Our People

Staff

With many decades combined experience in care of homeless and hurting people, our staff are on the cutting edge of creating solutions to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

Paul & Margie Olsen (Co-Founders and Directors Emeritus)

In 1977, Paul and Margie founded the Mission with a ten dollar donation and a prayer. For over 40 years, they have served countless men, women and children in addition to many years of volunteer service in the field of Rescue work. Their greatest desire is to see the individual’s lives transformed by the peace and love of God.

Paul and Margie have retired but are still very much involved at the mission. They both teach Bible Application classes and Margie teaches a personal finance course, as well as a course on emotional health.

Ben Olsen (Executive Director) 

Ben joined the staff in October of 2008. He spent his college years in Greenville, SC at Holmes Bible College and in Nashville, TN at Welch College. Ben also worked at the Nashville Rescue Mission while in Nashville. He credits his time in Nashville to the development of a passion to see lives transformed by the love of God in Christ Jesus. Ben has been working in gospel missions for over over 14 years professionally and has many years of volunteer experience in addition. His vision is to cultivate a place where people can get on the right track in life, no matter what is taking them off track. Ben believes Christ is the key to life change, and it is his prayer that God uses him through the work of Rescue to lead people to a changed life.  Email Ben

Kayte Rodriguez (Client Services Associate)

Kayte is passionate about women and children getting the help they need. She has worked in the field of law, as well as retail. Her prayer is that men, women, and children  find peace and freedom in Christ while with us.

Tiffany Olsen (Marketing and Print Coordinator)

Tiffany has been volunteering with the mission since 2010, and came on staff in November of 2014 to help oversee the marketing, mass communications. Her passion is to help the people who are helping others by working in the background to create solutions to bring attention to our cause.

Bennett Farrier (Men’s Services Associate)

Bennett (Bennie) came on staff in August 2017. Bennie is unique, in that not only is he on staff, but he was a client 3 years ago! Bennie was a substance abuse counselor for some years, but that wasn’t enough to keep him on the right track. He found hope at the mission and wants to pass that hope on to others caught in the undertow of addiction and hopelessness.

Board of Directors

Composed of believers who are civic, faith, and community leaders, in ‘the marketplace’ our board of directors are dedicated to supporting the staff and the vision of the Smithfield Rescue Mission.

Howard Dozier; SRM Chair, Farm Bureau Insurance

Greg DeLong; SRM Treasurer, Advantage Solutions

Dr. Trevor Frazer, DDS, Johnston Family Dentistry

Dave Duncan, Rim Tyme Custom Wheels

Zach Maloney, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Chris Johnson, WRAL-TV