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Gethsemane Garden Baptist Church
Overseer Earlean Oliver
Pastor Earlean Oliver is the daughter of the late Mose and Alice Lowry. She was born in Blackville, South Carolina where she attended Mount Zion Baptist Church. She later moved to Charleston, South Carolina; to reside with an older sister where she attended the Ground and Pillar Holiness Church. While living in Charleston, she met and married the love of her life, Jacob Oliver. From this union they have
two daughters, Elizabeth and Fernesta, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Pastor Oliver moved to New York where she attended Grace Beauty School and thereafter completed the necessary requirements to obtain her High School diploma. She also joined Little Mt. Zion Baptist Church
and remained a member there for twenty years. She then went on to join Brooklyn Tabernacle Deliverance
Center. To fulfill her quest for more spiritual knowledge, in 1982 she enrolled as a student at the Community Bible Institute in which she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Theology.
Pastor Oliver then joined Gethsemane Garden Baptist Church under the guidance of the late
Pastor Gregory L. Pristell. Upon the resignation of the late Pastor Pristell on December 5, 1998,
Pastor Oliver was installed as the first Female Pastor of the Gethsemane Garden Baptist Church by
the late Rev. Charles Mixon, Pastor of the Maranatha Baptist Church, Queens, NY.
During her tenure, Pastor Oliver has licensed two Ministers, ordained six Evangelists, nine Deacons and
two Deaconesses. She continues to maintain her title as a Great Women of God who “spiritual service and purpose is winning souls.
Overseer & Deacon Jacob Oliver
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