Mt. Olive Apostolic Original Holy Church of God has
been blessed with a rich history of trials and triumphs. Today
we are marking a milestone of triumph. As we celebrate 48 years,
we are humbled by the profound and heart-felt knowledge that we
have indeed “come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord.”
It is God, through the leadership of our Pastor, and the efforts
and sacrifices of faithful members, that has brought us to this
9, 1963, God gave our Pastor a vision to organize this church.
The vision led to our first worship place, a law office on Willow
Road. In 1965, a door was opened at 828 Newbridge Avenue in Menlo
Park. For 5 years, we rented this facility, withstanding the high
crime that persisted in the area and even threats of physical
violence against our Pastor.
One morning during service, Pastor asked if the saints would like
to have a church. The response was positive and so began a year-long
effort that culminated in the original edifice at 605 Hamilton Avenue.
A handful of faithful and dedicated members led by our Pastor, with
all of the odds against them, including the city ordinances and
no financial backing, built the church. The Lord blessed and provided
skilled laborers for a few phases of the project but, for the most
part, it is God only that gets the glory for what was done. For
those doing it had no doubt that God was leading them.In 1970, the
work started. In 1971, it was completed. God blessed the church
to march to the new location.
We marched with joy and jubilation because God had done a great
miracle. As the saints entered the new edifice, the anointing of
God fell.In the late 1970’s, Elder Bostic endured a great
trial of sickness. With the loss of her mother in 1981, this was
one of the more difficult times in our church history. For what
the devil must have planned as a final “knockout” blow,
in 1983 the church found itself embroiled in a long and tedious
battle, the outcome of which would determine whether we would even
have a building in which to worship.
Just as the darkness precedes the dawn, so this great trial of afflictions
preceded the dawning of a new day—the Mt. Olive Apostolic
Original Holy Church of God emerged, an independently incorporated
organization with Dr. Bostic at the helm as Chief Executive Officer.
With this spiritual emancipation, we were ready to move forward
into greater areas of ministry: acquisition and renovation of a
9-unit apartment complex at 631 Hamilton Avenue, now known as the
Mt. Olive Arms, and expansion of our circle of fellowship through
a National Crusade which spanned the continental United States.
Through the leading of God and the vision of our Pastor, we “spread
wings” and soared, both naturally and spiritually. Our National
Crusade and the friendships they created became the nucleus of the
Apostolic Original Holy Church of God, a national organization with
over 20 affiliate congregations.
In October 1991, the spirit of God moved upon Dr. Bostic just as
it had so many times in the past. This time the leading was to a
task greater than any before it—the major expansion of our
facilities here at 605 Hamilton Avenue. The renovation would include
almost 16,000 square feet Like all of the previous endeavors, it
was not to come without a fight. The renovation started in October,
1991. By July, 1992, the edifice was completed.
God has been blessing us richly ever since. We have acquired mountain
property in the Sierra Foothills near Oroville, California. We plan
to one day have a fully facilitated mountain retreat for church
groups and recovering drug and alcohol offenders. We are rejoicing
because of what the Lord has done. And we can say: