Our Mission & Vision

Cottage Grove United Church of Christ is committed to following in the way of Christ by feeding people both physically and spiritually.

Leadership Team:

OLSON-BRYAN-69  Rev. Bryan Olson, Pastor

Pastor Bryan finds great joy in serving others in the name of Christ. He began this mission as a teenager and continues to passionately preach about and pursue this ministry today at Cottage Grove UCC. “I am very excited to be leading a congregation that is committed to feeding people both physically and spiritually and working with such great service ministries as Church World Service, Cottage Grove Farmer’s Market, Feed My Starving ChildrenFriends in Need Food Shelf, Hope for the Journey Home, Stone Soup Thrift Shop, Toys for Tots, and so many others,” said Pastor Bryan.

A graduate of Luther College and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Pastor Bryan was ordained in 2006 and has served Christ’s church in both Cottage Grove, MN and Newtown, PA. He believes that reading and living the Word of God daily is a vital faith practice, which is why he began the One Year Bible Challenge at Cottage Grove UCC in 2014.

IMG_1333Pastor Bryan is an avid reader and sports fan (especially baseball)! Before entering seminary, Pastor Bryan spent four years working in Minor League Baseball with the South Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs and the Charlotte Knights. He also enjoys watching movies and spending as much time as possible with his wife, Emily, and son, Kenneth.


AFDAHL-GARY  Gary Afdahl, Director of Music/Choir Director

STAFF Krisi Jacobs  Krisi Jacobs, Sunday School Superintendent

Jan Huber, Wedding Assistant & Special Events Coordinator

Ken Huber, Spiritual Gifts Coordinator

Bob Janicek, Council President

Pam Dahlstrom, Spirituality and Worship

Brenda Herrmann, Fellowship

Traci Larsen, Nurture and Education

Carma Wilkinson, Mission and Outreach

PERKINS-JOHN-6  John Perkins, Facilities Manager

LANZ-JENN-35  Jenn Lanz, Admin. Asst. & Financial Secretary

HEUER-KRISTINE  Kristine Heuer, Nursery Staff & Treasurer

WOHLERS-PAUL-44  Sheri Wohlers, Custodian