St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, located in a northern suburb of the Twin Cities, serves the Minnesota counties of Washington, Ramsey, and beyond. In addition to the church itself, they also host an onsite preschool/childcare center, Community Resource Center, and St. Andrew’s Village – a retirement/assisted living community.
20 years ago, St. Andrew’s was looking for a CPA firm they could build a strong relationship with to support them as their congregation and needs were expanding. President Pat Powers, CPA and Director Mark Bergquist, CPA at Olsen Thielen developed a connection with members of the church council and staff and began a longstanding partnership that continues to this day. St. Andrew’s has worked with Olsen Thielen on annual audits with ongoing support, as well as tax consulting services, including Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT).
Olsen Thielen continues to provide thorough, detailed audit work on an annual basis and support as needed during the rest of the year. “The comfort in having a partner that can be trusted to perform a thorough and complete audit as well as provide yearlong support is invaluable.” Says Patricia Ingberg, CFO.
Olsen Thielen has experience working with many different churches/religious groups and understands the specific demands that go into the day to day and long-term operations of a religious organization. This wealth of knowledge has allowed them to be a valuable partner for St. Andrew’s to help them meet their present and future needs. Through this continued partnership, St. Andrew’s has been able to focus on their mission and the services they provide to their community. Visit St. Andrew’s website for more information.