Category Archives: Speaking Engagements

September Speaking/Book Signing Schedule

I will be speaking at the American Baptist conference in Parsons, Kansas on Sunday, September 20. I hope you’ll plan to attend. Service will start around 3 PM and I will be speaking shortly afterwards. The service is held at the First Baptist Church of Parsons.

The following weekend we will be in Chanute, Kansas at the Artist Alley Festival signing books. The festival begins on Saturday, September 26 at 9 AM and lasts through the afternoon. Our booth will be located near Total Image Studio, just east of the railroad tracks on Main Street. We hope to see you there!

Summer Speaking Schedule

I want to wish everyone a very happy Memorial Day weekend! I also wanted to let you know that I would be speaking and signing books at a few places this summer. If you know of anyone near these locations, please let them know.

Sunday, June 14 at 8:30 AM and 11 AM. I will be speaking at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Parsons, Kansas.

Sunday, July 5 I will be speaking in Jupiter, Florida at Tequesta First Baptist.

Sunday, July 12 I will be speaking at the Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, Florida. They have three Sunday morning services, as well as a Saturday night service!

I will be signing books after each event.

How Will You Respond

How will you respond to the unwanted, seemingly unchangeable, circumstances of life? This is the question I asked at the First United Methodist Church in Independence, Kansas a couple of months ago, while speaking at both of their Sunday morning services. If you happen to belong to a church family, please watch this video, then pray about whether or not you feel God is leading you to make arrangements for me to share my life story at your church. God has given me a gift and a message. Please help me share it with the world. Email me for more info:


FUMC in Independence – Nov. 9

I am excited to announce that I will be speaking during both services on Sunday, November 9 at the First United Methodist Church In Independence, Kansas. I attended this church off and on for many years, as this is where my mother attended, my sister got married, and my brothers attended while they were growing up. I look forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces!

Following the services I plan to be available to sign books for anyone who would like to purchase one. Please plan to attend and then spread the word, as it is also youth Sunday at the church!

Kevin Olson speaking at the Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine Florida

Kevin Olson shares a part of his testimony, along with the story of how he became paralyzed. In this video he also shares two stories from his book, Learning to Live With It, which challenge the audience to “live with” unwanted circumstances and trust God no matter what.

Kevin is available to speak to audiences of all ages in many different settings. (Churches, schools, businesses, and etc.) For more information please email Kevin or call 620-795-2629.

One Special Girl

Every once in a while as I travel around speaking to groups I am amazed by the number of people who will come listen to what I have to say. Many times following a speaking event the first question someone will ask is how many people were there?

I think it is pretty natural to be consumed with numbers. We have a tendency to think that more is always better. But on April 5, 2014, more did not matter. I was asked to speak at a youth hunting event at the First Baptist Church in Oswego, Kansas. Early that morning a couple young people were rousted from their beds and drug out into the woods to listen and watch for Turkey. One of those youth, was named Mallorie. I did not have the pleasure of sitting out in the woods with her, but a good buddy of mine, Tony was with her. He had planned this event in hope that many young people would come out and hunt all morning, then we would meet at the church for lunch and a short message from me.

When I arrived at the church I really did not know how many people would be there. After entering I realized there were only a handful of people. We only had 2 hunters that morning. The other 8 to 10 people there were involved in putting on the event. At first it seemed a little bit discouraging, but then I began to learn a little more about Mallorie. She had been battling leukemia. If you were just to listen to her voice or see her smile you would never imagine the struggle she has been fighting. She is only 11 years old and they tell me her cancer is in remission. Praise the Lord!

After we had lunch I spoke briefly about a good friend of mine who gave me the opportunity to go hunting and how we should go the extra mile to do things for people who otherwise might not have the opportunity. I was moved and inspired and blessed when I left the church that day. I really did not care that there were less than 20 people in attendance to hear what I have to say. All that mattered to me on that day was that Mallorie was there.

