsibility for the mission and government of our church.

- Our board of deacons who minister to those in need, to the sick, and any who may be facing difficult times in their lives.


Our standard for leadership is the example of the Lord Jesus Christ, who came “not to be served but to serve.” (Matt. 20:28)

  • PHIL HUGHES

    Senior Pastor

    Phil is a native of the Bay Area, and a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. He loves being a parent, with his wife Nancy, to his three daughters. Phil digs jazz music, cooking and food, and the Oakland Raiders.

  • SHEILA BARNISH

    Executive Administrator

    Sheila was raised in Salt Lake City, graduating from Olympus High School and the University of Utah. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Stephen, and they have 3 fantastic daughters, ranging in age from 13 to 23. Her family keeps her busy (on any given weekend you might find them all at Lagoon) and in her spare time she enjoys reading.

  • EMILY PIPER

    Administrative Assistant

    Emily came to Utah from California in 2004, met and married Bob in 2005, and began attending MOPC in 2006. Emily loves hiking, camping, concerts at Red Butte Garden, Prairie Home Companion, Farmers Markets, and visiting her daughter’s family in Portland, Oregon.

  • JAMIE WHITE

    Director of Youth Ministry

    Jamie and Dave White have three children, Blake, Chase and Mila, and spend most of their time playing outside, building legos, and creating forts in their living room. Other than her love for her family and youth ministry, give her some chocolate, a cup of coffee, and a good book and she’s set.

  • RUTH RUDY

    Director of Children's Ministry

    Ruth grew up in Chambersburg, Pa, the only major northern community burned down by the Confederates during the Civil War. Because of the town she grew up in, she appreciates history and finds our nation’s history particularly fascinating. She has a passion for music, especially opera. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys spending time with her adorable hubby of 16 years and their two children. They are a busy young family who enjoys camping, traveling, and just hanging out together!

  • MATT CAIN

    The Mount Director and Assistant to the Youth Minister

    Matt is a big supporter of YoungLife and was on staff for 6 years. He is married to his wife Bre, together they love hiking, art, camping and doing everything with their 2 dogs. When he isn’t fly-fishing or in a coffee shop he is reading books.

  • Shanda Hildebrand


    Director of Mount Olympus Child Development Center

    Shanda grew up in Salt Lake City and has worked for the Mount Olympus Child Development Center for 19 years.  She is married with two young children.  Shanda loves to camp and spend time in the outdoors, especially the red rocks of southern Utah. 

  • JOHN MEHLHOFF

    Director of Facilities

    John and Lauren both graduated from the University of South Dakota where they met. With business and advertising degrees in hand, they turned their attention to the cleaning world. John started and ran a mobile truck wash company for twenty years, while Lauren received her tidying training from years of picking up after two active kids (and now grandkids). They care for the church building and grounds, always looking for ways to make the space more welcoming, fresh, and free from distractions. You’ll see them around often, but look out! John is always armed with a new joke for unsuspecting visitors.

  • LAUREN MEHLHOFF

    Director of Facilities

    John and Lauren both graduated from the University of South Dakota where they met. With business and advertising degrees in hand, they turned their attention to the cleaning world. John started and ran a mobile truck wash company for twenty years, while Lauren received her tidying training from years of picking up after two active kids (and now grandkids). They care for the church building and grounds, always looking for ways to make the space more welcoming, fresh, and free from distractions. You’ll see them around often, but look out! John is always armed with a new joke for unsuspecting visitors.

  • HEATHER ALLEN

    11 A.M. Worship Director

    Heather grew up in southern Idaho and attended Utah State University where she received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Jesse, and they have three children, Cater, Halle, and Asher. She and Jesse love to travel, support their kids in their various activities, and eat out at their favorite local restaurants. Heather's playlists are filled with worship music from her favorite artists such as All Sons & Daughters, John Mark McMillan, and Hillsong United.

  • BONNIE PAISLEY

    Organist

    Bonnie started piano at about 4 years old. She added organ lessons as a teenager. As an accompanist in church music, her goal is to assist the congregation to not just sing musically, but to worship and praise God in song.

  • EMILY WILLIAMS

    Pianist

    Emily Williams received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah in 2001. After teaching choral music for four years, she returned to the University of Utah to pursue a Master of Music degree in collaborative piano (2008). Ms. Williams is a vocal coach and piano instructor at Westminster College as well as an accompanist for the Westminster Chamber Singers, Chorale, and the Opera Studio. She also works as an accompanist and coach for several voice studios at the University of Utah. As an accompanist, Emily spends her summers in Italy with La Musica Lirica, a summer opera program for young American performers. She has and continues to work with Utah Symphony and Opera and also does freelance and répétiteur work throughout the Wasatch Front.