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The Mount Olive Baptist Church of Amherst, Virginia was established August 28, 1899 when a faithful group of Christians desired to establish a church in the center of the Town of Amherst.  Harrison P. Goode was ordained and called as the first pastor.  The officials and members of the young church thought it befitting to call one of their own “sons” who had the well-being and success of the newly formed church at heart.


The people and ministries of the church have thrived and grown under the leadership and pastoral care of seven pastors.  Kelvin R. Brown a “son” of the church was called and ordained in April of 2004.  He is the current pastor and only the seventh to serve in the 115-year history of the church.


The church recently gave birth to a number of new ministries to include a Men’s Chorus and Children’s Choir.  The church has undergone two major building expansions in recent years to accommodate the growth of its congregation and ministries; including a fellowship hall, baptismal pool, classrooms, kitchen and other improvements. These blessings have come by the grace of God and only for His glory will the church continue to progress forward.



Kelvin R Brown was born and raised in Amherst, Virginia.  Reverend Brown was licensed into the Gospel Ministry by Reverend John I. Austin on October 11, 1998, and served as an Associate Minister of the Mount Olive Baptist Church until 2003. Reverend Brown graduated from the Amherst County Bible Institute in 2001 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Religion from Liberty University in 2013. Reverend Brown was elected as Pastor in April 2004, and serves as Senior Pastor of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. 

Pastor Brown is a devoted family man.  He is married to Francine Brown and is the father of three sons, Andre’, Derrick and Kyle. Pastor Brown served the citizens of the Town of Amherst for over 33 years as a law enforcement officer with the Amherst Police Department, and retired as Chief of Police on September 1, 2014. 

Pastor Brown loves the LORD, loves people and is passionate about the Will, the Work and the Word of God.

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