About Us

Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Beaverdam, VA (just west of Ashland) is a community of believers who come together to worship God, better understand the Scriptures, and serve others in the name of the Lord, all the while developing friendships. 

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.

 

Our church is in transition due to long tenured full and part-time ministers’ recent retirements -- the music minister, the youth minister, and the pastor. We are thankful for these dedicated servants and their investment of many decades of faithful ministry at Mt Olivet. We look forward to seeing who God has in store for our future.

 

The church leadership will be updating this page as decisions are made about its new staff members as they are called into service at Mt Olivet.

 

Currently serving are

Alice Rusher - Administrative Assistant - alice@mtolivetbaptist.org

Karen Morris - Minister to Children - children@mtolivetbaptist.org

 
 

We believe that a church of the Christian faith is a company of baptized believers, voluntarily associated together to maintain the worship of God, and acknowledging no head but Christ, and no religious authority but the Word of God.

 

We accept as our articles of faith the revised statement of “The Baptist Faith and Message” as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in session at Kansas City, MO in 1963.

 

Click here to read the 1963 “Baptist Faith and Message” 

 

SUNDAYS

 

Expect to be with a group of people who celebrate God’s love and honor Him through music, prayer, and reflection on the Scriptures.

 

Expect to find that people will be wearing everything from casual to casual business to cost and tie.

Our traditional services blend contemporary praise songs, gospel music, and the “old hymns” with the proclamation of the Scriptures.

 

During the Fall and Spring (when public schools are in session) we offer two Sunday morning worship services (8:30 and 11:00.) During the summer, we offer one Sunday morning worship service (10:15).

 

We provide a nursery where loving adults will care for your children (infants through Age 2). Your child will be able to stay in the nursery during Sunday School and the worship service.

 

We believe it’s important for younger children to be in the sanctuary with you for the beginning part of the worship service. Midway through the hour-long service, your children (Age 3 – Grade 3) are invited to go with our Children’s Minister to enjoy worship on a child’s point of view. They will enjoy music, a Bible lesson, and a craft.

 

We have age-graded Sunday School classes and small group studies to help participants learn about the Christian faith, deal with life situations, and to grow in your spiritual relationship with God and one another. 

 

WEDNESDAYS

 

We are currently not doing dinner at this time.

Wednesday evenings begin with dinner served between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. for those who make reservations.


 

Cost: 

$5.00 per Adult 

$2.50 per Child under age 12

$15.00 Family Maximum Charge

Click here to RSVP for Dinner


Age-graded classes are available from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Babies and toddlers can stay in a nursery which is staffed by dependable adults 


Preschoolers (Age 3 - Grade K) attend a class named “Mission Friends” where they learn about missionaries who Baptists deploy throughout state, nation and world


Children (Grades 1-5) learn about God’s love for people everywhere, whether here in our own county or in a foreign nation. They learn about the message that missionaries preach to all the world. This message is about God who lovingly desires a personal relationship with all who will believe, accept God’s forgiveness and pledge obedience to God. They also participate in age-appropriate mission projects, teaching them the importance of helping other people for Jesus’ sake.


Girls (Grades 1 – 5) meet together as a group called “Girls in Action” or GAs


Boys (Grades 1 – 5) meet together as a group named “Royal Ambassadors” or RAs 


Youth (Grades 6-12) enjoy fellowship, engage in Bible study, and participate in a variety of mission projects



Adults enjoy a time of corporate prayer and Bible study 


 

Mount Olivet has a long and rich history with beginnings dating back to October 22, 1847. On that date at a place called the “Old Bethlehem Meeting House” in Hanover County, forty people met to constitute a new church. After a sermon by Rev. James Lawrence Reynolds, the group officially adopted the name -- Mount Olivet. Eight days later plans were begun to build a proper meeting house on the site of the current sanctuary. February 17, 1849 marked the completion of the building at a cost of $2,200.00. By January of 1870, the debt for the building was paid for or forgiven.


The first pastor (Rev. Martin T. Sumner) was called on July 22, 1849.  He preached once a month at the church until July, 1850 when he then began preaching two Sundays a month at a salary of $300.00 a year.


The membership in December 1853 was 299 which included “those of color”. Both races worshipped together until 1865 when a resolution passed dismissing the Blacks and “discharging (them) from all their obligations to the church” and left them free to “act for themselves in the premises.” After this action, the membership dropped to 84. Today the membership is just over 500.


The original building served the church’s needs for many years. In fact, the original sanctuary still is the meeting place for our worship services. In 1950, more space was needed and two wings were added to the back of the church. In 1967, a new educational building was constructed.


Mount Olivet grew in the 1980 - 1990’s, requiring the construction of a new educational facility which was dedicated on August 21, 1994. This new 13,838 square foot building includes seventeen new Sunday School class rooms, a large fellowship hall, a baptistry, expanded kitchen facilities and more storage space. In September of 2002, an office complex was built that physically connected the “free-standing,” original sanctuary with the other buildings on the church campus.


A church is more than just the building, however. We at Mount Olivet strive to look beyond ourselves to the needs of others here in our backyard as well as those far away. From that first two dollars given to missions in 1848, we now rank in the top 100 churches in Virginia in per capita giving through the Cooperative Program. We give not only our money, but our time and talents through various ministries of the church to help those in need. Striving to be faithful, we pray as the psalmist prayed:

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

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