History

CHURCH HISTORY

 

On May 4, 1883, MOUNT OLIVE BAPTIST CHURCHwas organized by the late Rev. John Kennedy, Rev. G.W. Brown and (15) fifteen members on Shreve Island Plantation.  From this small group of saints, a churchbuilding was erected near the river where it remained until the land it was on changed hands and they were forced to move and the building was torn down. After this they moved to Sand Beach and were known as Mount Olive Sand Beach, which that area today is now known as Dixie Garden.  The church was later destroyed by fire in 1895, and another building was erected under the leadership of Reverend R. Law.

In 1905 the church reached another milestone in its history. The first cornerstone was laid by the Masonic Lodge No. 5905, Grandmaster John L. Lewis.

The church enjoyed great progress down through the years and was able to purchase a three acre site on the Mt. Zion Road for a cemetery for its members. And as fate would have it, the church was once again destroyed by fire in 1927, and was rebuilt by June 4, 1928 as it celebrated its 47th Church Anniversary and the relaying of the cornerstone.

Again the church enjoyed many years of great success before tragedy again struck. This time it was by lighting in 1942. God placed on the hearts the pastor and members of The First Baptist Church of Cedar Grove to open their doorand show us much kindness and hospitality.  

In 1943 the Church was rebuilt on the Turner Lane site and was frequently known as Mt Olive Turner Lane. The cornerstone re-laid by the Universal Grand Lodge A F & M, Grandmaster T. J. Hawkins. From that day until now God has wonderfully blessed Mt Olive in so many ways.The church was later incorporated and became Mount Olive Baptist Church of Shreveport.  Many great pastor and church leaders were instrumental in the success that we now enjoy.

On the heels and shoulders of many of the great leadersfrom our past history, stands Dr. BERNARD KIMBLEwhohasbeen instrumental in the past 18 years of certainly innovatively bringing this ministry to a 21st Century level through tireless hours of hard work, fasting and prayer.  During his tenure God blessed Mt Olive with 720 new members through baptism, restoration and letter.  

Dr. Bernard Kimble visionary leadership has allowed God to expand the ministry of Mt Olive Baptist Church of Shreveport. These expansions include over 17 new ministries such as, Greeters, Shabach Praise Team, Quarterly Newsletter, Men’s Discipleship and Stewards just to name a few.  

In keeping with our churches motto, “A 21st Century ministry where our deepest concern is the community at large,” Dr. Kimble established three Outreach Ministries.  Olive Branch Ministries, Inc. a 501c3 non-profit corporation, to address the needs of youth and seniorsacross the city through such programs as the summer feeding program, “JOY Camp” a summer camp for youthand partnering with the Food Bank of Northwest LA to provide food for needed families.  Bernard Kimble Ministries has taken the ministry of Mount Olive Baptist of Shreveport worldwide weekly broadcast with “In The Word” Radio on KOKA 980am The Light” and “In The Word” Television broadcast on NBC Channel 6, as well aslive internet streaming every Sunday morning at 8 & 11am.  Women of Vision Shreveport, Co-founded with First Lady Pheobe Kimble whose mission is to educate, encourage and motivate women in leadership roles.  It is also designed to help women and children who have fallen upon hard times, giving them a hand up instead of a hand out.

The rapid growth of Mt Olive Baptist Church of Shreveport forced the congregation to step out on faith and believe God for a New Worship Center erected in 2002. The new worship center constituted even more expansion adding the Pastoral and Administrative staff with an operating facility of four (4) days a week Monday – Thursday, 10am-4pm.  The Pastoral staff consists of an Administrative Pastor and a Youth Pastor.  As the vision of Mt Olive Baptist Church of Shreveport continued to unfold, land was donated alone Turner Lane for future growth.  

Mt Olive Baptist Church of Shreveport has truly been a trail blazer in this region among Baptist Churches in accepting women in ministry.  With Mt Olive Baptist Church being led by a man after God’s own heart “following after the Lion of Judah,” Pastor Kimble obeyed the call of God to accept women in ministry and their calling to preach.  One of the women included First Lady Pheobe Kimble, making her to be the first Pastor’s wife in the history of Mt Olive to preach.

Even after laboring long and hard, Pastor Kimble has found time to earn his doctorate in Philosophy, publish twobooks, “The Decay of The African American Family”,and“To Serve This Present Age.”Mt Olive Baptist Church has sponsored foreign mission trips to Govenador, Brazil and Matamoros, Mexico.

Dr. Kimble has not failed to be active on the political scene by chairing the campaign to elect the church’s’ first politician in person of our very own, Lindora Baker tothe office of Parish Commissioner for District 6.  

Mt Olive has been made proud by many efforts of Dr. Bernard Kimble who served on various community and civic boards, Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Airport Special Task Force appointed by Mayor Cedric Gloverto name a few. Currently he serves the chairman of MOED (Ministers of EconomicDevelopment),Communities in Schools (CIS) Advisory Committee, chairman of the board of theRestoration Crisis Center (RCC)

Mt Olive has also hosted several Community Health Fairs, Neighborhood Cleanups, Leadership Conferences, National Night Out, Homecoming Parades, Golf Tournaments, Youth Summits, Free Tax Assistance, Medicaid Enrollment and Neighborhood Town Hall Meetings.  

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