Meet Our Team
Rev. Dr. Jim Olson, President
Along with my wife Annette, I have been involved in the work of reconciliation for over 30 years. I have had the privilege of leading the Pilgrim Center since 2016.
Prior to that, I had the joy of serving for 26 years as the Senior Pastor of Bethel Christian Fellowship, a congregation in St. Paul Minnesota with participants from over 25 nations, and founded and lead our All Nations Family of Churches, which is comprised of eight congregations worshiping in 7 different languages. I also helped to found and lead Mission St. Paul, a collaborative effort in the city.
I hold a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry in Global and Contextual Leadership from Bethel University. My wife and I have 4 wonderful children and nine amazing grandchildren. We enjoy gathering as a family, playing games, hiking, gardening, and reading.
U.S. Ministry Director
I am thrilled to join the team as the first U.S. Ministry Director. Prior to joining the staff, I served as a board member for the Pilgrim Center and have been involved in the work of reconciliation for years. I have also worked with non-profit organizations focused on immigrant rights, health care, and higher education. I bring to the team my experience in communications, ministry, and development. My passions include peace building, interfaith relationship-building, and creating spaces for dialogue.
I hold a B.A. from Luther College where I studied English, Spanish, and religion. I am married to Nathan and we enjoy biking near our home in Minneapolis. Molly and Arthur Rouner are my grandparents.
Kim Foss, Administrative Support
I am glad to be of assistance to the Pilgrim Center in the area of administrative support. It brings me great joy to keep things organized and deadlines met. My husband, Casey and I have 6 fantastic school-aged kids that keep us busy from sun-up to sun-down — for fun, you can find me refereeing competitive soccer games with my older sons from time to time as soccer is a game I enjoy and have played, and my kids currently play.
Paul Ndahigwa, PCR Rwanda Country Director
I was born in Rwanda and grew up in Uganda as a refugee for 35 years. I married Odette Ndahigwa and we have 9 children. I hold a Diploma in theology for Mwanza Bible College in Tanzania. I was ordained in 1984, and served as a pastor in the Pentecostal Assembles of God in Tanzania. I joined the Uganda United Pentecostal churches, and served as regional overseer in Mbarara District. In 1994, I returned to Rwanda and I joined Eglise Vivante (Living Church) and I serve as senior pastor at Eglise Vivante Nyarugunga and as Vice Legal Representative. I have planted 24 churches in Rwanda. When Dr. Arthur and Molly Rouner introduced the Pilgrim Center in Rwanda, under African Revival Ministries, I served as director of operations. Soon after, I began serving as Country Director of Pilgrim Center for Reconciliation in Rwanda. I am also a country representative of Pan African Missionary Association (PAMA), and a member of their international board.
Bob Mayonza, PCR Uganda Country Director
I aspire to make things happen through empowering, developing, helping, and motivating others. I began working with the Pilgrim Center in 2017, became a Senior Facilitator in 2018, and now work full time in Kampala, as the Country Director since the launch of PCR Uganda in 2020.
Prior to joining PCR I worked for over 13 years with World Outreach Ministry Foundation as communication liaison and media & communication officer for Uganda Christian Outreach Ministries. I have earned a B.A. Honor’s Degree and will soon graduate with a B.A. Master’s in Operations Management.
I am married to Brenda Nassali Mayonza and we are expecting our first child in fall of 2020. We enjoy traveling, socializing, photography, volunteering, gardening, and sports.
Rev. Dr. Arthur and Molly Rouner, Co-Founders
Prior to founding the Pilgrim Center, Dr. Rouner was the Senior Pastor of The Colonial Church of Edina in Minnesota for 32 years. He has authored more than 20 books, and has received numerous awards and recognitions, including two honorary doctoral degrees.
Dr. Arthur and Molly Rouner, along with the congregations they served, have always held to a high commitment of mission and to care for the poor and needy both locally in the US, and across the world.
Molly served alongside Arthur in their family and in the life of the church. Molly’s work experience included teaching primary school, working as support staff in hospital chaplaincy and a SIDS program, and the development of an international health development program. All her experiences and training were brought to her work of reconciliation ministry.
Arthur and Molly have five children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Please visit Arthur Rouner Ministries to learn about Arthur’s ongoing ministries activities.