Founder & President
Dr. Mike Olson
Dr. Mike Olson was born in Seattle and grew up in Bellingham, Washington where he graduated from Bellingham High School in 1964. In 1966, he joined the United States Army, eventually attaining the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. During the Vietnam War, he was wounded in battle and is a decorated combat veteran. Among his awards are the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. In 1986 he was medically retired from active duty due to complications resulting from his combat wounds.
Mike was saved in 1982 through the consistent Christian testimony of his wife, who had trusted Christ three years earlier. He answered God's call to full-time Christian service in 1986 and moved his family to Jacksonville, Florida to receive training for the ministry.
From 1992-1996, Brother Mike served as a missionary in Germany with Rheinland Baptist Church working among single American servicemen and women stationed near Ramstein Air Force Base, and the surrounding military community. Hundreds were won to Christ, many completed training for the ministry and are serving as pastors, missionaries, church staff and Christian educators.
From 1997 - 2001, Mike served as the Executive Assistant to the President, and Director of Pre-Field Ministries with Baptist Missions to Forgotten Peoples. He founded the organization's annual Mission Possible Camp program through which hundreds of teenagers have been influenced for world missions.
Currently, Mike serves as President of Global Partnership Ministries, Inc., which he founded in May 2001. Focused in the Philippine Islands, the organization specializes in training nationals and planting Baptist churches in rural and mountain villages which have no Bible preaching church. Through its Village Light Project, several independent Baptist churches have been started and each has a Filipino pastor who received training through this ministry.
In May, 2009 the Village Light Project acquired the "Haven Of Grace Camp", a six-acre facility in the Philippines. Two years later it was gifted to Pacific Rim Missions International, (PRMI), a partner ministry with the Village Light Project. Through their leadership, it was renamed, "Haven Of Grace Camp & Conference Center". A Bible school focused on the graduate level has been established on the campus, and several buildings have been constructed to house the school , its students and local church functions.
Brother Mike is a 1990 graduate of Trinity Baptist College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Ministries. In 2009, the college honored him with a Doctor of Divinity degree. He has been serving in missions for twenty-five years.
His wife, Lynn, is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and has over twenty years of teaching experience in Christian education. Mike enjoys preaching, golf, fishing and Seattle Seahawks football. Lynn is an avid reader, enjoys bird watching, and loves working with children.
Mike and Lynn were married in 1973 in Bellevue, Washington. They have three sons, Jason, Joshua and Jesse; and seven grandchildren.