Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Director of Youth Ministry, Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church

Topic: Ministry to LBGT Teenagers

Session: Ministry to LBGT Teenagers


Ginny Olson has been involved in youth ministry for several decades on a variety of levels: youth pastor, youth ministry professor, speaker, consultant and writer. Prior to becoming the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church, she’s was one of two co-directors of North Park University’s Center for Youth Ministry Studies in Chicago, IL, where she worked with both undergraduate and seminary students.

Before entering academia, she was involved in youth ministry at various churches and camps, including serving on staff in the junior high ministry at Willow Creek Community Church. She is the author of Teenage Girls: Exploring Issues Adolescent Girls Face and Strategies to Help Them, as well as the co-author of Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0. She also worked with Andrew Marin to develop the participant’s guide to Zondervan’s dvd curriculum, “Love is an Orientation: Six Practical Ways to Build Bridges with the Gay Community.”