Harry and Carol Olsen

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

In March 2003 Harry was appointed by Missions Door as the Church Planting Specialist for the Rocky Mountain Region. He worked directly with the Rocky Mountain Conservative Baptist Association as their director of church planting. Because of his experience in church-based evangelism, as well as recovery ministries (helping churches minister to folks with addictions), Harry has been available over the years for consultant work with existing churches as needed. Harry’s overall experience has come through church planting work in South Africa, as well as here in the States, in communities ranging in populations from 700 to millions. Outside of Harry’s overseas experience, Harry and Carol have been with the Conservative Baptist movement for roughly 40 years. Harry currently leads a ministry of Missions Door known as Church Birthing Matrix. CB Matrix’s approach is to recruit and train individuals for church planting, and then to mentor them in their newly-birthed church leadership positions.  This ministry features a two year Bible Certificate Program for training church Planters, Pastors, and other church leaders using a method that is both on line, and live.  This part of CB Matrix is known as “Ministry Equip Net”.

Faith Story

Harry’s and Carol’s early faith experiences were somewhat parallel, even though they lived on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Harry (a missionary’s kid) accepted Christ in South Africa as a small child. Carol, around the same age of 4, accepted Christ in Massachusetts. Both rededicated their lives and made commitments to Christ for full-time Christian service at age 11. God brought their lives together at Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon, in 1972. They married in 1974 and have been planting churches together for over 45 years.

Family

Harry and Carol have three married grown children: Rebekah, Josh, and Tim, and 6  grandchildren, one of whom is already with Jesus.   Find out more about Harry’s ministry at: www.cbmatrix.org

Learn more about where this ministry happens

In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast

Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.

The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.

The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.

Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.

Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.

Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.

Cultural Snapshot

Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.

Faith Fact

In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.

Country Profile

Population: 320 million

Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other

Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others

Literacy: 99%

Poverty: 16%

 

 

Ministry service area:
Harvest America

Ministry location:
Colorado, United States