New to Olive?

New Members Class

Are you looking for a church home? Have you been visiting and thinking about joining Olive? Are you a new member to the Olive family? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, this class is designed specifically for you! This monthly class is a one-time session that gives you information about our church, its structure and our strategy to reach the world for Christ. The class, led by Fred Witty, will end with a tour of the facility. Join us the first Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:00pm at the guest welcome center in the main foyer..

For more information, contact Cindy Weatherall at 850.475.1128 or

We are happy to have you visit with us at Olive. We want to encourage you, challenge you to be more like Jesus Christ, and help you find a place to serve our great God.

We want you to feel as comfortable as possible should you come and visit with us. Below is a list of common questions those unfamiliar with Olive usually ask. If you're still unsure about anything, please feel free to call us at 850.476.1932 with your questions.


When are your services?

On Sundays, we have morning worship at 9:30 and 11:00am and evening worship at 5:30pm.

What are your services like?

Common elements of our worship gatherings include a large choral/orchestral number, baptism, congregational singing, a testimony video, and perhaps a musical solo, followed by a message from Pastor Traylor.

Olive seems like such a large church.
How can I connect with people like me?

We've found the key to meaningful relationships and spiritual growth is in small groups. On Sundays we gather in Connection Groups that meet at 8:00 or 9:30am. Find a group that fits you and get involved!

What should I wear?

Church attendees' clothing varies from jeans to suits. Feel free to come dressed anywhere in between.

Where are you located?

Olive is located at the corner of Olive Road and Davis Highway just north of Interstate-10 at exit 13.

You can use the map below to help find us, or you can get directions.

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Where do I go the first time I visit Olive?

There are welcome stations in both the main foyer area of the Worship Center and in the Simmons Building (children's building). There will be people there who will be happy to help you find where you need to go.

Where should I park?

There is parking for first time guests in the small shaded parking lot on the north end of the complex between the Simmons Building and University Parkway. There will be a greeter there to help you find your way.

Is there handicap parking?

Handicap parking is provided in two areas: on the Davis Highway side in front of the ROC and on the Northwest side of the complex next to the Simmons Building and the Worship Center.

Where is the main entrance?

There are actually 14 entrances through which to enter the complex on Sundays, so the main entrance is really the one that is the most convenient for you to enter through. For security reasons during weekday operations we keep only three entrances open: the two covered drop off areas and the ROC entrance.

Where do I take my children or teenager on Sunday?

At 8:00 and 9:30am children (birth through 5th grade) meet for classes in the Simmons Building. Middle school classes meet in Rousseau Hall and most high school students meet in Passmore Hall. Worship Care (at 9:30 and 11:00am) is provided for children K5 and younger, but older children are expected to join their parents for worship.

Will someone contact me if I come to church there?

If you are a guest at our church and fill out a guest registration card, we will contact you to let you know we appreciated your visit and to see if you have any questions that we could help you with. Most of our contact times will be on Monday evenings.

What does it mean to be a “member” of Olive?

To become a member of Olive is to identify with the church and to express an intent to support the church through service and giving. In Scripture we see where believers were identified with various churches – this meant they worked in and supported that church. If you are a believer, then you are already a part of THE CHURCH, which is the body of Christ comprised of all believers. However, it is beneficial to your personal growth as a believer to join a local church. And it is beneficial to the growth of the local church as you give of yourself and your resources.

How do I become a member of Olive?

Once you have discerned that God is leading you to join our fellowship, you will be given an opportunity to join our church at the end of each Sunday service. You can come to the pastor or one of the pastoral staff members to tell them your decision. Then you will be introduced to an Encourager, who will talk to you in more detail.

There are basically four ways you can join Olive as a member:

  1. By becoming a Christian.
    Many people join our church this way when they come to understand their need for Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. Through this process they have come to understand that they are sinful and Jesus loves them, wants to forgive them, and wants to change them into a new person. Once they have believed on Christ for salvation then they must be baptized to become a member. (See: What is baptism and why or how does it apply to me?)
  2. By baptism.
    This could apply to several groups of people. You may have been a believer for quite some time, but you have never been baptized. Or you may be coming from a church that either sprinkled you as a child or taught that baptism was essential for salvation. In any of these cases we ask that you be baptized either for the first time or again in some cases in order to become a member.
  3. By letter.
    Whenever you join a Southern Baptist church, we keep a record of your membership. This record is called your “letter.”  So when you move your membership from one Southern Baptist church to another then you move or transfer your letter. When you come to join Olive you will need to tell us what Southern Baptist church you are coming from and then we will contact that church and let them know that you have joined our fellowship.
  4. By statement. You may not be coming from another Southern Baptist church but, if you have been saved and baptized and you are coming from another evangelical church that believes similar to Olive in doctrine and practices baptism in the same manner, then you will be accepted as a member upon your statement of salvation and baptism. You will not be required to be baptized again.

What is baptism and why or how does it apply to me?

Baptism is a command that the Lord Jesus gave to His followers. In fact this was the first thing He did at the beginning of His ministry on Earth. We require this because we believe the Bible is very clear about baptism being for all believers. We see in Scripture where baptism is only for believers and not for children or infants who have yet to accept Christ as Lord and Savior. Finally, we see baptism as being symbolic and not something that is essential for one's salvation. We do believe that if a believer has not been baptized then he or she will not experience God's full measure of blessings because they have yet to follow the very first command that Jesus gave us to follow.

Why does Olive baptize by placing someone completely under the water (immersion)?

There are several reasons why we do this:

  • Every baptism in Scripture (including Jesus) was by immersion.
  • It best symbolizes Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection.
  • The Greek word for baptize means “to immerse or dip under water.”

We are in the military and will only be here for a short time – should we still join?

Yes. We have found that individuals or families who are here for only a few months and still join are much more involved than those who don't. This also helps them to more easily find and get involved in a church at their next duty station.

If I am not a member can I still attend?

Yes. You can participate in many aspects of the body life of the church, but you will not be allowed to be in leadership or to participate in the church business sessions. Incidentally, we have found that those who are not members are less likely to be fully involved in the church and tend to not grow as fast spiritually as those who become members.

How do I listen to the pastor's messages and what's available?

You will find Pastor's sermons online freely available for you to download.

From which translation of Scripture does Dr. Traylor preach?

Dr. Traylor uses the New American Standard Bible (NASB). However, he uses many other translations to study and prepare his messages.