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
    Trustees Ministry.

    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).
Fayetteville, Georgia

Church Mission
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:

  • Live according to the Will of God.
  • Walk in the Way of God.
  • Be guided by the Word of God.
Vision and Purpose
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.

Church Charge
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.
Our Church History
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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.