Rev. Dr. Scott Olson – Interim Pastor
Dr. Olson accepted the call to be Interim Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, Preston, MN in October 2022.
Prior to that, he served the congregations of Good Shepherd, Wells, MN (2021-22), Grace, Waseca, MN (2019-2021), Grace, Mankato, MN (2010-19), Central, Winona, MN (2000-10) and St. Paul, Chatsworth, IL (1996-2000).
Olson earned a BA in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College, an MDiv. from Gettysburg (PA) Lutheran Theological Seminary, and a DMin. in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary (St. Paul). The subject of Dr. Olson’s thesis involved identifying and engaging missional church leadership for the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Preceding the call to ordained ministry, Dr. Olson worked in retail management, beginning in over-the-counter fabrics, and eventually specializing in custom window treatments. As a layperson, he served several churches in various leadership capacities. These experiences, including his own faith struggles as a young adult, that provide a lens for parish ministry. Dr. Olson continues to be amazed at how God constantly and graciously meets us where we are in our journeys of faith.
Dr. Olson is married and, with his wife, Cindy, has two adult daughters who are both teachers. In addition to being a parish pastor, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading murder mysteries, playing golf, and doing crossword puzzles.
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