History and Founding Pastor

The Mt. Olivet Apostolic Faith Church was founded in September 1960 by a group of Christians, baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost. The group elected the Rev. Beatrice Diana Bostic to serve as its Pastor.

The Church became affiliated to the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World and located to 201 Franklin Avenue in the City of Mt. Vernon.

 

In 1970 the Church under the leadership of Pastor Beatrice Bostic, purchased  three (3) apartment  buildings at 159 - 161 South 11th Avenue, and 143 West Third Street, Mt. Vernon where it renovated the lower floor for the Sanctuary, numbering it 163 South 11th Avenue, with a seating capacity of 80. The 22 two-bedroom apartments were renovated, providing low income housing. In its pursuit for community involvement the church has also provided summer camps and food pantry programs.

The Mt. Olivet Church has been cited for its contribution to the City of Mt. Vernon by the President of the United States, The Governor of the state of New York, Mayors and City Council of Mt. Vernon.

 

In 1998, after 38 years of service, the Rev. Beatrice Bostic retired and the mantle fell upon Rev. Errol O’Savio who continues to lead the parish in an upward spiritual direction. Starting in 1999 the church embarked on an expansion project in which a dining room, office space and several Sunday school rooms were added.  In 2002, the church paid off  its mortgage at the 11th Avenue location, and purchased the ‘St Francis Assisi Church building’ at West Seventh street and 10th Avenue, Mt. Vernon (mortgage free) as its new place of worship. This larger facility accommodates over 500 people while it’s over 22,000 sq. ft of land provides parking and space for development. Phase 1 of the project is the renovation of the sanctuary and parking lot. Phase 2 is to build office space, dining room, class rooms and a senior citizen complex.

 

In 2010 the city council upon request of the Trustees Board and members renamed South 10th Avenue, between Kingsbridge Avenue and West Seventh Street, the Rev. Beatrice Bostic Way.

 

The Lord continues to add to the church.

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