THE HISTORY OF MT. OLIVE AME CHURCH

In 1881, six people gathered for worship in a bush arbor at the corner of Parramore Avenue and West Robinson Street in Orlando. Worship Services and prayer meetings were held at this location for many years before a sanctuary was built. The original building was located on West Robinson Street on land donated by the late Mr. James B. Parramore, for whom Parramore Avenue is named. The membership at that time consisted of six embers: Rev. and Mrs. G. W. Hawkins, Mrs. A. Brown, Mrs. Maggie Daniels, Mrs. Lucinda Arrington, and Rev. Samuel Coleman. With the church needing a name, Mrs. Arrington moved that the church should be named Mt. Olive AME Church.

Others, touched by their strong belief joined them at this site.  After many worship services in the same location and growing membership over the years, a site on the corner of Washington and Bryan Streets was purchased and a new building was constructed.  In 1950, the church was completely renovated into a beautiful brick building.  The members then built a parsonage across the street for the convenience and comfort of the pastor and his family.

Orlando, becoming a metropolis, experienced rapid growth during the 60’s and 70’s.  In search of a site for the new federal and state building, the City of Orlando found an ideal spot.  Unfortunately, Mt. Olive AME Church stood proudly on the same location.  For two years following the demolition of the building, services were held at St. Paul AME Church on South Parramore.  After many months of praying, planning, fundraising and hard labor, the members completed the present edifice under the pastorate of Rev. B. H. martin.  On the 3rd Sunday in March 1979, Bishop S.S. Morris, Presiding Prelate of the Eleventh Episcopal District, presided over the Dedication Service.  Mt. Olive has been privileged to many remarkable and accomplished servant leaders.  Two of the former pastors served as General Officers of the AME Church: rev. R. A. Chappelle, former General Secretary, and Rev. Y. Benjamin Brue, former General Director of Worship and Evangelism.  Rev. Chappelle was also elected and consecrated as the 108th Bishop of the AME Church.


OUR VISION

A place where a person with no church background can come and feel comfortable and enjoy the service because the atmosphere will be friendly. The sermons are always practical, biblical and relevant. The music is contemporary and upbeat with a praise team and full band.

These dreams are being fulfilled because they are inspired by God!

A church that is fun for the entire family, a church where kids want to go because they have a great time experiencing God’s love. A church that builds families.


OUR MISSION

Our mission statement can be summed up in one word: REACH.

Reaching Up | Loving God:
Vertical reach to touch God. We reach up through worship.

Reach In | Serving Each Other:
Horizontal reach to bless others.We serve God by serving each other.

Reach Out | Changing The World:
Outward reach to can change the world. We have to be bold and courageous. Jesus commanded us to go into the entire world and present the good news.


OUR STAFF

MARK E. CRUTCHER

SENIOR PASTOR

Dr. Mark Crutcher is the Senior Pastor of Mt. Olive AME Church and has the vision of shaping the city for Christ through Purpose, Power, and Praise.

JUANITA CRUTCHER

FIRST LADY / Director of Olive Branch Childcare

First Lady Juanita Crutcher is not only the wife of Pastor Crutcher and a Minister at Mt. Olive, she also serves as the Director of the Olive Branch Childcare Center.

TILESE PONTIER

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

As the Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor, Tilese serves as the executive/confidential/trusted assistant to the Pastor Cructher, the Senior Pastor of Mt. Olive AME Church.

david harris

transportation director

David is the head of the Transportation Ministry providing a safe and convenient way for senior, youth and physically challenged members to attend various church services and functions.



SERVICE TIMES

Saturdays 5:30 p.m.
Sundays 11:11 a.m.

Classic Services
Sundays 8:00 and 9:30 a.m


WHERE WE MEET

Solace Church
12345 North Central Expy
New York, NY 54321

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HOW DO I GET THERE?

We’re so glad you’ve decided to
visit us! Please don’t hesitate to
send us a message or give us a
call at (001) 123-456789


WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Our church has a “come as you are” atmosphere. You will see some dressed up, some dressed casual. So be yourself.




WHO IS PASTOR CRUTCHER?


Dr. Mark Crutcher is the Senior Pastor of Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church located in Orlando, Florida. He is a ministerial visionary, anointed preacher, gifted teacher and a man of integrity. Pastor Crutcher is leading the talented and energetic membership of Mt. Olive to fulfill its vision of being an innovative growing ministry that provides transforming experiences for the members, the community, and beyond. At Mt. Olive, there is room for people from all walks of life seeking a closer relationship with Christ and the Children of God.

In 1985, Pastor Crutcher answered the call of God and entered the ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  He has served faithfully as pastor of several churches throughout North Florida.  Equipped educationally, Pastor Crutcher holds a Doctoral of Philosophy degree from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida in Educational Leadership.  He is the author of two books, “The Flaming Sword” and Operating In The Fulfillment Of Divine Purpose” which were written to help believers in their spiritual growth and development.



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