Thank you for visiting my website.  

Here, you will find all sorts of information about me, which I hope will give you a fuller picture of who I am, what I believe, and what you might expect from me if I come to serve you as Pastor or as a consultant with your congregation.  

You will find recordings and videos of sermons under "Pastoral and Academic Work" 

You will find a growing list of valuable things to read under "Interesting Articles"  

With effect on July 1, 2014, I will be the Pastor and Teacher of St. John's United Church of Christ in Waukegan, IL.  

Jim Olson


1. Worship is at the heart of what we do together as Christians.  

2. Worship can always be done better, and sometimes, it takes a compassionate but critical fresh eye to offer suggestions. 

3. Badly done worship will chase away visitors and newcomers more quickly than just about anything else. 

4. The Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross were not "We've never done it this way before".