Pastor Brandon has been around Trinity since 2017, but was called as our Lead Pastor in September 2018. He grew up on a cattle farm in South Dakota, then headed north to attend North Dakota State University, where he graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences (B.S.). He then served two LCMC congregations in a variety of capacities as he completed his M.Div. degree long-distance from Sioux Falls Seminary in 2016.
Pastor Brandon’s role at Trinity includes preacher, teacher, counselor, administrator, and youth worker. He has a passion for connecting our congregation in caring for our community. Pastor Brandon desires that all would come to believe, understand, and live in the love of God through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Pastor Brandon longs to see the Church remember that our best days aren’t behind us, but ahead. He challenges us to build today what will last for future generations.
Pastor Brandon enjoys life with his wife, Monique. They have been married since 2011 and have three children: Natalie, Miles, and Elyse.
Pastor Brandon and Monique keep tabs on their NDSU Bison, watching as many sporting events as they can (with big help from ESPN+). He also cheers on the New England Patriots and Minnesota Twins. Pastor Brandon also loves running, drinking coffee, and reading books – lots of books!
Ollie was born in Murray, Utah and then moved with his mother and 4 other siblings to Pontiac, Illinois when he was one year old. He and two of his brothers moved back to Utah when he was 12. He is the youngest of 7 and an identical twin.
Ollie was gripped by the grace of Christ transforming his life when he was in the U.S. Army serving at Ft. Carson, Colorado in 1974. After finishing active duty in Feb. 1976, his twin brother and he went to Bible college that next fall. He received a B.S. degree in Missions at Liberty University in 1982. After volunteering and serving at churches in Utah he returned to school, getting his Master of Divinity degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Ollie returned to Utah to serve as an assistant pastor at Sonrise Baptist church for two years in 1996-1998. He did a "Lutheran year" of additional training around 2008-2009, and was ordained at Good Shepherd Lutheran church, Sandy Utah in 2010. Shortly after, he took clinical chaplain training and worked in healthcare as a chaplain for 19 years until assuming the call to the ministry of Word and Sacrament at Trinity Lutheran, Columbus, Nebraska in June of 2019. Ollie has been married to Karen, his wife for 39 years this coming May. Karen and Ollie have two daughters that are the delight of their lives; Lorna, and her husband Ben, 24 years old in Tempe, Arizona and Hannah, 21 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Glenda served at Trinity as a volunteer leader for Bible School and Confirmation Ministry before she came on staff in late 1998. She loves kids and delights in seeing them take the next step in their relationship with Jesus.