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Rev. Dr. Michael A. Sanders is the 18th Pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. He has been called to “Preach, heal and lead God’s people to salvation.” His life’s mission is to treat the people’s needs as holy; give a voice to voiceless; and minister to the hurts and hopes of God’s people. The church’s vision is to be a Christian Community within the community that transforms the community. Since becoming Pastor on September 26, 2011, Mt. Olive has experienced solid growth, spiritually and numerically.

Pastor Sanders is active in the community. He is an attorney, has served as an Adjunct Professor for Urban Ministry at the Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond, Virginia, City-Wide Coordinator for the Faith Leaders Initiative of Richmond, Virginia, and Biblical Teacher for Richmond City Jail. He previously served as the Executive Director for Beating the Odds Independent Living Academy, an organization that prepares foster care youth for independent living.

As a scholar-athlete, he received a full-four year football scholarship to the University of Rhode Island as a running back where he earned his BA degree in Political Science and Speech Communications. He received his law degree from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC; his Masters of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University of Richmond, Virginia; and his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2008.

Pastor Sanders has lived, traveled and worked throughout the United States and abroad. On November 29, 2017, he will celebrate 21 years of marital bliss to Andrea “Aj” Sanders, a skilled professional coach and facilitator for business executives and senior managers. They have two daughters, Melissa, Tiffany, 3 grandchildren and over 22 young people call them mom and dad. Pastor Sanders enjoys preaching, traveling, music, photography, empowering God’s people, and spending time with family and close friends.

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