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Carol Olsen, JD, PhD

Dean of The Missional College
Professor of Immigration Services
American Legal Issues Specialist
International Experience:  Belgium, Bosnia, Mexico & USA

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Leadership, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Denver, Denver, CO
  • Master of Biblical Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Dissertation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • The Use of Social Power Bases by Southern Baptist Leaders: a Mixed Methods Study

Additional Training

  • Conflict Coaching, Peacemaker Ministries 
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), North American Mission Board, SBC 

Academic Teaching Experience

  • Academic Assistant, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • ESL Teacher/Missionary, Sarajevo, Bosnia, International Mission Board, SBC 

Teaching Specializations

  • Legal Issues in Ministry
  • Volunteer Management
  • Organizational Leadership 

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • Children's Ministry Director, McKinney, Texas
  • Research Assistant, Jaye Martin Group, a consulting firm for evangelistic leadership and strategic planning
  • Attorney, Law Firm of Carol G. Olsen, Loveland, Colorado
  • President of the Board of Directors, Visiting Nurse Association, Larimer County, Colorado
  • Grant Manager/Director of Public Relations, Visiting Nurse Association, Larimer County, Colorado
  • Attorney, Thomas D. Leadabrand & Associates, Lakewood, Colorado
  • Attorney, Vassalo & Ashmore, Dallas, Texas
  • Director of Women’s Ministry, Christ Community Church, Ballinger, Texas
  • Team Leader/Manager, Discovery Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Ministry assistant for education and youth, Northway Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Contract legal specialist, Special Counsel, Dallas, Texas
  • Contract legal specialist, Talis Group, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Contract legal specialist, Legal Network, Dallas, Texas 

Church Leadership Experience with Volunteers

  • Adults (general) - president of the adult choir, Sunday School teacher, church secretary, sign-language class facilitator, church relocation committee, church charter committee
  • Women - women's ministry council, weekly Bible study teacher, special event leadership team, special music coordinator for weekly downtown ladies' Bible study / luncheon, special speaker, adult volunteer with the Baptist collegiate ministry, Sunday School inreach leader for college/ seminary young women
  • Missions - member of a foreign mission church, missions committee, children's missions activities leader, US missions trip team member, Baptist Young Women coordinator, special missionary speaker for adult and children's programs
  • Youth and Children - children's choir coordinator and director, youth group teacher / leader, coordinator for youth mission trip, puppet team coordinator, VBS leader (director, teacher, etc.), Sunday School teacher (toddlers, pre-K, junior high, high school), director for music / drama productions, planner for youth lock-ins and themed retreats, children’s ministry director 

Publications

  • Olsen, Carol. “Psalm 132,” in Women at Southern: a Walk Through Psalms, edited by Martin, Jaye, Alyssa Caudill, and Sharon Beougher. Louisville, KY: Communications Office, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2010.
  • Olsen, Carol. “Bosnia / Herzegovina and Christian Education,” in Encyclopedia of Christian Education, edited by George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015.
  • Olsen, Carol. “Nannie Burroughs,” in Encyclopedia of Christian Education, edited by George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015.
  • Olsen, Carol. “Slovakia and Christian Education,” in Encyclopedia of Christian Education, edited by George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015. 

Membership in Academic Organizations

  • Southern Baptist Research Fellowship
  • Society of Professors in Christian Education (formerly North American Professors of Christian Education)
  • Association of Women in Ministry Professionals
  • Research Fellow for Congregational Studies, Intercultural Institute for Contextual Ministry