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.