Clark Olson-Smith

pastor × evangelical lutheran church in America



St. Paul Lutheran Church
Clinton, Iowa
Worship Sundays 9:15am

Shared Leadership Team Chair

Organizing for Mission Network
”Building power. Leading change.”

Iowa Expansion Chair

Quad Cities Interfaith
"creating a more just society"


pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church | Clinton, Iowa

We are "sharing the unconditional love and promise of Jesus Christ with all people" and "becoming known as a progressive, inclusive community of faith." St. Paul streams worship live, 9:15am Sundays.

Shared Leadership Team Chair, Organizing for Mission Network

“We are a deeply relational community that equips leaders to practice the arts of faith-filled community organizing and grounded spirituality, with a framework of racial and economic equity to generate transformation in our lives, congregations, and communities.”

Iowa Expansion Chair, Quad Cities Interfaith

We are "creating a more just society" and building a multi-racial, multi-faith, regional organization to create real change in eastern Iowa.


My wife, Sara Olson-Smith, is a pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport. She also leads on the alumni board of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Our children are Susannah and Amos.

The evangelical mission is to graciously and hospitably invite the world to the gospel of Jesus Christ as proclaimed and lived in Christian community. ... It happens when people experience a new truth in the life of that community, a truth that is beyond their everyday experience of life.
— Mark Olson, The Evangelical Pastor


St. Paul livestreams worship nearly every Sunday.
Sermons begin between the 20- and 25-minute marks.


Click for slides from a workshop at Southeastern Iowa Synod's "Called Together in Mission," 2013 and 2014

Click for slides from a workshop at Southeastern Iowa Synod's "Called Together in Mission," 2013 and 2014

A team of 20 specially-trained and publicly commissioned St. Paul people spent seven weeks listening. They reached out to 180 St. Paul people and listened to 125 one-on-one. Here's what happened next...

A similar team at All Saints Lutheran in Davenport, Iowa did the same. Here's more on their experience...

Leading Outward

Evangelizing Outreach Vision

Affirmed by Rev. Neil Harrison, ELCA Director of Renewing Congregations, as a model for other congregations