DENISON — Mount Olive Baptist church, located at 1131 S. Scullin Avenue in Denison, will be having its 127th church anniversary homecoming celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday with Keith Taylor of Southside Baptist Church as the guest speaker.

DENISON — Mount Olive Baptist church, located at 1131 S. Scullin Avenue in Denison, will be having its 127th church anniversary homecoming celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday with Keith Taylor of Southside Baptist Church as the guest speaker.


Mount Olive Baptist Church was first organized by the late Rev. John Grant, a bush arbor, on the McDade Farm in 1888. Grant became the first pastor of the newly organized church. During his pastorage the church moved into a house on the 300 block of East Nelson St. From there, the church moved to the west side of Travis Avenue and Monterey Street where Mt. Olive built their first building. This building was later moved to the east side of Travis and Monterey and a new addition was built.


In 1940, under the leadership of the Rev. W. O. Bell, land was purchased at Travis and Day; open-air meetings were held until the church building was moved and remodeled. About 15 years later, the old building was torn down and a new building was erected at the same location, 401 E. Day Street.


Rev. Alton E. Blakely accepted the position as pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church on Dec. 9, 2012, and on April 12, 2013 he was installed. Then in August of 2013 the Old Southside Baptist Church located at 1131 S. Scullin Ave. in Denison was purchased by Mount Olive Baptist Church. The latest additions, purchased in June of 2014, were the gym and house located on Texas street in Denison.


The theme for Sunday is "The Church Jesus Built" based on Matthew 7:16, 18, 19.