The History of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

  • In 1977, Pastor Walter Harms persuaded a group of members at Bethany who live near Oak Hill to begin meeting in the Oak Hill area to establish an Oak Hill mission.
  • The congregation was started under the auspices of the Texas District-Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and Bethany Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas.
  • Until January 1986 Mt. Olive was subsidized as a mission congregation by the Texas District.
  • Their first meeting was on September 25, 1977 at the Oak Hill School Cafetorium. 53 people attended that service which was led by Pastor Harms.
  • Mount Olive was selected as the official name on October 30, 1977.
  • Charter Sunday was January 8, 1978.
  • The first called pastor to serve Mt. Olive was the Rev. D.R. Nelson, Jr. who was installed on May 21, 1978.
  • The first worship service held in the new sanctuary at 7416 Hwy. 71 W was in October, 1979.
  • In July 1980 Pastor Nelson accepted at call to a church in Texarkana. The Rev. Everett Gerdes then served Mt. Olive until 1983.
  • The present pastor, the Rev. Paul E. Meyer, was installed into office at Mt. Olive on October 23, 1983.
  • The new Education Building was dedicated on November 21, 1992 and a full time pre-school began in April 1995.
  • The current sanctuary was dedicated on January 30, 2005.

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10408 Hwy 290 West
Austin, Texas 78736
(512) 288-2370

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