Mt. Olivet Baptist Church - P. O. Box 208 - Montpelier, VA  23192

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Church History


Sketch of Church Evolution

Mt. Olivet Baptist Church was established in 1868.  Prior to its autonomy, the congregation worshipped at Fork Baptist Church in Louisa County.  Services initially took place in a brush arbor and later a log cabin was built.  Several years later, two acres of land were purchased from Vivian Fleming, a white landowner, and the first frame structure was erected. Two more structures followed this one, including the current edifice completed in June of 1981. 

Mt. Olivet has been under the leadership of several pastors: Reverends Vaughan Young (1868); John Kinney (1868); Clayton Berkley; John Hicks (1905-1920); R. J. Robertson (1921-1963); Charles Simms (1965-1975); J. Madison Thomas, Jr. (1976-1982); Evans C. White, Jr. (1985-1998); Rev. Dr. Wade Richmond (January 2000-July 2008). From 1982 to 1985 numerous supply ministers preached at Mt. Olivet, including Rev. Otis Mallory who served as pastor-elect for several months. Rev. Dr. Edward McCreary, Jr. served as interim minister from 1998 - 1999. Our current pastor, Rev. Alex Shelley was installed the weekend of October 2, 2009.

Associate ministers include Reverends William Mallory (1982); Larry Holt, Sr. Cleveland Mallory II; J. Leo Coles (1988); Sharon Roberts (1990); Margaret Henry (1992); Evangelists Jessie Hooker (1994); Rhonda Williams (1995); and Ruth Mallory (2005)

Church Ministries
  • Deacons/Junior Deacons
  • Deaconess
  • Trustees
  • Seniors' Ministry
  • Women's Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Christian Education
  • Brotherhood Club
  • Ushers
  • Missionary
  • Hospitality
  • Health Ministry


  • Sunday School
  • Sunday Morning Worship Service
  • Children’s Church
  • Seniors Ministry;
  • Prayer and Praise Service
  • Bible Study
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Tape Ministry
  • Newspaper
  • Historian
  • Senior Choir
  • Youth Choir
  • Robertson Memorial Chorus
  • New Generation Gospel Choir
  • Male Chorus
  • Missionary Choir
  • Adult and Youth Praise Ministries
  • Welcome Committee
  • Website


Annual Services:

  • Summer Homecoming and Revival
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Community Thanksgiving Service
  • Watch Night Service
  • Auxiliary Anniversaries
  • Sunday School Programs
  • African American History Month Observance
  • Veterans Day Observance




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