Thursday, June 25 | 3:30-4:15pm
This will be a patio question and answer time with Russ Gregg and Dan Olson.
Russ Gregg (B.A., Global Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is co-founder and has served as Head of School since Hope Academy’s founding in 2000. He has been a resident of the Phillips neighborhood since 1994. In 1999, he was an administrator at a Christian School in Edina, and quit his job to help lay the groundwork for a Christian school for his urban neighbors. Russ and his wife Phyllis, who teaches 3rd grade at Hope Academy, live four blocks away from the school. They have three grown children. Russ serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Classical Learning.
Dan Olson serves as Executive Director of Spreading Hope Network, where he oversees strategic direction, networking urban Christian educators, and serving aspiring school planting groups in discerning the call to start and lead new schools in their communities. He also serves as Managing Director of Anselm House, a center for Christian study at the University of Minnesota. For three years, he directed the donor ministries team of the The Gospel Coalition, after having overseen advancement and operations at Hope Academy from 2006-2014. Dan began his career in Christian Education at Minnehaha Academy, where he taught English Literature, Speech and Debate. He received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Wheaton College (IL), and a master’s degree in Christian Studies from Regent College (Vancouver, Canada). In addition to helping lead children’s ministry at his church, he serves on the board of directors of Hope Academy. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Lucy, and their four children.