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.
Phyllis Tettey–Children’s Ministry Intern
My name is Phyllis Abena Tettey. A student from Ghana studying Masters’ of Arts with Concentration in Children, Youth and Family at Luther Seminary. I worked in the Children and Youth Department in my church in Ghana and I am excited to be interning in Catalyst Covenant church in the Children’s Ministry.
Nathan Wahlberg–Director of Worship Arts
Nate Wahlberg grew up in Grayslake, Illinois with his parents and younger brother, Kyle (who also attends Catalyst). Nate fell in love with the Lord at an early age through the loving guidance of his Christ-centered parents and amazing church environment. Nate was heavily involved in ministry opportunities throughout middle school and high school including mission trips to Guatemala, New Mexico, and serving at a special needs camp in Missouri.
Nate attended Bethel University where he double majored in Applied Physics – Mechanical Emphasis and Applied Physics – Electrical Emphasis. He now works as a Project Manager for Harris in their Controls division, which focuses on electrical and mechanical engineering applications in building automation systems.
Nate recently married the love of his love, Rachel, in August of 2019 and they have now attended Catalyst together for two years. During his years at Bethel, Nate served in the United Worship ministry and helped organize and lead multiple worship teams. This included multiple hour-long services on Sunday nights called Vespers, where hundreds of people would gather together to worship God through music. Nate explains that the beauty of this ministry was how it brought together students on campus and locals from the Minneapolis-St Paul area into one space to focus on worshiping God. It was a dedicated time to acknowledge the glory and love of God by inviting Him onto the campus and into the community’s lives.
Nate desires to utilize his gifts in leadership, music, and operations to serve the church community and help inspire a passion in its members that points them towards God’s glory above all else. He believes worship music is an opportunity for all of us to praise God’s character and love. His mercy and grace are enough to sustain us, and we must trust that the Lord holds us tenderly in His hands. We have a God who is righteous and worthy of our praise, and that’s what we can declare in our songs and praises.
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!
Catalyst Leadership Team
Our Leadership Team is responsible for building, maintaining and
overseeing the spiritual welfare of the congregation and for directing and overseeing all ministries and business affairs of the church.
The current Leadership Team members are (from left to right): Ginny Quie, Peter Pelto, Pastor Jeff Olson, Krista Johnson, Jack Johnson, and Dora Wagner.