Children's Ministry

Our hope is that you will feel comfortable here & develop a lasting relationship with our church community- a place that you can call your home away from home.  Whether you are a devout Christian or whether you are not sure what you believe, you are welcome at Mt Olivet. Our hope is that when you come, you will sense God’s love in the relationships that you will develop with us.

Children's Ministry

This commitment is supported through the values in place to guide the ministry in that partnership.


Our Values are:


  • All that we do will be Christ-Centered.
  • We will be open to God’s leading through Prayer.
  • We will be a reflection of Christian love through Intentional Shepherding.
  • We will teach with Relevance so that children learn to take Jesus into their world.
  • We will engage children with Creativity so that they seek more.
  • We will strive to create an environment that is physically, emotionally and spiritually Safe.


The Children’s Minister is Karen Morris. She can be contacted at

The S.O.S. Youth Group

Serving Our Savior (S.O.S) youth group exists so that our youth GROW in Christ, CONNECT & SERVE with other Christians, and then REACH non-believers for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

S.O.S. Youth Group

The goals of our youth group are:


  • Strengthening of friendships and discernment skills of youth
  • Growing the number of youth involved in all of our activities
  • Organizing community outreach, mission and service projects
  • Developing mentorship program (pairing older youth with younger youth)
  • Training for discipleship (provide more training in this area)
  • Workshops for families (provide workshops which speak to the needs of families with youth)
  • Helping youth to know biblical truth and apply truth in everyday living
  • Help youth maintain core values (moral convictions)


Our Youth Bible Study Schedule:

Sunday Mornings, 9:45am – 10:45am


Middle School Youth, grades 6-7 are taught by Kristen Gilkey, Room #201

High School Youth, grades 8-12, are taught by Johnny Axselle, Room #202


Wednesday Nights, 6:30pm-7:30pm


Youth in grades 6-12, meets  in youth group room #202

This study is lead by youth leader John Dille along with our youth committee. Katherine Hawks is the chair of the committee. John's Contact info: or 804- 925-5163

The Gathering for Young Adults

The Gathering is for young adults in their 20s and 30s. We meet twice a month in member's houses or at the church. You can find us on Facebook and Instagram. For more info contact Cindy Weston or Megan Van Riper. Cindy's email is  Megan's email is 


Sunday School Classes

There is a class for everyone during Sunday School.

If you’re new to Mt. Olivet, volunteers will be available in the Welcome Center each Sunday to help guide you to the Sunday School class of your preference. 

Sunday School Classes


Nursery (Crib & Toddler)

Martha Ramirez

Room 100

Preschool (Ages 2-4)

Karen Morris and Angela Drumheller

Room 102


Kindergarten –Grade 2

Carol Brigham and Wanda Laing

Room 103

Grades 3-5

Megan and Jimmy Van Riper

Room 206


Grades 6-7

Kim Williamson

Room 202

Grades 8-12

Johnny Axselle

Room 200

Younger Adults

The Café

Luanne and Jason Melton

Room 210 A&B

Odd Fellows

John Williamson

Room 212


Agape/Alpha (Couples)

Ron Williams

Room 210 A&B

HOPE (Ladies)

Carol Draper

Room 210 C

Fellowship (Couples)

John Axselle

Room 210 D&E

Searchers (Median Men)

Neal Brigham

Room 211

Older Adults

Joy Class

Steve Rhyne

Room 216

Lydia Class (Ladies)

Ernest Mason

Room 114

Music Ministry

Mt Olivet is very fortunate to have a wonderful group of musicians who sing and/or play instruments. There are a number of ways that you can get involved.



Music Ministry

Mt Olivet is very fortunate to have a wonderful group of musicians who sing and/or play instruments. 


Have you tapped your toes to the music provided by our Praise Team and thought, “I’d like to do that?” Well you can! If you have an instrument that you need to dust off and tune up, or you like to sing out in harmony, then the Praise Team is calling to you.

So many places for the addition of your talents to make a huge difference! God gave those talents to you. I challenge you to use them for His glory as you build up that part of Christ’s body that is your church family! Our singer, ringers and players are incredible people. You’ll be blessed in their presence as you use your gifts to bless others. 


Body & Soul

We are happy to announce that our fitness class is back up and running (no pun intended). Join us on Thursdays from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. We are safely distancing and each person is using the same weights and bands each time. Please Note: when Hanover County schools are closed, then we also will be closed.


Fellowship Hall

Mt Olivet Baptist Church

15583 Coatesville Road

Beaverdam, VA 23015

Body & Soul

Mission Statement for the Body & Soul Fitness Class 

The mission of the Body & Soul Fitness Class is to promote a diversified adult physical exercise program in an environment that encourages building relationships among church members and community participants.

Our goal is for participants to attend regularly and encourage members of the community to attend the church as a result of the friendships established and a desire to learn more about the Christian life.  The exercise commitment extends to the personal lifestyles of its participants producing long term healthier benefits, both physically and spiritually.

