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Pastor Ralph Olsen, a Woodbury resident and founder of King of Kings Lutheran Church, has written his first book, a memoir titled "Shaped by God's Hand."

Woodbury's Pastor Ralph writes book

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Pastor Ralph Olsen, a Woodbury resident, hasn't lived the most ordinary life.

Olsen grew up in Chicago's inner city in a poor neighborhood. His father, a factory worker, struggled with alcoholism.


"Growing up with an alcoholic parent, I became a surrogate husband to my mother by the time I was 10," he said. "I really didn't understand what that is, but I'm her emotional support."

When Olsen was 15 years old he started working with his father in the factory.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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