Richard and Jeanne

Dick and Jeanne Olson are veteran missionaries with Trans World Radio. They have served faithfully since May of 1961. They were willing to serve the Lord wherever, and that’s just where the Lord directed them.

Their first term of service took them to Monte Carlo where Dick served as a studio technician and Jeanne in the follow-up department. The next three years were spent on the tiny island of Bonaire. Dick was a big help in installing a 50 KW transmitter as well as serving as a shift leader and English announcer. Jeanne answered English and Dutch mail.

In 1966 the Lord asked them to once again travel across the Atlantic - this time to Beirut, Lebanon to oversee the running of the office/studio there. Four years later the Olsons were on the move again. They once again found themselves in Monte Carlo, preparing for their upcoming ministry in Africa. By this time TWR discovered the gift of leadership in Dick and assigned him the position of field director in South Africa from 1971 to 1973 and in Swaziland from 1973 to 1985. Jeanne was also busy during that time developing and heading up the follow-up department.

The versatile Olsons were then assigned to the Netherlands where Dick was involved in personnel as well as legal and related aspects of the development of TWR’s European office. During this period Jeanne developed a slide/photo library and archive. They serve faithfully in the Netherlands for 3 years and once again found themselves transferred to Monte Carlo. Dick served as field director while Jeanne assisted in the DX mail department, as research librarian, and part time in the technical department.

The Olsons moved again, to Cary, NC and began serving there in October of 1998. Dick diligently served as a manager in broadcast relations until his retirement in 2002.  Jeanne retired in June of 2014 after 15 years in the Donor Services department.