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 also streams worship live, starting Sundays at 9:15am.

Chair of Iowa Expansion, 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 Camp Shalom board and the alumni board of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She quilts too.

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