After three settled calls in a variety of congregational settings, Dr. Olson began serving as an intentional interim minister in October 2019. He is passionate about vitalizing and revitalizing congregations in mission and ministry by asking the “God questions”: “What is God doing?” and “What does God want us to do?” Olson holds a BA in psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College, an MDiv from the former Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, and a DMin from Luther Seminary in Congregational Mission and Leadership. Because he was in the business world for 16 years and a lay leader in congregations before entering seminary, he understands congregational leadership from “both sides.” Olson is also passionate about golf, reading, and solving puzzles.
Board of Directors
The Rev. Dr. Scott E. Olson
Beth Ann Gaede
Beth Ann Gaede is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and served parishes in the Minneapolis area for eight years. She has a DMin from Luther Seminary, and her thesis focused on discerning vocations for retirement. Beth has been an editor for church-related publishers since 1990 and is currently an acquisitions editor for Fortress Press. She enjoys canoeing, fly fishing, and cooking.
Gary W. Meyer
Gary W. Meyer has worked in public accounting and in industry and is currently in retirement. After obtaining a masters in accounting at the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee, Gary joined Arthur Andersen & Co. working in Milwaukee; Oslo, Norway; and St. Paul. After 10 years in public accounting, Gary worked in a variety of small- to medium-sized companies: a bar and restaurant company, cafeteria and vending company, grocery store chain, and bottled water manufacturing. His role was as the chief financial officer. Since retiring in 2012, Gary has pursued recreational music and painting.
The Rev. Peter Soli
Peter Soli is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Central to his call to ministry has been a desire to make a positive difference in people's lives and in the world. He says, "My interests are theology, family systems, peacemaking, teaching, and facilitation.”
Peter has been the settled pastor in four congregations. He served 10 years as an intentional interim minister in eight congregations and four years as assistant to the bishop and Director of Evangelical Mission in the Western Iowa Synod.
During the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, Peter launched an effort he called the Grassroots Ministry Sustainability Project. Because of the many changes congregations have been facing and the effects COVID-19 are having on small congregations, he believed an organization dedicated to the life, ministry, and vitality of small congregations was needed. In the fall of 2020, he founded Dialog Works, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to the mission of serving the needs of small congregations and their leaders.