The Rev. Dr. Donald Olsen was called by the congregation to become the Senior Minister in October, 2007. Dr. Olsen most recently served as Dean of the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies, the educational Division of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. He also served the Association as an Associate Executive Secretary for the Division for Ministry, the Missionary Society, and the Division for Congregational Church Development. Dr. Olsen was trained by the Alban Institute to provide support and counsel to churches and clergy in conflict. Dr. Olsen is a graduate of: Bethel College, Arden Hills, MN, BA Philosophy and Theology; United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, MN, M.Div. and The Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, D.Min.
Dr. Olsen has served churches in Manhasset, New York and Lathrup Village, Michigan. Don’s spouse, Penny, is the Executive Director of The Pando Initiative, which connects with students to help them engage and thrive in education and their future. Don and Penny have four adult children, five grandchildren, and one Miniature Dachshund named Abe.