Victorious in Christ: Sitting down with Freymiller’s Pastor Olen Thompson

Pastor Reading a Bible

At Freymiller, we are committed to giving our drivers full access to the resources and support they need to grow and nurture their spiritual lives. One of the ways we do this is by having a ministry team and pastor on staff. We sat down with Pastor Olen Thompson to learn more about his spiritual journey and his role at Freymiller.

Pastor Olen was a truck driver running routes through Harrisburg, Pa., when he visited a Transport for Christ chapel – in a used semi-trailer – and was saved 30 years ago. He partnered with Freymiller over 15 years ago, when CEO David Freymiller let him use their headquarters in Oklahoma as a base for his own semi-trailer-chapel conversion.

He used the converted semi-trailer to bring the word of God to CDL-A drivers in truck stop parking lots before transitioning as the full-time chaplain at Freymiller’s headquarters. His day-to-day consists of “everything that your normal, everyday pastor does,” he said. From weddings to funerals to supporting drivers and their families through personal crises, Pastor Olen is a helping hand and sympathetic ear to those who need it.

While Pastor Olen connects with drivers on campus through one-on-one meetings and even by encountering drivers in need of prayer as he walks around the parking lot, his ministry team also has a website. It serves as a comprehensive resource for those wanting to know more about ministry at Freymiller and how they can get involved. A new scripture is posted each day, along with church news, upcoming events, the ability to submit a prayer request, and recordings of Pastor Olen’s sermons.

The sermons are given in person every Sunday at 9 a.m. and cover a wide range of topics. While they’re usually brief in length so that drivers and diesel mechanics alike can fit them into their busy schedules, Pastor Olen’s door is always open to those seeking guidance and support.

“People are searching for answers to life’s problems, and I can point them to what the word of God says about it,” Pastor Olen said. “People come in wanting prayer, and direction for themselves and their families; they want someone to go with them and support them, to ease their worries.”

Pastor Olen creates personal relationships with the drivers and their families and does whatever he can to show them the love of Christ. “One morning, I had a guy call me; his brother was in the hospital in Charleston, S.C., and he didn’t know what to do,” Pastor Olen said. “I walked next door and got in touch with the right people to help get him home.”

He and his team keep in touch with drivers throughout the years, offering them consistent support wherever their professional driving careers take them. He provides drivers with free Bibles, and Bible studies specific to whatever challenges they’re facing. And when he found himself facing his own personal challenge, he said the Freymiller family was there to support him.

“Five years ago, I went into the hospital for stints, and within a couple of days, the outlook wasn’t looking good,” he said. “Freymiller stood with me through the whole thing. David Freymiller told me: ‘If there’s anything you need, let me know.’ You couldn’t ask for a better group of people than the Freymiller family.”

Your faith should always come first. Feel like your carrier isn’t prioritizing your spiritual journey? Connect with Freymiller today.

The 6 top scenic routes for CDL-A drivers this summer

Beach on a sunny day

One of the most exciting parts about being behind the wheel for a living is all the beautiful places across our country you get to drive through – and get paid for it! At Freymiller, we want you to take advantage of this opportunity whenever possible! Here are six scenic routes for you to take this summer.

Pacific Coast Highway

Located along the California coastline, this highway is full of stunning vistas and once-in-a-lifetime scenery. This scenic route takes you by Venice Beach, Bixby Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, and Glass Beach, just to name a few. And while the famously giant Redwoods may not be big enough to fit your rig through, you will surely be blown away by their size and beauty.

The Swiss Alps

OK, it’s technically the Swiss Alps of Texas, but the views are still unbeatable! This scenic loop incorporates Highways 337, 187, and 470. From picturesque, rolling hills that slope up and down in a mesmerizing pattern to magnificent canyons and rushing rivers, this scenic route will have you believing that everything really is bigger (and better!) in Texas!

I-10 and 1-40

I-10 is best known for its connection between Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, but it ranges all the way to Jacksonville, Florida, and offers some of the most unique views across the southern U.S. (and the stretch from Arizona to Florida is the only U.S. highway that can boost snow-free conditions 365 days a year!) If your travels take you farther north, I-40 offers equally stunning scenery and winds through some of the country’s grandest mountain ranges, including the Appalachians and Rockies.

Trail Ridge Road

Want even more of the Rockies than I-40 offers? Take a turn onto Trail Ridge Road in Colorado. For 48 miles, enjoy the route aptly nicknamed “Highway to the Sky” where you’ll climb 4,000 feet above Rocky Mountain National Park’s tree line getting you unimaginably breathtaking views!

San Juan Skyway in Colorado

Colorado does not lack uniquely stunning roads and highways. San Juan Skyway gets you not just these views, but also the feeling of moving through time. As a 223-mile loop that winds through Pueblo Native American ruins and the modern Telluride mountains, you’ll move from the past into the present all while taking in magnificent views.

Blue Ridge Parkway

For any of your routes in the Carolinas, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a must-see. The flora and fauna of the highway will surprise with how many shades of green there really are! The Linn Cove Viaduct also sits along this route, a 1,243-foot-long bridge that wraps around Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

Now that you have your scenic route for this summer, it’s time to plan your path to a long-term, rewarding truck driving career. Connect with us today to learn more about our career opportunities!