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Located in the small Southern town of McConnells, South Carolina, Olivet Presbyterian Church has been a beloved part of this rural community for more than 170 years.  God has richly blessed the congregation through the decades.  Today the church has 171 communing members on its roll.  Each Sunday Olivet is filled with worshipers of all ages, giving glory to God for His goodness and love.


Our Pastor 


Pastor John M. "Chip" McArthur

Chip McArthur has been Olivet’s pastor since 1992. He and his wife Donna are both natives of Jackson, Mississippi and in fact, grew up in the same church there. They married in 1979. Chip is a graduate of Belhaven College and Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. Prior to coming to Olivet, he served churches in Clayton, AL and Magee, MS. Donna is a retired educator . The McArthurs have two grown children: Webb, who along with his wife Whitney and son Thatcher, lives in Washington, DC, and Katie, who along with her husband Tim Blumenstein and their children Owen, Harper, and Jude, lives in Charlotte, NC.

Church Leadership

The Session

Christopher W. Arnold                               Roy G. Clinton, Emeritus                        David R. Currence, Emeritus

Jeffery E. Fairfax, Emeritus                               Daniel H. Harshaw                           James M. Hawley, Emeritus  Robert B. Mendenhall                           John M. McArthur, Jr. Moderato                                Michael A. Nance Jason M. Petty                                         Richard B. Summerville, Jr.                    W. Lee Summerville, Jr., Clerk     

The Diaconate

Brian J. Carlisle, Widows and Shut-ins   Brent M. Christenberry, Buildings and Grounds                James R. Clinton S. Douglas Cobb, Jr., Emeritus                       Lee K. Guempel, Safety                     Malcolm Harshaw, Treasurer John F. Hawley, Chairman                                   Don L. Johnson                                           David W. Kelley

Michael A. Laws, Secretary                          Larry M. Plyler, Emeritus

The Women in the Church

Sandra Currence, President/Circle 1       Kathy Fairfax, Nursery/Children's Church               Susan Petty, Secretary

Susan Harshaw, Historian                       Marsha Plyler, Pastor's Aide/Treasurer            Donna McArthur, Missions

Frankie Guempel, Chair-Circle 2     

                                Ministry Committees, 2021
Discipleship Ministries Committee

Class of 2021                                  Daniel Harshaw, Chairman (2022)                                  Brian Carlisle

Class of 2022                                  Bryce Laws                                                            Megan Covington

Class of 2023                                  Chris Arnold (2024)                                                    Brenda Nance

Advisory Member                                  John Franklin

Missions Committee

Class of 2021                                  *Rick Summerville, Chairman (2022)                               Ellen Walyus

Class of 2022                                  Dennis Krueger                                                        Donna McArthur

Class of 2023                                  Bobby Mendenhall (2024)                                               Susan Petty

Witness Committee

Class of 2021                                  *Jason Petty, Chairman (2022)                                         Ann Hawley

Class of 2022                                  David Currence                                                      Brent Christenberry

Class of 2023                                  Michael Nance (2024)                                                    Laura Frame

Church History

Olivet member Mrs. Mary Wells wrote a wonderful history of our church in 1986.  Click here to read her work.


Important dates from Olivet's history:

Olivet Presbyterian Church was founded by Rev. Robert Young Russell on September 17, 1842 as a part of the old Independent Presbyterian Church.


The first church was a small wooden building situated about three miles west of McConnells on what is now Highway 322. Mr. Thomas Burris, a member of the church, made the pews which are still in use today.


The old church building was abandoned and worship began in the present building on September 19, 1886. Accounts read that “the new brick church is in the town of McConnellsville not far from the railroad. It is of Gothic style and is beautified with shrubbery, green lawns, and cement walks.”

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