Celebrating Our Past

Mt. Olivet throughout the years……….
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
Former Pastors
Rev. Lee and a group of Rochester’s Third Ward citizens convened to organize Mt. Olivet Baptist as a Church. He Led the delegation that met with the Baptist Association.  He was successful in having the 83rd Monroe Baptist Association Council recognized as a Baptist Church on October 14, 1910.  The old George Hall on South Avenue served as the first official church site. The church later moved to Odd Fellows Hall at 100 Caledonia Avenue, now called  Clarissa Street. Rev. Sedley E. Lee 1910 - 1912 1st Pastor Rev. A. M. Kearney served as interim pastor until Rev. Hubert accepted. He was the was the first African American to attend the Rochester Theological Seminary. During his pastorate, Hubert Hall on Adams Street, the current church site, was erected. Rev. Charles D. Hubert 1912 - 1915 2nd Pastor Rev. Brown came from Chicago, Illinois to serve as Mt. Olivet’s 3rd pastor. Rev. L. B. Brown 1915 - 1918 3rd Pastor Rev. Batchatar came from Tennessee and he served 2 years. Rev. Singleton M. Batchalar 1918 - 1920 4th Pastor Rev. Rose was a graduate of Howard University and Rochester Theological Seminary.  He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Howard University and was widely known as a fighter for Social Justice.  The membership grew and a New  Sanctuary was started  in 1923.  It was dedicated on January 23, 1927.  He served for 22 years until his death in 1942. Rev. Dr. James E. Rose 1920 - 1942 5th Pastor Rev.  Boddie was a graduate of Colgate Divinity, received a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Keuka College, organized the Rose Memorial Fellowship and help the church break ground for the Education Building in August 1955.  He helped the church liquidate its mortgage on the old sanctuary that was built in 1926.  He served for 4 years. Rev. Dr. Charles Boddie 1942 - 1956 6th Pastor Rev. Whitaker was from Malden, Massachusetts.  He graduated from Harvard University Divinity School, the Andover Newton Theological School.  During his tenure the Education building known as Whitaker Hall was completed.  He helped dedicate the Education Building on March 5, 1958. He served 11 years. Rev. Arthur L. Whitaker 1956 - 1967 7th Pastor Rev. Johnson was from New York City.  He graduated from Virginia University, received both his Master and Doctorate Degrees from Colgate Rochester Divinity School.  He established the Scholarship Fund, the Senior Citizen's Fellowship and the New Sanctuary Building Fund.  He served 22 years and retired becoming the Pastor Emeritus in 1989 until death in 2015. Rev. Dr. Leardrew Johnson 1967- 1989 8th Pastor Rev. Cook was from Roswell, Georgia. He graduated from Tuskegee University, Morehouse College School of Religion and received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew University School of Theology.  He established a Family Care Ministry, a discipleship and bible study program, a youth summer bash program  and an Alzheimer Support Ministry.  He established a Youth Ministry focus and hired the First Youth Minister,  Rev. James McCarroll.  A New Sanctuary was constructed and he moved the congregation to this area June 20, 1999.  He served 16 years.   Rev. Dr. Dwight E. Cook 1989- 2006 9th Pastor
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Celebrating Our Past

Mt. Olivet throughout the years……….
Former Pastors
Rev. Lee and a group of Rochester’s Third Ward citizens convened to organize Mt. Olivet Baptist as a Church. He Led the delegation that met with the Baptist Association.  He was successful in having the 83rd Monroe Baptist Association Council recognized as a Baptist Church on October 14, 1910.  The old George Hall on South Avenue served as the first official church site. The church later moved to Odd Fellows Hall at 100 Caledonia Avenue, now called  Clarissa Street. Rev. Sedley E. Lee 1910 - 1912 1st Pastor Rev. A. M. Kearney served as interim pastor until Rev. Hubert accepted. He was the was the first African American to attend the Rochester Theological Seminary. During his pastorate, Hubert Hall on Adams Street, the current church site, was erected. Rev. Charles D. Hubert 1912 - 1915 2nd Pastor Rev. Brown came from Chicago, Illinois to serve as Mt. Olivet’s 3rd pastor. Rev. L. B. Brown 1915 - 1918 3rd Pastor Rev. Batchatar came from Tennessee and he served 2 years. Rev. Singleton M. Batchalar 1918 - 1920 4th Pastor Rev. Rose was a graduate of Howard University and Rochester Theological Seminary.  He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Howard University and was widely known as a fighter for Social Justice.  The membership grew and a New  Sanctuary was started  in 1923.  It was dedicated on January 23, 1927.  He served for 22 years until his death in 1942. Rev. Dr. James E. Rose 1920 - 1942 5th Pastor Rev.  Boddie was a graduate of Colgate Divinity, received a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Keuka College, organized the Rose Memorial Fellowship and help the church break ground for the Education Building in August 1955.  He helped the church liquidate its mortgage on the old sanctuary that was built in 1926.  He served for 4 years. Rev. Dr. Charles Boddie 1942 - 1956 6th Pastor Rev. Whitaker was from Malden, Massachusetts.  He graduated from Harvard University Divinity School, the Andover Newton Theological School.  During his tenure the Education building known as Whitaker Hall was completed.  He helped dedicate the Education Building on March 5, 1958. He served 11 years. Rev. Arthur L. Whitaker 1956 - 1967 7th Pastor Rev. Johnson was from New York City.  He graduated from Virginia University, received both his Master and Doctorate Degrees from Colgate Rochester Divinity School.  He established the Scholarship Fund, the Senior Citizen's Fellowship and the New Sanctuary Building Fund.  He served 22 years and retired becoming the Pastor Emeritus in 1989 until death in 2015. Rev. Dr. Leardrew Johnson 1967- 1989 8th Pastor Rev. Cook was from Roswell, Georgia. He graduated from Tuskegee University, Morehouse College School of Religion and received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew University School of Theology.  He established a Family Care Ministry, a discipleship and bible study program, a youth summer bash program  and an Alzheimer Support Ministry.  He established a Youth Ministry focus and hired the First Youth Minister,  Rev. James McCarroll.  A New Sanctuary was constructed and he moved the congregation to this area June 20, 1999.  He served 16 years.   Rev. Dr. Dwight E. Cook 1989- 2006 9th Pastor
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