Minister of Special Projects
Rev. Linda B. Oliver was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA to Tom and Rev. Katherine Jones. She was licensed to preach the gospel in June of 1999. Rev. Oliver is a staff pastor at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church and is blessed to serve as the Minister of Special Projects and the Good Samaritan Volunteer Ministry.
Implemented by Rev. Oliver, the Special Projects Ministry is structured to unify all the ministries of the church and to serve as spiritual leadership for community and church events, including revivals, conferences, retreats and any special community related gatherings. Currently under development, Rev. Oliver is designing the Good Samaritan Volunteer Ministry to offer assistance to members who are experiencing financial hardship, through professional businesses and laymen who are willing to serve the body of Christ with their talents and gifts. The ministry will sow a seed back into each business by marketing them on the Mt. Ararat website as well as providing referrals to promote prosperity.
Rev. Oliver attended the University of Pittsburgh and has been trained, licensed and ordained under the tutelage of Rev. Dr. William H. Curtis. She has been chosen to fulfill a leadership role in a collaborative Initiative between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Mt. Ararat Baptist Church to counsel and teach techniques in grief counseling to ministries throughout the Pittsburgh area.
It is the prayer of Rev. Oliver to touch many lives with the love of Christ through preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus. Since her arrival at Mt. Ararat in 1998, Rev. Oliver has made a tremendous impact on the success of the Women’s Ministry. As a spiritual leader over the women’s ministry, she organizes Pittsburgh’s largest women’s conferences, which has touched the lives of thousands of women in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. Outside of her priestly duties at Mt. Ararat, Rev. Oliver has also been invited on various occasions to speak for special events and workshops and has consulted with other organizations to implement retreats, programs and seminars.
Rev. Oliver proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ with the power of the Holy Spirit and will go to whomever and wherever God will send her. She is known as a “prayer warrior” and an awesome anointed woman of God. She lives her life as an example of a Godly woman and follows the words of Jesus, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
Being thankful for all things, Rev. Oliver embraces the blessings of marriage, motherhood and grandparenting. She and her husband, Darryl Charles Oliver are the proud parents of Daryl II and Marcus, and grandparents of Desiree Chantel Oliver and Jayla Marie Oliver.