Pastor Tim Olsen
I have been the pastor here for 20 years and love my church family and this community, where my wife Lisa and I raised our two children. I enjoy the ministry and working with all age groups, my favorite being junior high. We are known in town for our children’s and youth ministries. We have Sunday school for all ages, an Alpha program, men’s and women’s Bible studies and many who serve the less fortunate. There is a ministry for children with special needs called Special Grace.
Our passion is for prayer – praying for and with people. We strive to help every member and friend identify their spiritual gifts and use them in ministry. We are a generous and thriving church, seeking to follow God’s direction. The Spirit is alive in our church and many come to see what is happening.
A little background: I grew up in a northern suburb of Chicago; I studied City and Regional Planning at Illinois Institute of Technology. My wife Lisa Sundell and I met in New Hampshire at Camp Squanto in 1986. We got married in 1987 in Chicago, completed North Park Theological Seminary in 1990 and moved to our first church in Rochester, MN. Maja Brittany Cederberg and John Alrik Olsen were born while we served the Rochester Covenant Church. We have also served churches in Chicago and Northbrook, Illinois; Mount Vernon, Washington, and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. In my free time I enjoy being with family (my granddaughter Else is pictured with me!), Chicago sports teams, playing golf, yard work, swimming, and splitting/stacking fire wood.
I invite you to visit us at the Covenant Church of Thomaston. We are a graciously loving community; you can come as you are! And may the Lord bless you today!
Welcome to the Covenant Church of Thomaston!
Pastor Gary Freimuth
Pastor of Congregational Care
The Covenant Church of Thomaston has been my church home for many years. I attended Sunday school, graduated Confirmation and have served on many church boards and committees, including Vice-Chair of the Church, Chair of the Trustees, Chair of the Diaconate and, lastly, served as the Chair of our 125th Anniversary committee in 2015-2016.
My greatest joy has been the creation and leading of our Men’s Ministry program, which serves the widows, widowers and elderly of our church on a monthly basis and meets weekly for a men’s Bible study.
In 2012 I was licensed by the denomination to serve as a Bi-Vocational Pastor, where I enjoy serving where and when needed. I am also the “Pastor” (we already had a Chaplin) for the Northfield Volunteer Fire Company, where I have been a member for over 40 years, performing nuptials, funerals, hospital visitations, and prayers when requested, even a service for the blessing of our new fire truck.
Away from church I have been blessed to have served on many Tres Dias, Kairos Outside and Aventura teams and weekends. It was while serving on a healing ministry team in 2010 that my call to the ministry was powerfully confirmed.
“Bi-vocational” means I work for a living outside of the ministry. I graduated Paier Collage of Art with honors, which led to working in the field of graphic design and fine arts. I was offered a job working for ESPN, but what were the chances a 24-7 sports channel was going to last? So of course I turned it down. I tired of the advertising but continue to enjoy any aspect of fine art painting, especially working in water colors.
Lastly, but with equal importance – because it pays the bills – I paint houses and for over 30 years have been both the president and sexton of the Northfield Cemetery, which is in the village of Northfield where I grew up and have lived my entire life.
Pastor Ann Carr
Pastor of Visitation and Prayer Alerts
I was born and raised in Morris, CT, but transferred around the country for several years as a military wife, finally finding myself divorced and raising two boys in Texas. In 1977, I married again, raising a family of five with my second husband. I have four surviving children, all married, and I am blessed with 14 grandchildren. Nine of them live close enough to be brothers and sisters, very close indeed.
I love what I do. I had felt God’s call to be prepared to serve for many years and had even been taking lay-pastoral classes before I came to the Covenant Church of Thomaston. Shortly after I joined, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. Soon after he passed and I retired from serving my home town as Town Clerk for 24 years, I realized my time had come. My only commitment was to God first and to family needs second.
I became a Bi-vocational Lay-Pastor at the Covenant Church of Thomaston in January of 2015. I assist with leading worship, preach when needed, and manage our online prayer request program. I feel called especially to visit regularly with those who are confined at home or in senior care facilities.