On Sunday May 19, 2019 the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church will observed its 140th Anniversary. The church spent these years toiling through trials and tribulation, ups and downs, struggling to promote the cause of Christ by calling men out of the dark world unto repentance. The church was organized in 1879 by the late Rev. Lymon Simons and Rev. T.W. Wates and Brother J.B. Adams, who acted as secretary. On that day, Rev. Simons was called as its first pastor with a total of 16 members. He ordained the first deacons, who were Hampton Bryant & Jessie Hammonds. The pastors who followed were Revs. Bunch, George Blocker, Mark Adams, C. Griffin, Robert Brown, G.W. Brightharp, T. Scott, J.T. Tate and currently Rev. Rodney Edmond. The following have served as Deacons: George Prescott, William Holmes, Henry G. McKie, Hammer McKie, Ruben Callaham, J.C. Garret, Isaac Elam, William Rooney, Simon Mealing, E.C. Callaham, Vence Prescott, Owen Thomas (Chairman), Wade Gunner, J.H. Callaham, Henry Dobey, Stanley Prescott, Henry McKie, Abraham Robertson, Benjamin Lee, Leroy Robertson, John Elam, Frankie Lloyd, Johnnie Moore and currently Willie J. Callaham (Chairman), Lawrence Edwards (Vice Chairman), Freddie Elam, Simon Holmes, John T. McCain, James Simpkins, on Holmes, John T. McCain, James Simpkins, and Nathaniel Callaham. Church Clerks: Steve Garrett, George Prescott, Isaac Elam, Anderson Holmes, J.C. Garrett, Ella Mae Holmes, Frank Lloyd. Choir Leaders: Rev. Charles Dobey, John Wardlaw, Gus Gunner, Isaac Elam, George Prescott, Sr. , Luther Roney, Vince Prescott, Jessie Hillary, George Prescott, Jr., Henry Dobey & James Griffin.
In October 1990, Mt. Olive ventured out to build a new sanctuary due to the condition of the old one. By the help of God and our dedicated members, the project was completed May 1991.
Under the leadership of Pastor Edmond, we have grown spiritually by adding quarterly leadership training, Bible Study every Wednesday evening and Worship Service every Sunday with Sunday school beginning at 9:30 am. God’s vision for the church and community is to build a new Fellowship Hall with classrooms to enhance spiritual growth and support the community.
The MOMBC continue to support the following outreach projects: The Usher Board that provides volunteers to distribute food, clothing and financial assistance to those in need in the Edgefield county area through Edgefield County Churches Helping Others (ECCHO). The MOMBC Youth Ministry that volunteers and ministers through songs and praise dancing for the elderly at the Trinity Mission Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Edgefield. Their mission work includes collecting and distributing food, warm clothing, and toys during Christmas and Thanksgiving to those in need. Also, our children have an annual youth conference and service on the Edgefield Town Square. The Brotherhood Ministry and the Sisterhood Ministry continues their mission work by helping and donating items to those in need. And for all this, with humble and joyful hearts say, “To God Be the Glory For the Great Things He has Done.”
Our Rich History
MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
3300 Martintown Road
Edgefield, SC 29824