Youngdahl, Pastor Of Largest ELCA Church In Nation, Dies « CBS Minnesota. I remember meeting Pastor Youngdahl as a student at Luther Seminary. Mt Olivet offered a retreat to all senior seminarians during which he and the staff would offer pastoral insights and tips that they had learned over the years. Though several of my classmates were suspicious of his church’s “success,” I found him to be a gracious pastor who truly cared about each of us as future pastors. I pray for his family as they grieve his sudden death and for Mt. Olivet as they seek to transition to new leadership.