Pastor, Mount Olive Southern Missionary Baptist Church
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Pastor Willie James Stovall, Sr. confessed hope in Christ at the Springfield Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven, Mississippi in 1957. After serving in the U.S. Army until 1968, Pastor Stovall returned to Memphis and later owned three businesses, a grocery store, a gas station and an auto repair shop. In 1976, he began preaching the Word of God with his initial sermon in December of that year.
In the 1980's, Pastor Stovall, along with his brother, built the Zion Field Missionary Baptist Church in Earle, Arkansas where he received his Pastorship in 1982. He would later serve as Pastor at the Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church in Crawfordville, Arkansas. Pastor Stovall is a 1992 graduate of the Ambassador Bible College in Pasadena, California, and a 1998 graduate of Andersonville Baptist Seminary College, receiving his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. He also received his Doctor of Divinity degree from the Martha's Vineyard Seminary.
In 1989, Pastor Stovall moved to Albany, New York when he received Pastorship at the Mount Olive Southern Missionary Baptist Church and was instrumental in building the new church in 1992 to accommodate the congregation which had doubled in participation since his arrival three years prior. Pastor Stovall has been an active participant in many organizations and activities which benefit his congregation including: serving as moderator of the Hudson River Frontier Missionary Baptist Association for two terms; serving as a member of the National Baptist Convention and serving as a member of the Public Relations Board and the New Body Committee of the Empire State Missionary Baptist Convention.
In April of 1999, the City of Albany Common Council set forth a resolution recognizing the commitment and contributions of Pastor Stovall to the people of the City of Albany and congratulated him on his tenth anniversary as Pastor of the Mount Olive Southern Missionary Baptist Church and on his many achievements.
Pastor Stovall and wife Irene (Darling) Stovall have been married for over 40 years and are the proud parents of three girls and nine boys. Pastor Stovall is also a proud grandfather and great-grandfather.