“We must return to Holy Ground,” that’s what Ro Wright spoke to the members at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Greenwood, LA. “We have allowed the sacredness of our History to be tainted with lies and fallacies. The things which were always Holy to our community aren’t Holy anymore,” he continued. “We must reclaim what the enemy has stolen from us.”
Pastor Marcus Ellison welcomed Author Ro Wright to Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Greenwood, LA. while Wright was in town speaking at several events commemorating the legacy of African-Americans in America. “I’ve been knowing Ro for a very long time and I am glad the timing was perfect to get him here to bless our congregation,” said Pastor Ellison.
Greenwood, LA is a suburb of Shreveport, LA. Years before Pastor Ellison and his wife were installed as the church’s leaders, Ro and his wife, Sandria, were actually members of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. “I haven’t lived in this area in years but many of you may remember this is the church where I rededicated my life to Christ over 17 years ago,” said Ro. Many of the members of the church remembered and were glad to see him. “My wife and I had our first date here 17 years ago and she shouted on me in the church. The ushers had to come tend to her and I was embarrassed the whole time,” he joked and the crowd laughed.
Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church has experienced major growth over the past decade transitioning from a small rural church facility to a brand new state of the art facility just up the road from their original location. The older church building is now being used as a Food Pantry and an Outreach Center for the community. The new facility includes a massive sanctuary, extedned classrooms, first class sound and lights, and expanded parking. It is truly a sight to behold and the church is experiencing rapid growth.
“Being a Pastor is not just about preaching a sermon on Sunday mornings. It’s about focusing on the lives of the parishioners God has called you to oversee,” said Ellison. “We have a great team of leaders here who help make my job much easier,” he added.
Pastor Ellison invited Ro to speak a year ago to a Christian Leadership Conference where he spoke on the importance of “Technology In The African-American Church”. The class was so well received that Ellison and Ro both worked to connect again but due to scheduling conflicts the opportunity was never manageable. “The timing was perfect and I am glad we were able to make it happen while he was in our city,” said Pastor Ellison. “Ro has a unique gift to reach an overlooked audience that the church just simply must do everything we can to reach.”
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