Deaconess Lauren has served as a Deaconess since 1987, when she was consecrated at Messiah Lutheran Church, Plainfield, New Jersey. She has served among God’s People at St. John’s since August of 1990.
Deaconess Lauren is a 1987 graduate of the Deaconess Program, Concordia University Chicago at River Forest, IL. She also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and worked with emotionally disturbed young people. She received her Master of Arts in Religion in 1995.
Deaconess Lauren serves St. John’s in the areas of Visitation, Care Ministry, and Ministry with Seniors and Women. Her greatest joys are those “aha” moments that she witnesses as people experience the love of God. She is married to Steve Olsen and has an adult stepson, Eric, living in Newport News,Virginia. Deaconess Lauren is a Southern Girl at heart (she grew up in North Carolina) she enjoys spending time with friends, reading, and traveling.