The Mount Olive Baptist Church was established in 1866 in the annals of Georgia
slavery. The original building was a single room with a dirt floor built on land that was
awarded to them by former slave owners. The building also served as a schoolhouse
for children of former slaves. The trailblazing organizers were Reverend Berry Austin,
Deacon Graves, and Deacon Solomon Glass. Their pioneering efforts were supported
by a host of other faithful members who put their faith in Jesus Christ.
Throughout the years, God has stationed the following shepherds over the Mt. Olive
flock: Rev. Reed, Rev. Bell, Rev. Ware, Rev. Goer, Rev. R.N. Martin, Rev. McClusky,
Rev. Manuel, Rev. Covington, Rev. Dartz, Rev. Bennie Smith, Rev. Horace Milan, Rev.
Hopie Strickland, and Rev. Edward Brown.
Through God's divine direction, the church built a new sanctuary in 1986 located at 192
Graves Road. Major improvements to this facility included a paved parking lot and
construction of a new access road to the property. The interior of the church and
fellowship hall were refurbished in 2001.
In October 2004, Rev. Brown retired from the church thus leaving the position vacant. In
that same month, the Board of Deacons and the Church membership extended a call to
Reverend Melvin Ware in October. Reverend Ware accepted the call and began his
pastorate on the 3rd Sunday during that same month. Under the leadership of Pastor
Ware, God called two servants into the ministry who were licensed. Rev. Judy (J.T.)
Ware was licensed on the 2nd Sunday in November 2006 and Rev. Myrna Malone was
licensed on the 2nd Sunday of December 2006.
Past serving Deacons were Deacon Mitchell, Deacon Hightower, Deacon J.T. Dorsey,
Sr., Deacon Oscar Dorsey, Deacon J.H. Hood, Deacon Paul Dorsey, Deacon
Robert Allen, Deacon T.C. Davis, Deacon Bill Davis, Deacon Robert Williams,
Deacon J.A. Hood, Deacon Jessie James Chandler, Deacon Waymon Thompson,
Deacon Alvin Ponder, Deacon Henry Scandrick, Deacon Clifford Gay, Deacon Alvin
Elder, Deacon J. T. Dorsey, Jr., Deacon Fred Slaton, Deacon Andre Slaton,
Deacon Alvin Ponder, Deacon Jimmy Rainey, Deacon Cleveland Feemster,
Deacon Norman Baskin, Deacon James Camp, Deacon Ray Calhoun, Deacon Ray
Stargent, Deacon Calvin Warren, Deacon Donald Clark, and Deacon Edgar Davis.
The Deacons currently serving are Chairman Louis Ross, Assistant Chairman Willie
Ponder, Chairman Emeritus Joseph Smith, Deacon Willie Willis, Deacon George
Ponder, Deacon Simeon Thomas, Deacon Amos Bell and Deacon John Winters.
The Church Administrative staff includes Rev. J. T. Ware who serves as the Church
Administrator and Director of Education. Additional staff members include Sister Karen
Neal (Church Treasurer), Sister Vicky Ponder (Executive Secretary), Sister Vicki
Dewberry (Financial Secretary) and Deacon Simeon Thomas (Chairman of Trustee
Past Church clerks include Sister Della Dorsey, Deacon Oscar Dorsey, Sister Gertrude
Dorsey, Deacon J.H. Hood, Deacon J.T. Dorsey Jr., Sister Frances Elder, Sister Annie
Bell Barlow, Sister Sarah Chandler, Sister Janie Slaton, and Sister Vivian Robinson.
The current Church Clerk is Sister Vicki Ponder.
In 2001, God blessed the Church with eight and a half (8.5) acres located at 1565
Highway 92 North in Fayetteville, Georgia. The ground-breaking ceremony for the new
sanctuary was September 3, 2006. Deacon Alvin Ponder served as Chairman of the
Construction Committee and Bro. Johnny Ponder as Co-Chair. Other committee
members included Deacon Willie Ponder, Deacon Calvin Warren, Deacon Ray Calhoun,
Sister Elizabeth Ponder, Deacon Willie Willis, Sister JoAnn Calhoun, Sister Karen Neal,
Sister Sherry Stinchcomb, Sister Tracey Lester, Rev. J.T. Ware and Pastor Melvin Ware.
On April 20, 2008, the Church led a procession from the location at 192 Graves Road to
the newly constructed facility.
On November 2, 2008, the church observed another historical event by ordaining the
"First Lady” Rev. J.T. Ware, as our First Female Minister. Rev. Myrna Malone was the
second female to be ordained in December 2008.
The Church also installed the first Trustee Board under Pastor Ware’s leadership. The
members were Deacon James Camp, Chairman; Bro. Johnny Ponder, Co-Chairman;
Deacon Calvin Warren, Deacon Alvin Ponder, Bro. Anthony McElhaney, Sister Carol
Theus, Bro. Jimmy Rainey, Sister Sharamie Darrington, Sister Sharon Sanders,
Rev. J.T. Ware and Sister Karen Neal. Sister Marian Camp was appointed as Assistant
Treasurer. She, along with Deacon Willie Ponder, served as Ex-Officio members of the
Under the leadership of Pastor Melvin Ware, the church organized several ministries to
meet the needs of the church and to fulfill its mission to reach out to the surrounding
communities. During 2008, Pastor Ware established a Music Committee to serve as a
steering group for all musical activities and services for the church.
Throughout the years, the church family has continued to grow by winning souls for
Christ and adding members to the church roll. Down through the years, God has been
good to the Mt. Olive Family. God has brought us through trials and tribulations. The
building has endured sunshine and rain, storms and tornadoes. The Mt. Olive Church
Family has made it through the days of wooden stoves, oil lamps, horse-driven
carriages, mule and wagons and all other dangers seen and unseen.
As we celebrate 153 years, we resolve that we will follow the guidance and leadership
of the Holy Spirit and trust God to be faithful to His Word. So, as we learn from looking
back over a rich and colorful past, we prepare for a glorious future and the challenges
of a bright new tomorrow. We boldly acknowledge and accept God at His Word. This
year we will operate from the theme “Standing On the Precious Promises of God” (II
Peter 1:4). We affirm in our walk of faith, if the Word of God says it, we believe it, and
God will do it. His word shall not and cannot return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11).
The mission of Mount Olive Baptist Church
is to Preach and Teach the word of God with clarity
so that individuals will come to a point where the
choice is made to:
Vision and Purpose
- Live according to the Will of God.
- Walk in the Way of God.
- Be guided by the Word of God.
The Purpose of Mount Olive Baptist Church
is to start an Evangelical Revolution in the lives of
residents of Fayette and surrounding counties.
Mount Olive will be a leader in starting a Spiritual,
Christian Revival in Southeast Atlanta.
Mount Olive will strive to have a presence
and be an Active Voice in the community.
Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I
have commanded you; and lo, I am with you
always, even unto the end of the world.
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1565 Highway 92 North (Forrest Avenue) | Fayetteville, Georgia 30214 | 770.892.7508
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Services & Times
Sunday School - 9 a.m.
Sunday Worship - 10 a.m.
Wednesday Night Prayer Service - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Night Bible Study - 7 p.m.