Rev. EriC Olsen
sRev. (CH, COL, Ret.) Eric W. Olsen was ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1988, and his first parish call was to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Saranac Lake. In 1992, he left parish ministry to work as an active duty Army Chaplain, serving tours in South Carolina, Germany, Egypt, and Fort Drum, before transitioning to the New York National Guard in 1999. Following 9/11/01, Rev. Olsen served extensively at Ground Zero and spent a tour in Iraq. He served as Chaplain for the 42nd Division of New York State before taking over as Chaplain for the New York National Guard Joint Forces in 2008. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Combat Action Badge, and several other citations. Rev. Olsen retired from the Army in October 2013 and now serves as pastor for the First United Methodist Church of Saranac Lake, the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity (again), and the New York State Department of Corrections.
Two excellent articles in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise about and by our Pastor, "Pastor does double duty for Methodists, Lutherans" and "Faith, Not Fear", can be found by clicking the Article Link Buttons below.