Pastor, Jerett Olson
MEET THE OLSONS! WECOME TO DEXTER!
Pastor Jerett Olson was born and raised in San Jose, CA. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Annette, for 15 years. They lovingly encourage and support each other in their faith, ministry, and life as they follow after Jesus. Their two-year-old son Joshua is one of their greatest blessings in life. They enjoy spending time with people, exploring the outdoors, and reading. Their greatest joy is knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Jerett graduated from CSU Stanislaus in 2010 with a BA in Communication Studies and graduated from Western Seminary in 2017 with a Master’s in Ministry and Leadership. He has 15 years of ministry experience. For the last six years he has been the associate pastor and board member of Berryessa Valley Church in San Jose, CA. He has served in all areas of ministry: ushering, hospitality, children, junior high, high school, college, adult, church board, and preaching.
His philosophy of ministry is for people to be transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and become disciples of Jesus Christ, who love God, love others, and share the gospel. His greatest desire is to serve God wherever God leads him. One of his favorite Bible verses is 1 Peter 3:15 “Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”
Jerett also has 14 years of business management experience. For the last eight years he was a driving instructor, operator, and co-owner of Olson’s Silicon Valley Driving School, which has developed his discipleship and leadership skills. He enjoyed helping develop students to become successful and safe drivers on the road.
Jerett looks forward to getting to know and ministering to the people at New Hope Baptist Church and the community of Dexter, ME.
Pastor, John Johnston
Pastor John has been in Maine since 1987, when he came to be the pastor at Cambridge Baptist Church. He ministered there for over ten years and then served another seven years with Mission Northeast. In that role he served as a pastor to our pastors in Maine and was a resource to our churches who needed outside help.
Before his call to pastoral ministry in the 1970's, he was a foreign language teacher (Spanish and French) in Iowa. In 1973 he was part of a church plant in Iowa City, Iowa that had a strong focus on the University of Iowa campus. As the church grew, John was asked to join the pastoral staff to focus on campus outreach and discipleship. During those ten years on staff at Good News, he began his formal academic training toward a formal seminary degree. When the time came to finish his seminary training he went to Columbia International University in Columbia, SC, where he got an M.Div. in 1987.
During recent years Pastor John has received advanced training in conflict resolution from Peacemaker Ministries. This training has equipped him to have a ministry of counseling and mediation both with individuals in conflict and churches that have been damaged by unresolved conflict. This is the Biblical material that he often teaches on overseas mission trips.
He has been on mission trips to Africa ten times, as well as to Canada, India, Haiti and Cuba. His passion on these trips is to provide church leadership with practical theological training in areas where the nationals have very limited opportunity to obtain formal training.
Although he finds great joy in serving New Hope as their pastor, his greatest joy, apart from his relationship with Jesus Christ, is to see his children and grandchildren growing in their love for Jesus and seeing them serving Him, the Great King of Kings!