The Volunteer Project

The Volunteer Project is always going to be a work in progress.  We want to:

    ●  find information for you,

        ●  filter useful advice through a Biblical grid,

            ●  make helpful stuff available for your ministry, 

                ●  link you up with expertise and resources, and 

                    ●  accumulate and generate original research.


Carol - portrait on blackCarol Olsen

Executive Director  / Editor

Coordinator for:

√ missions

√ music

√ women’s ministry

√ specialized ministries

√ small & medium churches

√ church planting


Steve - photo - cropped 2Steve Yates

Coordinator / Contributor  

 Coordinator for:

√ administration

√ men’s ministry

√ youth

college / career

medium church

large church

Kristi - from facebookKristi VanDyke Williams 

Coordinator/ Contributor   

 Coordinator for:

preschool ministry

children’s ministry

single’s ministry

large church

mega church

super church


More about:


Carol lives near Dallas, TX.  Her passion for volunteers comes from her experiences as a missionary, PR director for a nonprofit agency, lawyer, church staff member, and countless volunteer positions in organizations and churches of all sizes. 

Carol‘s education includes a PhD in leadership and church ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, an MA in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a law degree from the University of Denver.


Steve lives in Lancaster, PA with his beautiful wife Lisa, and his amazing children James, Raymond, and Lauren. He enjoys running, reading, new technology, and playing with his chocolate lab Ruth.

He serves as Pastor of Community Life at Calvary Church where he connects people with the church’s vision of Pursuing Life in Christ. He completed his PhD at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary studying leadership and Christian higher education.


Kristi and her husband Michael live on the north side of Atlanta, GA.  When taking a break from leading hundreds of volunteers in their local church, they enjoy camping and fishing in the North Georgia mountains.  From a start as a Sunday School volunteer and summer intern, Kristi held full-time staff positions in churches and mission church plants in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and Georgia. 

Kristi serves as Preschool Minister with a large congregation in the Atlanta area. She earned a BA in International Studies – Missiology, an MDIV with Christian Education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD in Leadership and Church Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.