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  • Phone: (612) 332-3651
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  • Mailing Address: 1021 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403

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  • Sunday: 11:00am-12:15pm



Gary and Pat Olander

Missionary, United States

Gary and Pat Olander

    Gary's work with Cru City has him meeting with men one on one for evangelism or discipleship on a weekly basis. He also meets with senior pastors on a regular basis.


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    Gary and Pat grew up in the Twin Cities and met at the University of Minnesota. Pat attended First Baptist from “Cradle Roll” (1942) until they were married in 1967. Gary had come to know Christ at the “U” and joined Cru staff. Pat joined him that year.

    Gary and Pat moved to Kansas as part of Campus Ministry and for the next 10 years worked at Kansas University, helping to establish ministries and train leadership on other campuses.  Gary became area director of Kansas and Missouri during their second year there. In 1977 their focus changed as they were asked to oversee the Lay Ministry and the following year to become a part of the first full-time Lay Ministry staff team in Phoenix. They work with men and women in the community in evangelism and discipleship. Gary also trains pastors how to disciple their leadership.

    They have two grown children, Scott, the pastor of First Baptist in Page, Arizona, and Sheri in Austin, Texas. Each has given us three wonderful grandchildren.

    What is your favorite thing about Minneapolis?

    Our favorite things about Minneapolis are the Lakes and the autumn color. 

    What is your favorite food?

    Our favorite foods are steak and ribs.