Jeffrey C Olson–Lead Pastor
Jeffrey is a native of Roseville MN who early in his teen years experienced Christ’s presence and love during treatment for Leukemia. In that experience he sensed a call into ministry to share with others the love and presence of Christ in that season. Jeff and Lisa met and fell in love in college and have been married for 10+ years and have three active boys, Jonas (7), August (5) and Elias (3).
Jeffrey earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Bethel University. He continued into seminary and attended classes at Gordon Conwell, North Park and finished his Masters in Divinity at Bethel University.
Jeffrey has had the pleasure of serving in 3 church ministries in the past 15 years. He has worked at a church plant, a Christian college and on pastoral staff at two Covenant Churches. All of these roles have had pioneering aspects to them where he has helped to create and develop teams, services and ministries, and Jeffrey feels that all of these experiences had been preparing him for this exciting new call to plant a church back in the region where he grew up.
Together with Lisa he eagerly looks forward to this exciting opportunity to share the love of Christ with the city they know and love so well. Jeff enjoys creatively telling people about the message of hope in Christ and is particularly drawn to settings and people who may have never had a chance to hear and embody the good news before, or need to hear and see it in fresh new ways.
Lisa L Olson–Children’s Ministry Director
Lisa grew up right outside Boston, Massachusetts. Raised in a Christian home with two older brothers, she was heavily involved in sports and music and was open about her faith in a secular public school environment. Hungry for understanding God more and grow in community with others, Lisa attended Bethel and studied Philosophy and Art. Her involvement there in leadership as a resident assistant, worship teams, and collegiate sports grew in Lisa a heart for pouring into others in the areas of personal, spiritual and emotional development.
Lisa and Jeff married in 2003. While working as a Resident Director at Crown college, Lisa completed her masters degree in Ministry Leadership in 2007. Her passion to see college age students grasp their purpose and potential in all areas of their lives really fueled Lisa’s desire for development and mentoring.
In the last season of ministry, Lisa has served as a Campus Staff Minister at the University of Rhode Island with Intervarsity Christian fellowship. A campus of 15,000 students, Lisa was charged with the leadership, recruiting and equipping of students around the mission to establish and advance witnessing communities of students and faculty that grow in a love for God, His Word, and His World.
Most recently, Lisa has been investing her time and energy in being mom to her three boys; Jonas, August and Elias.
Anna Toumala–Ministry Intern
Hi! I’m Anna. I’m a recent graduate of University of Northwestern St. Paul where I earned a degree in History and Biblical & Theological studies. I have a passion for studying the Bible through a historical lens and also for women’s history. When I’m not reading or studying, I love to sing and play music. I have been leading worship for the last seven years and it brings me the most joy. When I’m not doing those things I work as a Barista. I’m also very passionate about camping ministry and have worked for the past two summers at Lake Beauty Bible Camp but I am looking forward to learning more about church ministry this year.
Justin Wells–Director of Worship Arts
Justin grew up in Brookfield, Wisconsin and loyally cheers for the Packers. He was raised in a Christian family, in a full home with four siblings and many pets.
Justin attended University of Minnesota from 2011, double majoring in music and computer science. Through his involvement in an on-campus ministry, God entered in and revealed the beauty and reality of the gospel. Justin then had the opportunity to lead worship for two years with the college ministry. Through this, he realized his love for God, music, a variety of instruments, and he majorly geeks out about music theory.
After graduating in 2015, Justin’s desire to utilize his gift in music to glorify our Lord and creator fueled a desire to lead worship. He served leading worship with Hope Community church for two years. During that time, he also lead worship at a church plant of 20 people called Gospel Church. After serving in these churches and while looking for a new church home, Justin visited Catalyst. In a mutual answer to prayer, he joined Catalyst as a worship leader.
Justin has a heart for people to understand Christ’s love for them and to see people move nearer to the freedom of the cross. Written all throughout scripture are songs and music inspired by God, and songs used as a way to communicate with God. Songs can voice a heart’s cry so honestly before the Lord, and retell a promise over and over. If you know any witty puns, casually throw them his way. The more puns, the better the day.
Sullivan Keehr–Director of Communications
Sullivan grew up on a 12-acre sheep farm just outside Little Falls, MN, spending most summers working on his grandparents’ farm half a mile down the road.
He grew up at one of the local ELCA churches, gaining and growing in faith as far back as he can remember. He also attended a youth group at the local Assemblies of God church during high school. At a youth conference with that youth group his senior year, he heard his call to ministry, which led him to Bethel University to double-major in Youth Ministry and Biblical & Theological Studies.
Sullivan is currently pursuing his M. Div. at Bethel Seminary through their SemPM program, and drifts from one odd task to another in his free-time.
Josiah Hagen–Pastoral Intern
Josiah is a long time Twin Cities resident, and currently lives in Roseville with his wife Kat, and their daughter Zoey.
Josiah received an associate’s degree with an emphasis in philosophy from Normandale Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University St. Paul, majoring in Leadership in Ministry. He is in his final year at Bethel Seminary, and will graduate with his M.Div. this May.
Josiah has a passion for the whole Bible, but has a special love for the Old Testament. He loves discovering, and sharing, the connections found throughout Scripture, as well as how Scripture can help transform us to be more like Christ.
Josiah loves reading, hearing, and telling a good story. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, eating, and playing games!
Advisory leadership team
These wonderful people (from left to right: Jack, Jeff, Ginny, Charles, Peter, Kati) make up our Advisory Leadership Team. These leaders have a passion for Christ, people and for seeing our church continue to thrive. This volunteer group meets monthly to pray, discern, talk big picture items and help us as a community continue to fulfill our mission.