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 four wonderful children and ten amazing grandchildren. We enjoy gathering as a family, playing games, hiking, gardening, and reading.
Tim Uthmann, US Ministry Director
God is shaping me as a shepherd. From early days studying the Bible and theology, to opportunities to pastor churches in crisis, to a career working with refugees, I’ve long been drawn to helping people grow into who God created them to be. Most importantly that forms my life as the husband of Rachel and father of Joy. Another way it’s recently been expressed is in my work with International Association For Refugees, supporting our missionary teams globally. I also love volunteering in various ways to developing our own church community.
I hold a B.S. in Communications/ Bible & Theology from Multnomah Bible College.
When I find scraps of free time I try to get outdoors: bird watching, biking, kayaking, walking the dog or running feed my soul. Currently, I am on a wild adventure exploring the depths of God’s love which colors everything I do!
Rev. Sam Snyder, International Ministry Director
I grew up in Mexico and I have spent the last 22 years living, learning, and ministering in the United States and around the world. I am passionate about knowing God and making him known through the ministry of reconciliation, both where I live and for all nations. I love helping people and organizations discover their identity and calling while also working to help them find creative solutions to overcome the challenges that prevent them from fulfilling their callings.
My undergraduate studies are in inter-cultural ministry & biblical studies and I have a dual MA in Organizational Leadership & in Practical Ministry. I also serve as Lead Pastor of Cross Culture Community Church in Minneapolis and as a Regional Elder and Global Connections Coordinator with the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies.
I’ve been married to Sarah for over 18 years and we have 5 children at home in Minneapolis, MN.
Kim Foss, Administrative Assistant
I am glad to be of assistance to the Pilgrim Center in the area of administrative support. It brings me great satisfaction to keep things organized and deadlines met. My husband, Casey and I have 6 busy and energetic school-aged kids and we enjoy our participation in the children’s and youth ministries at our church. One fun fact is that I also referee competitive soccer games as it is a sport I enjoy and grew up playing, and all my kids currently play.
I hold a B.A. in Organizational Communication with a minor in Leadership and Business from UW-Eau Claire.
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, Rev. Dr. Arthur Rouner (1929-2021) 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.