Director of Staff Ministry and Congregational Assistant Programs
- DMin Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA: Practical Theology
- STM Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon WI: Exegetical Theology
- MDiv Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon WI: Pastoral Ministry
- BA Northwestern College, Watertown WI: Biblical and Theological Languages
Dr. Lawrence Olson served as a parish pastor in Illinois from 1983 to 1993. Since then he has been a professor at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, where he teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in practical theology, Christian doctrine, and biblical history and literature, and the graduate course Foundations of Ministry. He also serves as the Director of the Staff Ministry Program and of the Congregational Assistant Program.
Other service to the church has included membership on the National Board of Christian Life Resources, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Board of Regents, and the WELS Commission on Youth Discipleship. He was a member and chairman of the Western Wisconsin District Commission on Evangelism. In addition, he served as the chairman for several national conventions for the WELS, two dealing with evangelism and one dealing with Sunday School. From 1989 through 1991 he was called as a two-thirds time Parish Consultant for the WELS Board for Parish Services, a role that he continued to fill on a part-time basis, through 2009, while that board was in existence.
After graduating from seminary Olson went on to earn two additional graduate degrees, a Master of Sacred Theology degree in exegetical theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree in practical theology with an emphasis in evangelism. His doctoral dissertation dealt with understanding and responding to inactive members in our congregations.
Olson’ wife, Mary, is a graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College; she has taught in both Lutheran and public schools, and currently serves as an Autism Resource Specialist for a special education district that provides services to seven area school districts and three charter schools. The Olsons have six children.