Mt. Olivet holds the distinction of being the first Baptist
church established in Rochester for people of color. It
was established to meet the need of
a small group of Southern Baptist African Americans that desired to have an
African American Baptist Church. At that time, there was no African
American Baptist church in Rochester.
Mt. Olivet has a diverse membership of approximately 700 persons
that live in Rochester and surrounding suburbs. Its members include people from
all professions, races and culture.
Mt. Olivet is a member of the American Baptist Churches of Rochester /
Genesee Region; the Greater Rochester Community of Churches; the
United Church Ministries; the National Baptist Convention, Inc.; and
the American Baptist Churches of the USA.
Reverend Sedley Lee, Mt. Olivet's first minister,
established a solid foundation for the church aided by the founding members,
Deacons, Ushers and those who lift their voices in song. Throughout the
years, Mt. Olivet has continued to prosper through its spiritual vision while
becoming widely known for its work in social justice, diverse cultures and human
Mt. Olivet's congregation that was established in
1910 continues to stand as a place of God's "shelter from storms of life". Mt. Olivet has a rich history of leadership, love
and commitment to doing God's will. We thank God for all of the Pastors
who served our congregation. Without them, we would not have experienced
spiritual, congregational and community growth! Mt. Olivet has had ten Pastors:
Rev. Sedley Lee,
Rev. Charles D. Hubert, Rev. L. B. Brown,
Singleton M. Batchalar, Rev. James E. Rose, Rev. Charles Boddie,
Rev. Arthur L. Whitaker, Leardrew Johnson, Rev.
Dwight E. Cook and Rev. Dr. Rickey B. Harvey.
In 2003, under Rev. Cook's
leadership, Mt. Olivet hired its first Youth Minister, Rev. James McCarroll who
greatly enhanced the ministries for children and
From March 2006 until October 2008, Rev. Lawrence Hargrave
served as Interim Pastor until the Pastoral Search Team found a new Pastor.
In November 2008, Rev. Dr. Rickey B. Harvey became Mt. Olivet's 10th
Mt. Olivet has had a long time association with Colgate Rochester
Crozer Divinity School. Mt. Olivet
has trained and employed many of the schools
Ministers and graduates under
the leadership and guidance of our pastors. One of which is the renowned
Dr. Howard Thurman.
EVENTS THAT THE CHURCH CELEBRATES
Installations and Ordinations of Ministers (Licensing, etc.)
We have served and
continue to serve in concrete and meaningful ways. We
seek, as people of faith, to "serve the present age" for the sake of
liberation and wholeness. We thank God for the legacy and
leadership as we continue the vision with willing hearts moving
into the 21st Century as one Body in Christ. Join us.
We have various activities and organizations that will meet your
needs and allow you to serve.
Mt. Olivet must continue to be as it has in the
past, "a teaching Church", empowering those within so that they may touch
others and lead them back to God. Join us! We need you! The
legacy and spiritual growth and development must continue! Only you can
help us achieve this goal!