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Blake Carter

Lead Pastor
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I have been at Mt. Olive since 2007. I love to preach the Word of God (Jer. 20:9) and I love to be a part of a work that only God can do (Eph. 3:20)! My amazing wife and my young daughter, count ourselves blessed to the hilt to serve the Lord here at Mt. Olive Baptist! Several years back, I went off to school to Toccoa Falls for Bible School, met my beautiful bride there, went to seminary at Liberty University from there while serving as dorm parents, and we’ve been serving at Mt. Olive ever since! We love it and sit on the edge of our seats to see what God will do next! For His glory, LET’S GO FOR IT!

Verlin Reece

Associate Pastor
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I have been blessed to be the Associate Pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church for 30 years! The people at Mt. Olive continue to amaze me with their love for each other and our community. As Associate Pastor, I have the privilege of serving and working alongside a wonderful group of people who love the Lord!

David Gailey

Music Director
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I am the minister of music at Mt. Olive and have been active in church music ministries for more than 30 years. My passion is to see God’s people connect with Him in a special way every time we gather through the singing of hymns, choir ministry as well as contemporary praise and worship music. One of my primary goals is to cultivate a spirit of worship among the people and to develop leaders that can participate in leading God’s people in corporate worship. Along with myself, my wife Jenni and son Jon have been a part of Mt. Olive since 2003.

Jon O'Rourke

Student Pastor
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I am blessed to be called by God and Mt. Olive Baptist Church to be the Student Pastor. I am blessed to throw dodge balls and pizza at middle school and high school students, all the while presenting the Word of God in an authentic, relevant way. I have my Bachelor’s in Religion with acognate in Bible and Theology from Liberty University. I am pursuing my Master’s of Divinity in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have 7 years of ministry experience across many different areas of ministry. God has blessed me with a beautiful, loving, and Christ-like wife, and a giant Great Pyrenese puppy named Gunner. We want to know Jesus more and want to make Him known.

Regular people being changed by a REALLY BIG GOD.