From our beginnings under old oak trees to the structure you see today, Mount Olivet United Methodist Church has been holding services continuously on this site since 1803. A wood frame church was built in 1870. In 1915, the first brick structure was erected with additions and renovations made throughout the years. Many things have changed through the years, but there is one constant – our devotion to the Lord, our sense of love for church family, and our desire to do God’s work.
My name is Neal Jones and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I am so thankful and incredibly excited for the honor of getting to be your pastor and walk with you in ministry to this world. I was born and raised just up the road in Greensboro. I have an amazing wife and two spectacular children. Mandy is the pastor at Forest Hill UMC in Concord. Will is going into his second year at NCSU (Go Pack!), where he is double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Spanish. Grace is a rising senior at Concord High School, where she is in the IB Programme. She is currently looking at schools and is wanting to go into some sort of medical field, most likely dealing with traumas. We have a dog, Ryyder, and two cats, Chester and Minnie. We absolutely love Cabarrus County and have most definitely found home here. Outside of church life, I enjoy watching pretty much any sport, playing Pokemon Go, going to the movies, and anything Disney!
Dr. Alissa Deeter is an Associate Professor of applied voice and voice pedagogy at UNC Charlotte and holds a doctorate degree in vocal performance from Florida State University. Alissa has a long history of leading music in various churches along with her professional teaching employment. She has been the director of music at Mount. Olivet since 2012. Alissa is the co-director of the vocal ensemble, Sine Nomine, whose mission is to enrich the lives of all populations, regardless of culture, age, race, beliefs, or identity. She is married and has three daughters.
Dana Jarrett has been with Mount Olivet since 2002. His talents serve to accompany or direct many groups including the adult choir, children’s choir, bell choirs, quartets, trios, and soloists. Dana is the principal at Davidson Elementary School in Davidson, NC. Dana is married and is the father of two adult children and has three grandchildren.
Donna Childers has been a member of Mount Olivet for more than fifteen years. She is currently employed by Maestro as the Director of Client Experiences. She manages self-funded benefits for large groups. Her love for children is evident as you watch her draw out the best from each of her performers in the children’s choir. Donna is married and has two children.
Angie Barnhardt assists the staff on a daily basis, prepares bulletins, newsletters and correspondence, maintains member records, reports, etc. She has been at Mount Olivet since 2004. She and her husband have four children and eleven grandchildren. They attend Glorietta Baptist Church.
Rennea Wilmot has been an active member of Mount Olivet for over twenty years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in Reading Education. Rennea is a retired English/Language Arts teacher. She loves children of all ages.
Harriet Hunter joined Mount Olivet UMC in 1994 where she enjoys singing in the choir, attending Sunday school and being an active member of the UMW. She has been the financial secretary at Winecoff Elementary School since 1986. She is the mother of three grown children and the grandmother of ten grandchildren.
Willie Foster is a life-long member of Mount Olivet. After graduating from Winecoff High School, she attended King’s College and received a degree in business. Later, while her husband was based at Ft. Bragg, Willie earned dual nursing degrees from Fayetteville Community College. When they returned to Concord, she went to work for Presbyterian Hospital where she worked in the NICU and later as a Flight Transport nurse. Willie later worked for the Cabarrus County Health Department and served as a school nurse. In 2008, she completed the NEMC Parish Nurse program. She is married and has two grown children.
Sean Earnhardt is the lead sound technician for both Sunday services and has attended and served Mount Olivet for more than twenty years. He is the lead network administrator at EuropaSports Products in Charlotte. Sean is an avid cyclist and is married and has three daughters.
Janet Crawford serves as the Nursery Assistant. She has been an active member of Mount Olivet since her family moved to the area from Ohio. She is married and has two daughters, three granddaughters, and two great grandchildren. Janet and her husband Gary have adopted one of their great granddaughters and are enjoying parenthood again.
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