Follow the link below to find out more about a fundraising event for Mallorie in Andover on April 26, 2014:

5K and Silent Auction to benefit leukemia patient, Mallorie Sailsbury, and her family.

Tabor College

Last week I was blessed with the opportunity to speak at two Kansas colleges. On Saturday, February 15, I traveled all the way to Neosho County Community College and spoke to about 75 middle and high school students who were a part of talent search. Talent search works to inspire kids to go to college and overcome the challenges life presents to them.

On Wednesday, February 12, I traveled to Hillsboro, Kansas, to speak at Tabor College’s spring FCA banquet. I was overwhelmed with the number of students who came up to me afterwards to say they were encouraged or inspired by my message. One young man came to me afterwards and shared the following. “I want to thank you for being here. I have been struggling with some life issues lately and you really helped me. Just last night I basically told God that I was through with him. You have reminded me that I need to trust in him.”

Before both of these speaking engagements, I was concerned with how my voice was going to hold up. I am just getting over a four-week stint of pneumonia and respiratory issues. But fortunately my voice was perfect and all went well. My next stop is Pittsburg State University’s Nurses Christian Fellowship meeting on Monday, February 24.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at the following events in the very near future:

  • Monday, Jan. 27 @ Noon – Pittsburg State University’s Nurses Christian Fellowship
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 @ 7:30pm – Tabor College’s Annual FCA Coaches and Athlete’s Banquet
  • Saturday, Feb. 15  @ 1:00pm – Neosho County Community College’s TRIO Event
    (Their theme is Overcoming Adversity)
  • Sunday, March 9 @ 6:00pm – Tyro Christian Church’s Sunday evening service

If you would like to have me speak to your church, youth group, school, business, club, organization, or special event please email me or call me at (620)431-0458.

Erie Federated Church – Sunday, Jan. 12

No matter who we are, experiencing a tragic accident or being given an unwanted, unchangeable diagnosis can cause us to question God and shake our faith. On Sunday, Jan. 12 at 10am I’ll be at the Erie Federated Church, 202 South Main Street in Erie, KS. sharing my life story. A story that includes a tragic accident and an unwanted diagnosis that shook my faith and caused me to question God. But it’s also a story that taught me many valuable life lessons, strengthened my faith, and helped me get to know God.

I hope you’ll come join us and remember; regardless of our circumstances, we always have the option to respond positively in faith knowing that God has a plan and a purpose for our lives.

2013 – Another year come and gone

It started out pretty normal, ‘bout like any other year
Family gatherings, black eyed peas and lots of New Year’s cheer

Goals were set and some resolutions were made
There were pounds to lose and debts needing paid

But only three days in, we got a frantic call
Little sister’s been in a wreck, lucky to be alive at all

Our prayers were answered within a few days
She slowly woke up out of that bell ringing daze

Her memory came back and she lost very little
A few weeks later she even started growing in the middle

Not to be outdone, my brother fathered another child
Six kids at Christmas this year, wow, things could get wild

Mom’s doing good, she’s working and happily wed
Now if she only had room for another flower bed

Nick and James are working and doing just fine
In fact, James will be hitched next year by this time

I guess that leaves me the only sibling without a ring
No wonder Janna keeps pointing out women with bling

As I look back on the year I have a couple more topics to discuss
My book was published this year, but dad … Well, he is no longer with us

In June we found out cancer had taken over his pancreas and liver
Two months later we lost our father, our friend, our life-giver

God gave us time to say our goodbyes and let dad know he was loved
We’re comforted by knowing he’s farming up there in Heaven above

As the year comes to a close and 2014 nears
I have to admit, it’s sometimes hard to hold back the tears

I suppose 2013 wasn’t really much different than any other year we’ve had
God gave us some good times, and He gave us some bad

If we crossed paths in 2013 …  I want you to know I’m grateful for the time we had
God Bless You, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, & “I miss you dad.”