For Info, call 883-5950  |

Deacon Ministry Teams

There are 17 men who serve as Deacons at Mt Olivet. Their role is to enhance the general well-being and ministry of the church. They work with the staff in identifying and responding to the spiritual and tangible needs of the membership and its pastoral community.


There are 17 men who serve as Deacons at Mt Olivet. Their role is to enhance the general well-being and ministry of the church. They work with the staff in identifying and responding to the spiritual and tangible needs of the membership and its pastoral community.

Members of the congregation are encouraged to “team up” with deacons to provide support and assistance to families in the church and community. You may join any of the 7 teams and have a part in helping others.


Ministry Teams


Caring Ministry

This team ministers to grieving families. Upon the death of a member of Mt Olivet Baptist Church or its Sunday School, the church offers to provide a reception or meal in the church’s Fellowship Hall following the funeral. Meat, bread, beverages, and paper products are paid for by the church, with other dishes provided by volunteers. This ministry is an expression of sympathy, concern and love of Mt Olivet’s members and a witness to the family in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Community Missions

This team will coordinate with the members of Mt Olivet Church to provide manpower and talent to help members of our community with needs which they might have.


Greeting Team

Members of this team will provide a warm welcome to people as they arrive for services – whether worship, Sunday School, or other special events.


Homebound Ministry Team

“Homebound” is a term that describes members of the church who are confined to home or long-term assisted care facilities because of age, illness, or any other infirmity.

Team members make periodic contacts (in-home visits, cards, phone calls, etc.) with members of the church who are homebound. Team members will want to inform homebound members of church news, share words of encouragement, and offer to pray with the homebound church member.

Team members also may offer to take Communion to the homebound member and his/her family.

If team members observe any specific needs of the homebound family and feel that the church may be able to offer assistance, they will communicate those needs to the appropriate persons or groups within the church.


Hospital Ministry Team

Hospital ministry is defined as the personal contact with a hospital patient for the purpose of encouragement, prayer and spiritual blessing.

Team members aim to make at least one visit per week to any church or Sunday School member who is in the hospital or has recently been discharged from the hospital. Team members will want to communicate the compassion of the church family and to offer to have prayer with the hospitalized member. Team members may deliver devotional literature to the patient as appropriate. Remember to keep the visit short.


Worship (Ordinance) Ministry Team

The Baptist church celebrates two ordinances – Baptism and Communion.

Team members are responsible for taking care of the practical matters related to Baptism and Communion. Specific duties are detailed in the Deacons’ Minutes


Prospect – New Member Visitation Team

Team members will make a personal contact with people who are new to our church – informing them about the church and inviting them to become involved in the ministries and programs of the church. This contact may include the delivery of published material that describes the ministries of the church. Responsibilities include planning the outreach effort, determining how records are kept, what materials are delivered, etc.


Special Events Ministry Team

This team is responsible for planning and coordinating special events which promotes Christian fellowship, helping to connect members of the church and the surrounding community. The Team also seeks to support members of the church who are suffering loss, whether by death or some other circumstance.


Members of this team may serve in one of many roles that this team leads, such as


  • Organizing & hosting special events to help regular attendees and guests get to know one another better.
  • Sending greeting cards from the church for occasions as decided by the Pastor and Deacon Chairman
  • In the event of other losses such as job loss, fire, floods, or other situations that create a temporary dilemma, the team will share the compassion of the church as we provide support and search for practical solutions.

Senior Adults

 our senior adult ministry – 


Our group is called Young at Heart.  We have been on haitus since the pandemic but hope to start some small groups soon.  


Membership will be open to the community. Past members come from Montpelier, Beaverdam, Doswell, and Ashland.


Our Library is no longer in one room but you can paruse the shelves in the conference room and upstairs in the adult assembly room.  Some Sunday School classes have a shelf of books and the youth and children classes have books related to their age group.

Paul wrote to Timothy,

“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all, the parchments.”

2 Timothy 4:13

  • “I love to read but never have time…”
  • “I hated reading in school…”
  • “I don’t want to waste my time reading when I have more important things I need to do…”


Sound familiar? If Paul had need of books: how much more does the growing Christian of today need books for Bible study, for reference, for inspiration in Christian living. You don’t have to love to read or have a lot of free time but spending even a few minutes each day studying God’s word and enriching your Spiritual well-being or just lifting your spirits with a good Christian book is time well spent.


The church library is more than just a bunch of books – it is a great resource to help members in their individual walk with God and as we work together as a church to grow spiritually and to understand God’s message to us.  Learning, studying, and thinking are life-time activities.


We are truly blessed by all the excellent Christian literature available these days.


Come see what we have to offer for you! Open every Sunday from 9:30 am – 10:00 am, on select Wednesday nights (not open during summer) and by appointment. Contact Janet Horton for more information at (804) 227-9959.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


- Psalm 23:4