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Our History - Second Olivet Missionary Baptist Church

Second Olivet Missionary Baptist Church was originally named the Second Olivet Baptist Mission. The church began in the home of one of its founding members at 1055 E. Fayette Street with the Reverend William Alvin Mack, Sr. as pastor. There were nine adults and two children. The children are still members of Second Olivet today. They are Sis. Georgianna K. Pinkard and the son of the founder and pastor, Minister William A. Mack, Jr. 

The Church began to grow with Reverend Mack preaching and teaching the Word of God as well as providing community service for all that he could. The church changed locations several times: from the living room on Fayette Street to an apartment on South Crouse Avenue where Pastor Mack and his family lived. 

After becoming incorporated as a church, we moved to a store front on South McBride Street where the rent was a mere $28.00 a month. We moved from that location to a building formerly used as a pool hall. It was there at 912 South Townsend that the church managed to purchase the lot and it was decided that we would build a church! While the new building was under construction, we moved further from Townsend Street to Oakwood Avenue. We worshipped in the old Alcazar Theater until the basement portion of the 912 was complete enough for us to have services there. So we moved back down the street and endured through the sometimes adverse conditions of being in an incomplete structure. 

It was not in the will of God that 912 South Townsend would be built due to Urban Renewal who came in on the scene and made us an offer that we could not refuse. We sold the incomplete building and land and were again looking for a place to worship. 

On Father’s Day, June 18, 1961, we marched to our present location of 818 South West Street. The Lord has been faithful and has kept us in one location for these many years. 

On November 13, 1986 the Lord called our founder and pastor by name and Reverend William A. Mack, Sr. answered. From 1986 until May 1991 without a pastor but not without a leader. During this difficult period the Lord was yet faithful and he kept us together through our late Chairman of the Board of Deacons, Deacon Willie Brooks. 

In May of 1991 Reverend Henry Bernard Alex as installed as pastor and remained with us until February of 2001. Chairman of the Board of Deacons, Deacon Calvin Johnson was passed the torch to carry on during yet another time without a pastor from 2001-2003. 

In 2003 reverend Aaron James, Sr. was installed as our pastor until May 22, 2011. God saw fit on the night of Tuesday, November 2, 2004 the walls of the Home of Second Olivet for the past 43 Years of its 60 years of existence collapsed. Just as the walls of Jericho came tumbling down, the walls of Olivet had to come down in order for God to build a stronger, greater Olivet. 

On Sunday May 25, 2008 God Allowed Second Olivet to be able to march into its newly built home. We marched from St. Lucy’s Auditorium on Gifford Street, back home again to 818 South West Street singing “We have Come This Far by Faith” God is yet being faithful. From 2011-December of 2014 the Church was under the leadership of Chairman of the Deacon Board, Deacon Carlton Ingram.

On June 28 , 2015 Pastor Cyrus L. Thornton was installed as pastor of Second Olivet. With new vision, goals, and leadership on the horizon, Second Olivet is prepared to embark on its purpose to manifest the Kingdom of God in the earth.

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