236 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207 (directions)
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP: 8:00am & 10:45am
SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:30am each Sunday morning
HOLY BAPTISM: 4th Sunday morning of each month
HOLY COMMUNION: 1st Sunday during 10:45am svc


WELCOME to the Mount Olive Southern Missionary Baptist Church Website! It is our desire for you to experience the love and fellowship we have for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and for each other. Under the direction and leadership of our Pastor, Reverend Willie J. Stovall, Sr. and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we invite you to study our ministries, then join us in worship to engage in bringing the Glory of God, face-to-face in fellowship and discipleship. You will be greeted with a pleasant smile, a warm welcome and the love of Jesus. So whether you are interested in our teaching, powerful worship service, or simply want to learn more about one of our ministries, we invite you to visit us. We look forward to serving you. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!


OUR HISTORY - Celebrating 80 Years


A Glimpse of the Past:

Pastorial Leadership

1939 - 1942 Reverend Walter Love

1943 - 1948 Reverend Harris *

1949 - 1950 Reverend Odell W. Surgick

1950 - 1951 Reverend Payne *

1951 - 1952 Reverend Edwards *

1952 - 1977 Reverend Odell W. Surgick

1978 - 1982 Reverend Beresford E. Bailey

1983 - 1985 Reverend Charles Sheppard

1985 - 1988 Reverend Norman Scott

1989 - Present Reverend Willie J. Stovall, Sr.

* dates are estimate or approximate time frames

The Mount Olive Southern Missionary Baptist Church (MOSMBC) was founded in Newton Hook, New York in 1939 by Reverend Walter Love. In 1942, the church moved to Third Street in Albany, New York. Mount Olive was incorporated in June 1943 under the affiliates of the church which were Reverend Washington of Kingston, New York, Reverend J. B. Holmes of Albany, New York and Reverend Sturges of Newburgh, New York. The founding members of the church were Reverend Walter Love, Rose Willingham, Brookert Willingham, Richard Scott, Hanna Love, William Mack, Nellie Mack, William Thompson, Mary Thompson, Delos Willingham, Virginia Willingham, Pauline Willingham, Benjamin Willingham, Ruby Willingham and Adam "Doc" Willingham.

Under the leadership of Reverend Walter Love, the following primary units were established: Deacon Board, Trustee Board, Deaconess Board, Mothers' Board, Sunday School and the Church Clerk. Deacon Brookert Willingham was the first Chairman of the Deacon Board with Deacon Chester Walker as Vice President. The first Mother of the church was Hanna Love, the first Church Clerk was Nellie Mack. Our church homes were located at 103 Orange Street and 226 North Pearl Street.

Reverend Odell W. Surgick was our Pastor for 26 years. During his tenure, we experienced a tremendous growth in membership. The church grew not only in number, but also in love and peace. We shared a closeness that words cannot express. Our church was one of the first in the capital district to broadcast on local television. We provided weekly worship service with sermons by Reverend Odell W. Surgick and songs by our great choirs. Deacon Delos Willingham served as Chairman of the Deacon Board and Deacon William Small was Vice Chairman. William S. Waters served as Chairman of the Trustee Board, and Louis Small was Vice Chairman. Ernestine White and Velma L. Wilkins served as secretaries to the Pastor. The church was blessed with the formation of five annual days, they were: Building Fund Day, Pastor's Anniversary, Men & Women's Day, Church Anniversary, Installation of Officers and eighteen (18) auxiliaries.

Under the leadership of Reverend Willie J. Stovall, Sr., we moved to our new and present church home at 236 North Pearl Street. The entire congregation exercised their faith in God through their stewardship and service. The church flourished both spiritually and financially. Many souls were added to our ranks. An 8:00am Sunday Worship Service was included in our church calendar and "The Journey through the Bible" study program was instituted. The church officials and the church family arranged the laying of the Cornerstone in our new Edifice on October 22, 2000. Participants in the service were Members of the Capital City Lodge #78, Tucson City Lodge #49, Mount Moriah Lodge #25, Mount Zion Lodge #16, Albany Lodge of the Elks #105 and the Lord Temple #148.


We celebrated our 70th Church Anniversary in 2009, with a Gala Banquet at the Wolferts Roost Country Club. Many members and friends attended, and honor was given to our special guests, Founders Brother Adam "Doc" Willingham and Sister Ruby Willingham Van Hoesen. Our senior members were also in attendance due to special blessings from ministries and friends of the church.

On March 20, 2011, seven years earlier than anticipated, the Mount Olive members conducted and celebrated the "Burning of the Mortgage".

On Sunday November 23, 2014 we will celebrate our 75th Church Anniversary. We are thankful and confident that as long as we keep lifting the name of Jesus and continue going about the business of winning souls to Christ, GOD will continue to pour out His blessings upon us and we will move steadily up the King's Highway.



Based on authority of Scripture, the mission of the Mount Olive Southern Missionary Baptist Church is to demonstrate the redemptive love of God for all persons. To proclaim to all, the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ, teaching them to observe all things according to the Holy Bible and baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. To equip those responding to the Lordship of Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit to worship, minister and to become disciples of God. - Scripture References: Matthew 28:19-20 and John 4:1



To REACH an ever-increasing percentage of the Tri-City area with the gospel message, teaching and preaching the Word of God.

To MOVE the congregation of Christ-followers toward community, spiritual maturity, family love and full participation within the life of the church.

To INVEST a greater percentage of our lives, knowledge and our resources to help those in our city, nation and world.


1. We, at Mount Olive, support the Foreign Mission Program as a member of the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention, Inc.

2. Adopted two elementary schools: Arbor Hill and North Albany:

  • Participants with the Mentoring Program
  • Participants with the Reading Program
  • Participants with the Discipline Program
  • Financial Support for special projects and presentations such as Arbor Hill Step Team

3. Partnership with Whitney Young Health Center - flu shot clinic, special presentations, etc.

4. Provide a weekly meeting venue to First Things First Group: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 8:30am.

5. Weekly or monthly visits to hospitals, nursing facilities or homes of members for prayer and to serve Holy Communion.

6. Organized via the Missionary Care Ministry:

  • Clothing, etc., give-away throughout the year and sometimes with hot food available (weather permitting)
  • Food items available
  • Distribution of Easter and Thanksgiving food baskets
  • Toys for Tots participant

7. NYSDOH - Northeastern Regional Committee joined with Mount Olive's Ministries to present a community forum entitled "Hidden Infections: Hepatitis C, HIV and STIs, What a Congregation needs to Know".

If you are a resident of our community or are visiting our area, please stop by during our worship services and see what makes us a different kind of church.