Meet Our Church Staff!
An introduction to the lives and ministry of
Pastor R. J. and Marilyn Koland.
The Kolands met at North Central University in Minneapolis where they were both preparing for full time ministry. They were married in 1965 just 10 days after graduation. They have pastored two churches in Minnesota and two in Michigan before coming to Texas in 1997. They love Texas and began ministering here as executives with Christ For The Nations as well as co-serving on staff with Pastor Jim Hennesy at Trinity Church in Cedar Hill.
They have pioneered one congregation and saw it grow to one hundred forty-two people with a beautiful facility and fifteen acres of land. The other churches they served together ranged in size from forty-two up to six hundred fifty.
The Kolands have three children and ten grand children. Their son and his wife and three boys live in Missouri. Their two daughters and the other seven of their ten grand children live in Texas.
Marilyn, who is also an ordained minister, is currently studying for her Master's Degree in Bibical Studies. She is a good teacher, a conference speaker, a soon to be author, a harpist and a busy grand mother caring for six grandchildren who, along with their middle daughter, live with the Kolands.
Pastor R. J. and Marilyn have traveled to several countries of the world leading construction and ministry teams.
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Articles & Resources for Church Workers
Starting a Greeter Program
Four years ago I accepted the challenge of evangelism chairperson for our church. One of the first programs the pastor and I developed was the Sunday morning greeter program.
Motivating the Right Person into the Right Ministry
One of the greatest challenges for most leaders is selecting and motivating the right people into the right ministry positions in hopes of minimizing turnover and frustration. Even in the smaller church with limited personnel, it is important to coordinate people and ministry as much as possible.
“I TRIED, BUT NO ONE EVER CALLED ME”
“I tried, but no one ever called me” are painful words for a leader who has much work to do and not enough people willing to do it. These words are painful for the person who wanted to contribute, but was never called. These are also painful words for a person who is committed to helping people connect and contribute in meaningful ways within the church.