Ryan Olson

Hey! My name's Ryan. I'm a FOCUS missionary! If you need to get into contact with me, my email is [email protected] and my phone number is                 503-964-2444. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Where I serve

I will be serving as a first-year missionary at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. You can find me playing pickup basketball with students, supporting at Benedictine sporting events, and of course hanging out with my awesome teammates! I can't wait to experience everything that Kansas and Benedictine has to offer, and I LOVE getting to try all the new hobbies and activities that my students enjoy doing (even swing-dancing which I am terrible at). I can't wait to meet all of you so I can share my own story and the awesome ways that the Lord has worked in my life, so please reach out!

This is my new team at Benedictine! (From left to right): Abigail Jarrett, Myself, Juan Balmedina, Madyson Hamling, Cassie Leach, Kasey Kaimann, and Josh Schroeder

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. As an undergraduate student at Carroll College, the Lord placed FOCUS missionaries at Carroll who transformed my life, and I hope to do the same for all of you! In Matthew 10:8, Jesus says "Without cost you have received, without cost you are to give" so I feel so blessed to get the opportunity to join the FOCUS mission and enact the changes that we need so desperately on our college campuses. My faith journey has been intertwined with my love of sports and I am stoked to continue ministering to athletes through Varsity Catholic! As a collegiate student-athlete, I understand the pressures and temptations that prevent athletes from living in their full and true identity as Beloved Sons and Daughters. 

Me and my buddy Johnny after a football game at Carroll College!

Therefore, I hope that my own story will may show the wonderful ways that the Lord is always working in our lives. I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered through FOCUS and I hope to meet you all soon, God Bless!

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you.

Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …