Brian was raised in a pastor's home, the youngest of four boys, in the small farm town of Chillicothe, Illinois. Brian accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at a very young age. He had the privilege of going to camp every summer and learned to develop a love for the outdoors and particularly enjoyed the frequent vacations that he made out west. God gifted him with creativity and the use of his hands and it seemed that camp work was what God would have for him. With that he attended Bob Jones University where he majored in Church Administration with a concentration in camp work.
In 1986 he joined the pioneer staff of the Wilds of the Rockies in Colorado. In 1988 he was transferred to The Wilds in NC where he served on the program staff for 10 years. While there he met his wife, Rebecca, and they were married in 1993. In 1998 he returned to The Wilds of the Rockies. Since then God has blessed them with 4 children.
In the fall of 2004 The Wilds of the Rockies closed. The Olsens had the opportunity to go back east but they felt burdened to stay in Colorado. After spending much time in prayer and counsel they decided to resign from The Wilds and start a camp here in Colorado. They have since moved to Westminster and have been raising support and sharing their vision for a new camp. God has provided them with a part time ministry at Tri-City Baptist Church to meet their financial needs.
Ultimately their goal is to see God provide a miracle and give them a place where they run a camp with the same type of philosophy and program that they have learned from The Wilds. All to the Glory of God!
Visit their website at PineRidgeMinistries.org