Gary Olsen - Lead Pastor, Rolling Hills Community Church
Pastor Gary is a devout believer that “a great church seeks to live out the Great Commandments and the Great Commission.” Thus Jesus’ charges to “love God with all your heart,” “love your neighbor as yourself,” and “go and make disciples of all peoples” form the foundation for his pastoral ministry.
Ways that he has equipped as a disciple to carry those orders out include:
+ completing the Certificate Course for Marriage Mentoring through Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott’s Marriage Mentoring Academy in 2014;
+ attending the annual family ministry conference “D6” since 2012, and thus implementing family-life ministries such as “HomePointe” and FaithPath;”
+ becoming a certified online workshop provider in 2008 through BeADisciple.com at Southwestern College in Kansas, and leading online courses in subjects from C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles to Local Lay Speaker Servant training,
+ earning his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2007 at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky via his dissertation entitled “Disciple-Making Boards: The Impact of Training a Church’s Governing Board in Small-Group Spiritual Formation Leadership;”
+ leading Rolling Hills in pilot programs for Stephen Ministry and Purpose-Driven Churches, including Celebrate Recovery’s “Life’s Healing Choices” and ChristCare’s “Training Small-Group Leaders Using a Small-Group Format;”
+ receiving the Certificate of Advanced Church Leadership from the Beeson Institute, along with his wife Joyce, in 2002, participating in a three-year seminary program to take pastors and church leaders to cutting-edge, teaching churches across the United States;
+ training in St. Louis in 2000 with Stephen Ministry to be a trainer for the ChristCare small-group ministry system;
+ attaining a Masters of Divinity in 1982 from Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary, near Milwaukee, WI;
+ collecting Clinical Pastoral Education units in 1979 at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket, RI through Interfaith Healthcare Ministries.
When asked about interests and hobbies, Gary lists his wife, their two children and their families, including three grand-children! He also enjoys researching family history, as well as digitizing the results in order to share it with extended family.
Dave spent most of his youth growing up in Northern California. At an early age he was interested in music and started his musical journey by taking up the drums. He studied percussion with a respected instructor, Todd Fleming, for several years. In his senior year of high school he started playing guitar and singing to expand his musical knowledge. This was prompted by an opportunity to join a new band that was being formed. Dave continued his education at Santa Rosa Junior College where he majored in music. While attending college he maintained his professional music career in a bay area band named Steele. This band went on to be offered a record contract, but the band decided to turn it down in hopes of a better offer. While Steele did not become a national act, they were well known in Northern California and played with many nationally known artists. Dave went on to form other bands in the later part of the 1980’s and eventually transitioned into writing, producing, and recording his own music as well as other artists. He continues to write, produce, and record Christian music currently.
Dave’s non-musical carrier resides in the software industry. He has been working for software companies for over 20 years in various roles. He attained a senior management position in a Northern California firm that produced various automated insurance rating programs. In 2003 Dave and his family moved to Lago Vista and he joined Highland Lakes Software. This company produces enterprise programs for telecommunications billing and accounting. He currently holds a senior management position overseeing the software support and quality assurance departments.
Dave, his wife of 21 years Jamie, and his daughter Sabrina joined Rolling Hills Community Church shortly after moving to Lago Vista in 2003 and have all been active members ever since. Dave joined the contemporary praise band in late 2003 as the bassist and a vocalist. He later transitioned into a lead guitar role and continued to sing lead and backup vocals. He took over the leadership role for the praise band on January 1, 2010.
Judy Geddes began membership and her employment at Rolling Hills Community Church in 1998. She has been actively involved in youth ministry during the past nine years as director of the Youth Choir, Coordinator of the elementary youth programs, and this past year she has taken on the responsibility of the Middle School and High School youth ministry. Judy is a Stephen Leader in the Stephen Ministry program, Christ Care Small Group Leader, and Lay Ministry Leader in the Church. She is involved in the Care Ministry of the church, and oversees most care needs of those who request help. This can include prayer requests, food needs, hospital and nursing home visitation, or fulfilling a request for a Stephen Minister.
Judy and her husband Bill love camping, gardening, animals (especially cats), and their five granddaughters. Wherever they go Judy always keeps her cell phone handy and is in constant touch with the church. Reaching her is never a problem and she welcomes any and all calls regardless of the time of day.
Bettie is Director of the Children's Early Education Program (RHEEEP). She was born in Alice, Texas in 1972. She grew up in a variety of places: Corpus Christi Texas, Chattanooga Tennessee, and Houston Texas. She graduated in 1990 from Kempner High School in Houston. Bettie attended college at the University of Houston, until she and her husband moved to Austin in 1993. She transferred to The Univerity of Texas at Austin and graduated from UT with a BS degree in Applied Learning and Developmemt, with a minor in creative drama. She is also certified by the State of Texas to teach K-8 grades and has an early childhood endorsement that certifies her to also teach in Pre-K and Kindergarten. After graduating UT, she taught at a private kindergarten in Austin for five years. They moved their family to Lago Vista in May of 1999. Bettie and Charles have been married 17 years and have two daughters, Autumn and Hayley and one son Charles Elijah. They joined Rolling Hills Community Church in November 2001. Prior to working at RHCC she was a co-owner of an Education and Enrichment center here locally. Presently she is active at Rolling Hills as a small group leader and teaches at the Sunday evening Youth activities.
In his interview for the Rolling Hills Youth Associate position, when asked if there was one word that would describe him, Matt smiled and said, “CRAZY!” As Matt describes himself, “the good Lord didn’t put a shy bone in my body! (ha-ha) I love to get in there with the youth and show that being a Christian can be exciting and life changing, not only for themselves but for others also.” After graduating Lehman High School in San Marcos, Texas, Matt went right to work, and his most recent career passion was served at the Gary Job Corps as Community Life Advisor. At 21, Matt has an opportunity to start at Concordia University in Austin with a major in Special Education and a minor in Psychology. Matt looks the Rolling Hills Church family in the eye and says, “I pray that God will use me in any way that He can to help your children, and I promise to give it my all every time!” Matt will team with parent Ira Wiesman to serve in leading Planet Youth, the Rolling Hills middle school ministry.
Got questions about Jesus Christ, car radio systems, kayaks, touring bikes, or Eagle Scouts? Ask Marty DeVoss, our Youth Ministry Assistant! Having moved to Lago Vista a few months ago from Denton, Texas, where he attended the University of North Texas and Denton Bible Church, Marty brings deep faith and a local presence to high school and middle school ministry. Also ask him about Jessica, Charlotte, and Lucy!