"For every house is built by some man; but he that built all things is God." (Hebrews 3:3)
After the disbandment of Old Ashbury's Negro Congregation in 1858, the blacks held their worship services in private homes. Then in 1874, at the home of Charles Potts on North main st. under the leadership of a young Civil War veteran, J. W. Brown, they decided to reform a new congregation and build a church of their own. During 1876 this structure was built at the corner of North and East street. The lumber for the frame structure had been cut the year before from the trees in the Smyrna area and allowed to air dry. The Lumber was processed at a local sawmill, foundation bricks were donated and wooden roof shingles secured.
Centennial congregation worshiped in this building until 1918. After their departure the site was purchased by St. Jon's No 7. A.F. & A. M. Price Hall affiliate. The lodge turned the building into a two-story structure by enclosing the space between the balconies. During the great depression in the 1930's, the lodge was unable to maintain the building, and rented it to another group of blacks for worship.
Bishop Ida Robinson then introduced Holiness to the community of Smyrna. This was a new experience for this small community. Little Mt. Olive Holiness Church was established in 1930, and Elder Ancle Manns was installed as its first pastor. He was a man of vision, courage and spiritual forthrightness. During his ministry many of the residents of Smyrna and the surrounding communities experienced the beauty of Holiness. For thirty-one years Elder Manns along with his faithful wife guided and pastured the flock. One of the early conventions of Mt. Sinai was held in Smyrna with little Mt. Olive as host. Due to age and illness, Elder Manns officially gave up pastoring Little Mt. Olive in 1961.
"That they may rest from their labours and their works do follow them." (Revelations 14:13)
Because of numerous circumstances, Little Mt. Olive had reached an ebb. Its membership had dwindled and spirits were very low. In October 1961, Bishop Mary E. Jackson saw the need and installed Elder Josephine Jones as the new pastor of Little Mt. Olive. At a time the membership had reached it's lowest, with two members, Deacon Arnold Butcher and Deacon James Wayman.
Things were not easy during Elder Jone's Early years at little Mt. Olive, much had to be accomplished. God gave Elder Jones a great vision for the church and with his help many achievements have been realized. From the very beginning, she established prayer as the basic tool for her work. "If my people, which are called by name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked way: then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (II Chronicles 7:14). The membership again increased and the church was once again a beacon in the community of Smyrna.
Many improvements were made in the church edifice and a new program implemented. Among the many improvements are the following: new organ, piano, drum set, carpet, pews, windows, ceiling, air conditioners, outside doors, exterior siding, roof, pulpit set, a pastor's study, choir room, dinning room furniture, appliances for the kitchen, and others.
Our Sunday School was under Deacon Butcher's leadership for three generations. Many of the people in Smyrna have sat under his teaching sometime during their childhood. Vacation Bible School became a part of the church programs in 1970. Each summer it has became an awaited event for the youth.
After the passing of Bishop Jones, Elder William. Arnold Butcher was appointed pastor. As age and health became an issue, Bishop Grace Ruth Batten became pastor. She Pastored until Elder Constance R. Beach was appointed. On Saturday, January 14, 2006 Elder Constance R. Beach was installed as Pastor of Mt. Olive Pentecostal Church. "God has truly blessed and empowered Pastor Beach to head a rising army of frontline saints for this hour."
"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord and to sing praises unto thy name O most High: For thou, Lord hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O, Lord, how great are thy works."
(Psalms 92: 1,4,5)