Todd Bio

Pastor Todd Olson


Todd Olson
Senior Pastor

To oversee the overall worship life and ministry life of the staff and people of First Evangelical Free Church.

Church Background
Pastor Todd grew up attending a Lutheran church.  While in seminary, he attended an EFCA church and has been in the Free Church since 1997, when he became the Senior Pastor at the Evangelical Free Church of Willmar in Willmar, Minnesota.

Educational Background

  • Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
    BA in Religion.  Graduated magna cum laude
  • North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
    Studied Classical and Koine Greek for two years before entering seminary
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
    Master of Divinity 1989
    Master of Theology in Practical Theology 1990
    Teaching Fellow in Homiletics 1989-1990
  • Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies - Study Program in Israel
    Bible World Seminars - Eight Study Programs to Israel and one to Turkey/Greece
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
    Doctor of Ministry 2004

Ministry Background

  • Senior Pastor
    Christ the King Free Lutheran Church, Pipestone, MN 1991-1996
  • Senior Pastor
    Evangelical Free Church of Willmar, Willmar, MN 1997-2006
  • Lead Pastor
    Calvary Evangelical Free Church, Rochester, MN 2006-2010

Family Background
Pastor Todd is the second of six children raised in Fertile, Minnesota, a small town in the Red River Valley of Northwestern Minnesota. Todd's wife, Sharon, grew up in Hollywood, Florida. Her family eventually moved to Hibbing, Minnesota where she went to high school.  Pastor Todd and Sharon met in college and were married in 1983. They have five children, four boys and a girl (Luke [married to Macai], Benjamin [married to Anna], Gabriel, Caleb, and Miriam).

Greatest Satisfaction
Seeing people come to personal faith in Christ and then grow in His Word.

Greatest Challenge
Eating leftovers :-)

Vision for the Future
Seeing the Lord's church coalesce around the Gospel and then mobilize for Kingdom expansion, locally and globally.

Last Published: August 29, 2012 5:13 PM
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