Our Mission & Vision

Cottage Grove United Church of Christ is a Joyful Place to be… making connections, touching lives, and serving Christ.

Leadership Team:

OLSON-BRYAN-69Rev. 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.

Austin Swayne, Youth Director


AFDAHL-GARYGary Afdahl, Director of Music


STAFF Krisi Jacobs Krisi Jacobs, Kidz Ministry Superintendent



Jan Huber, Wedding Assistant & Special Events Coordinator

Paul White, Council President

Linda Stancer, Spirituality and Worship

Emily Olson, Fellowship

Krisi Jacobs, Nurture and Education

Ron Bonnevier, Mission and Outreach

Ken Huber and Mike Roberts, Property and Maintenance

Lisa Cardin, Administrative Assistant


HEUER-KRISTINEKristine Heuer, Nursery Staff


WOHLERS-PAUL-44Sheri Wohlers, Custodian