MEET OUR PASTOR
Rev. Horace Sanders, Jr. is a Bronx native, the only male-child of four children born to the late Brother Horace Sanders Sr. and Sister Willie Mae Williams. Rev. Sanders was reared in Ridgeland, South Carolina and returned to New York in February 1990.
In search of something more meaningful in life, he began to attend church and grew closer to God. Rev. Sanders was called to preach God’s Word and was licensed to preach the Gospel in August 1994 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bronx, NY. Rev. Sanders was also a disciple of the St. Luke Baptist Church in Harlem, NY where the Rev. Dr. J.G. McCann, Sr. is the Senior Pastor and his Spiritual Father in the ministry. Rev. Sanders was ordained in May 2006 and thereafter was called to the Pastoral Leadership of the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church in Peekskill, NY. Rev Sanders has since relocated to the Capital District area and united with the Mt. Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, Schenectady, NY and continues to serve in ministry as Senior Pastor preaching and teaching to the Glory of God.
Rev. Sanders majored in Religious Studies and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in January 2002 from The College of New Rochelle at the New York Theological Seminary Campus. Rev. Sanders also graduated in October 2008 with his Masters of Divinity Degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.
Serving Mt. Olivet for the past nine years, Rev. Sanders instituted several ministries that have provided the disciples several opportunities to serve to the Glory of God. Additionally, Rev. Sanders is one that possesses a strong desire to teach the people of God because our people perish for a lack of knowledge. For this reason, there are several teaching settings that are offered in order for the discipleship to grow spiritually in the Word of God. This has proven to be beneficial for the Body of Christ as they learn more about God’s Word; they have been able to operate more efficiently in fulfilling the Kingdom Agenda in “Perfecting Unity.” The Mt. Olivet Church has been truly blessed by this phenomenal, prophetic Pastor/Teacher.
Rev. Sanders is a proud member of the collegiate and professional fraternity called Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. His fraternity serves worldwide with a motto of "Culture For Service and Service For Humanity."
In other previous endeavors, Rev Sanders served as the Chief Executive Officer of Heavenlymind Ministries and the Chief Diversity Officer if Schenectady Inner City Ministry.
Rev. Sanders is truly a Man of God that strives for excellence in preaching and teaching the Word of God. God has also gifted him with a beautiful harmonious voice where the gift of singing has touched many lives to consider Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Rev. Sanders believes that God is Sovereign and his favorite scripture is: “I’m convinced that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it through to completion on the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6