our mission

our mission

Our mission is to glorify God as fully devoted followers of Jesus who equip others to do the same so that the gospel may reach the world. 

Glorify God means we exalt Christ by the way that we live and by what we do. In Eph. 1:11-12, Paul says, “In Christ we were also chosen… in order that we… might be for the praise of His glory.” As the moon reflects the sun, the church is meant to reflect the glory of God to a dark world. In His church, Christ reveals what a freed and forgiven people look like- people who are satisfied in Him as a result of the sacrifice He made.

Fully devoted follower of Jesus means we view Christ not just as Savior but also Lord. The Bible is our authority, conscience, and guide in all things. We walk in obedience to God’s Word by knowing and obeying the commands that He has clearly laid out in Scripture not because they save us but because we love Him, and love always leads to action. 

Equip others means the church is the training ground for believers. Eph. 4:12-13 says that the church is to “equip the saints for the work of the ministry and to build up the body of Christ, until we reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ.” God designed believers to do life with one another, to encourage and build one another up, to admonish and edify one another, to equip and train each other. We need each other; let us not forsake meeting together (Hebrews 10:25).

Advance the gospel to the world means we seek to put Christ on display to every nation and preach the good news of Christ to people in every place. Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He commissioned His disciples, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19-20) Advancing the gospel to the world is engaging the lost and sharing with them who Christ is and what He has done for them

Our Core Values

We have nine core values that are vital to who we are as a church. We want these values to serve as a filter for what we say and do as a church. 


We believe God’s Word is our authority and guide in all things. “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).


We believe in order to fulfill our mission, we need the power that comes from the Holy Spirit who dwells within every believer (Acts 1:4-8; Eph. 5:15-18).


We believe that full devotion to Jesus is the norm of every believer not the exception. As followers of Jesus, we are called to sacrifice our own liberties in order to love and serve our neighbors (Rom. 12:1-2).

marked by love

We believe that our love for one another is proof that we are disciples of Jesus (John 13:35). The love of God shown to us is what leads us to extend love and kindness to one another. 


We believe authenticity and sincerity should mark those who follow Jesus. “The goal of this command is love which comes from a pure heart, good conscience, and sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5).


We believe that we were made for community. God designed us to know and love one another deeply (Heb. 10:25, Acts 2:42).


We believe our influence on the world is directly tied to the unity we display. As a church, we will pursue unity at all cost. “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one… so that the world will believe you sent me” (John 17:21).


We believe that prayer should surround everything that we do. “Devote yourselves to prayer, be watchful, and thankful” (Col. 4:2).


We believe that it is God’s will for all men to be saved; therefore, it is our will as well. We seek to follow in Jesus Christ’s example to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10, 1 Tim. 2:4, Matt. 28:16-20).

our history

According to our records and verbal reports from older members of the community, a group of believers lived in what is now the Long Island and Sherrills Ford communities.  Most of these were members of Mt.Ruhama Baptist Church, twelve miles away, which in 1833 was a long distance to travel to attend church.  The group was more of a mission or “ arm of Mt. Ruhama Church.”  They worshiped in homes and under brush arbors.

On August 17, 1833, this group was organized into a church, which was named Olivet Baptist Church. 

Shortly after the organization of the church, a building was constructed near Sherrills Ford.  This wooden structure was used until 1884, when a new building was constructed near what was known as the Monogram School.  The location was changed to get the building closer to the members.  The 1884 church building was destroyed by fire on October 29, 1944.  In 1946, a new church and thirty room educational building were built on this same site without incurring any debt.

In 2000, a set of new classrooms and a new sanctuary were added on, which completed the building that we continue to congregate in today.