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Rev. Dr. Michael A. Sanders is the 18th Pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. 

Since September 26, 2011, Pastor Sanders has been privileged and honored to serve as Pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Richmond, VA. 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 Lord’s vision for Mt. Olive is to be a “Christian community within the community that transforms the community.” One church ministering to four generations. Spreading the gospel, building up the saints and glorifying the Lord!

Pastor Sanders ran from his call to pastor for 30 years. After a Damascus Road experience on January 12, 2000, he accepted his call and was licensed to preach the gospel at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD on June 17, 2000. He was ordained at Queen Street Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA on December 14, 2002. He has preached, taught and served in various capacities for large, medium-sized and small churches in the U.S. and in Africa, as an Associate Pastor for Public Ministry, Associate Minister, teacher, facilitator, and consultant. 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.

Pastor Sanders is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. 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, 2019, he will celebrate 23 years of marital bliss to Andrea “Aj” Sanders, a skilled Executive Coach & Facilitator for healthcare & business organizations. They have two daughters, Melissa and 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.

Pastor Sanders humbly and gratefully thank God for all his blessings! He knows and believes the best is yet to come for Mt. Olive Baptist Church. All praise, hone and glory to God Almighty! 

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