About Mount Olive
Mount Olive is a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod(LCMS), which was formed in 1847. Mount Olive, the first LCMS church in the state of South Carolina, celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2008.
Mount Olive is a confessional Lutheran church that affirms the BOOK OF CONCORD (1580) to be faithful and true interpretations of the Holy Scriptures, the sole source and norm of all Christian teaching.
Our church is as committed to Christian education, outreach and evangelism, as it is to worshiping the Triune God with the traditional liturgy of the Church. We hold true and respond to the love of the Triune God:
- The Father, creator of all that exists
- Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan
- The Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments
These Three Distinct Persons of the Holy Trinity are co-equal and co-eternal, yet only one God.
GRACE, FAITH, AND SCRIPTURE
We affirm the threefold emphasis of the Lutheran Reformation: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone:
Grace alone: God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
Faith alone: By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
Scripture alone: The Bible is the inspired Word of God (II Timothy 3:16), in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER
Martin Luther lived in the 1500’s and is known as the “Father of the Reformation.” He was a pastor who helped change to the Church to focus its attention on Jesus and His saving grace and love for us. During Luther’s time, the Bible and worship were conducted in Latin, but he wanted all people to have these in their own languages so they could read God’s Word for themselves. He was not trying to create a new church, but to reform the existing Church into what Christ envisioned it to be. The reforms of Martin Luther helped shape today’s Church.
ABOUT THE CHURCH YEAR
The Church is now in the Season of Epiphany. The word epiphany comes from the word for “manifestation” or “appearance”. Epiphany begins with the appearance of Jesus to the Magi. Read more by clicking on the LCMS blog, Breaking Down the Church Year.
About Pastor Carl A. Voges
Pastor Carl A. Voges came to Mount Olive as the vacancy pastor in October 2018. He is a familiar face at Mount Olive and has preached the Word and administered the Sacrament many times in recent years.
Pastor Voges grew up in Michigan, graduating from Valparaiso University, IN, and Concordia Theological Seminary, IL. While serving St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Englishtown, NJ, he earned a Th.M. degree in New Testament Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1978 he accepted the call to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbia, SC, and retired from the ministry there in 2006.
He and his wife, Joan, have three daughters and six grandchildren.
About Pastor Brad H. Boyer
Chaplain Brad H. Boyer is Mount Olive’s assistant vacancy pastor. He is a 2003 graduate of Concordia University, St. Louis Missouri. Chaplain Boyer, a native of Alaska, is posted at Fort Jackson for the Chaplain Captain Career Course through June. Upon completion, he and his family will proceed to his next post at Fort Richardson, Alaska.
Chaplain Boyer is a third-generation LCMS pastor and served 10 years as a pastor in Nebraska before becoming an active duty Army chaplain. He is married to Chie nee Kohara and they have been blessed with three children.