Meet our dedicated staff

The staff at Plymouth Congregational Church is dedicated to serving the congregation, visitors and community by providing an engaging, safe and inspirational atmosphere for fellowship and worship.

Don Olsen

Senior Minister

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.

Karen Robu

Associate Minister

The Rev. Karen Robu began serving Plymouth in April 2011.  She earned her M.Div. from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK in May of 2013 and began work on her D. Min. at Phillips in January of 2018. Before coming to Plymouth, Karen served for seven years as Director of Children and Youth Ministries for University Congregational Church in Wichita, Karen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. She continues to be involved in theatre and performs and directs shows in her spare time. Her favorite roles include Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Rose in Gypsy, and Ursula in Disney’s Little Mermaid, all performed at Music Theatre Wichita. In addition to her other roles she teaches theatre and religion classes for Bethel College in North Newton. Karen lives in Newton with her husband Tim, their youngest daughter, and a number of horses, dogs, cats, chickens, and ducks. 

Howard Webb

Director of Music

Chris Shaw

Organist

Tim Robu

Building Maintenance

Kitchel Woods

Wedding Coordinator

K.D. Keim

Administrative Assistant/Financial Secretary

Lindsay Miller

Children’s Sunday School Teacher

Bill Berry

Custodian