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Who We Are


Mount Olympus Presbyterian Church (PC-USA)

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.


Jeff Silliman

Pastor Emeritus

Jeff Silliman served as pastor of MOPC for 26 years. During his ministry, membership and attendance grew, the building was expanded twice, and this church strengthened in spiritual vitality.

He is now retired, and still lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Connie.


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 11 to 21. 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, Chaseand 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.


Julie Hessheimer

Director of Mount Olympus Child Development Center

Julie grew up on a small farm in West Jordan, Utah. She is one of 14 children in a blended family. She is married with two adult sons, eight foster children and several wolfs. Julie's hobbies are sugar art, cake decorating, and motor cycles (she once rebuilt a Harley in her kitchen). She has worked in the childcare field for 34 years and loves serving children and families.


John & Lauren Mehlhoff

Directors of Facilities

John and Lauren handle everything in the building and on the grounds. Both served as a part of the Reagan Administration and at one point oversaw the entire White House building and grounds staff. John's claim to fame is being one of the employees at the Watergate Hotel who caught Nixon's men breaking and entering. Lauren also works at a local game shop overseeing daylong games of Monopoly and Risk.


Jason Stevens

11 A.M. Worship Director

Jason is the worship and music leader at our 11 a.m. worship service, and occasionally at The Mount. He is also the Youth Director at Mountain View Methodist Church.


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.


Additional Staff

Kathy Terrion, Assistant for Pastoral Care

Jeanne Mehlhoff, Treasurer

Mitch Spackman, Financial Secretary

Marina Collins, co-Director of Outreach

Julie Davidson, co-Director of Outreach


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