People

Paul Olson

Lead Pastor

Paul Olson

Paul S. Olson began working full-time in ministry in 2001 and has served in a variety of leadership roles within church ministries, educational programs and non-profit organizations. Paul and his wife, Heather, live in North Minneapolis and have four children. Paul has a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and undergraduate degrees in Biblical… Read more

Pastor Becky Hanson

Interim Lead Pastor

Pastor Becky Hanson

I am passionate about introducing people to Jesus and growing them as disciples. I feel especially called by God to serve as the Lord’s hands and feet in encouraging, loving and ministering to those who are experiencing homelessness.

Rick Dischinger

Interim Director of Youth Ministry

Rick Dischinger

Rick Dischinger is Interim Director of Youth Ministry, serving Junior and Senior students.  Rick’s desire is for each student to experience a life-affirming relationship with Jesus.  Toward that end, Rick teaches each Sunday and is primary support to Wednesday night’s ECY youth group, providing group games, a time of socializing and a brief devotional.  Events are… Read more

Deb Somody

Interim Director of Childhood Ministry

Deb Somody

Deborah Somody was born in Maine and lived for over 50 years in New England. She gave her heart to Jesus when she was five years old and has been serving Him since. She met her husband Randy at Northeastern Bible College in New Jersey, where she graduated with a degree in Christian Education. They married and… Read more

Kiah Andersen

Early Childhood Director

Kiah Andersen

Children are not just our future, but they are also the present church, which makes them worth investing in now. The little ones are the next generation of Christ followers and this is why showing them the love and knowledge of our Father is so important. This is why instilling biblical truths in fun and… Read more

Melanie Eslinger

Worship Coordinator

Melanie Eslinger

Though I may be seen at the piano on Sundays, my role is primarily behind the scenes, working with the pastors, musicians, and all our wonderful sound/visual volunteers to seamlessly combine elements of worship to draw us closer to God.  We strive to introduce song lyrics that ring true for all attendees of Elim, whether an… Read more

Eric Fleming

Office Manager

Eric Fleming

Elim is a busy and vibrant place and I’m glad to be part of it.  Working in the church office is a rewarding experience.  Whether I’m accepting donations to one of our clothing ministries, talking with volunteers, working with the pastors or church leadership, or scheduling a visit from the variety of groups who use… Read more

Michelle Espelien

Elim Preschool Director

Michelle Espelien

At Elim Preschool, we provide a high-quality, affordable early childhood program in a faith-based environment for children 3 to 5 years old which will prepare them socially and academically for kindergarten.  We educate and equip parents that they may have the resources and skills to best nurture their children’s growth and development.