The 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 day.
On July 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:
“The Lord hath done great things for
us, whereof we are glad.” Psalm 126:3
a woman pastor in the early 1960s, Dr. Bostic blazed the trail for
many women religious leaders. She endured many hardships in order
to establish the Mt. Olive Apostolic Original Holy Church of God
in Menlo Park, California in July of 1963. The church has enjoyed
almost forty years of prosperity under her God-ordained leadership.
The facility now spans an entire block and includes a 400-person
auditorium, dining area, classrooms, a library, audiovisual studio,
conference room, offices, and a computer laboratory. In addition
to her duties as local pastor, Dr. Bostic also oversees an organization
of churches with affiliate congregations across the nation. Her
radio ministry spans twelve states. The “Time of Enlightenment”
television program, produced and directed by the Mt Olive A.O.H.
Church, features informative Bible lessons which are aired on local
cable stations. Her ministry is not limited to the preached and
taught word, however. She is also an author. Her published works
include “The Allegories of the Devil’s Masterpiece”,
“Women’s Equal Rights from a Biblical Perspective”,
and “The Children’s Church Manual”. As a national
evangelist, Dr. Bostic has a unique ministry of organizational reconciliation.
A primary focus of Dr. Bostic’s efforts in the community has
been crime and drug abuse prevention. In 1968, she founded the first
community-based crime prevention center. The Crime Prevention Narcotics
Drugs Educational Center (CPNDEC) was a pioneering work which served
as the prototype for many such programs across the nation. Her commitment
to community improvement is highlighted in the CPNDEC Annual March
Against Crime which she has led through the streets of Menlo Park
on the first Saturday of May for almost the last 30 years.
Dr. Bostic has a long-standing commitment to the abatement of homelessness.
The church owns real estate both in Menlo Park and Oroville, California.
The former houses an 8-unit apartment complex which provides affordable
and quality housing. The Mt. Olive Care Program currently provides
daily meals, clothing and shower facilities for those in need. Dr.
Bostic’s efforts are well-recognized. Her accolades include
the Concerned Citizens’ Award for Community Service, 1970;
Outstanding Pastor of the Year by the Apostolic Overcoming Holy
Church of God, 1977; Image Builder Award from the College Bounders
Committee, Oakland, CA, 1983; Outstanding Christian Service Award,
PWF Ministries, 1989; and Inductee into the Women’s Hall of
Fame for San Mateo County, 1992.