Senath First Assembly of God

Pastor Rich and Kay Oliver







  Pastor Rich and Kay Oliver

  Installation of Pastor Rich & Kay by Dist. Supt. Don Miller




Rich Oliver became pastor at First Assembly of God on December 6, 2015 and was formally installed on February 21, 2016.  He came to Senath from Michigan   where he had pastored three churches over the past 26 years, most recently for over 13 years in Reese, MI.  Before that he ministered in Indiana.

He married Kay (Sorbo) in 1974.  Kay was born and raised in India where her parents were Assemblies of God missionaries.  She is a graduate of Evangel University.  They have two sons.  Rick is married to Cathy, has two children (Drew and Katie), and is the librarian at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO.  Dr. Matt (PhD) is married to Natalie, has a daughter (Lucy) and another on the way, and is an English professor at Campbellsville University in Kentucky.

Pastor Rich graduated from Purdue University where he studied math and physics.  For thirteen years before coming to Senath, he was an adjunct instructor in Math at Saginaw Valley State University.  He earned his Master's Degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.  During his previous pastorate he also served on the village council in Reese, Michigan, and frequently appeared on "Ask the Pastor" on the TCT network.

 Birthday for Day Oliver

Importance of Attending Christian Colleges

Just how important is it for Christian youth to attend one of the 19 endorsed Assemblies of God colleges and universities? Consider the following statistics. A report on the affect of secular institutions on evangelical students reveals that at least half and possibly as many as two-thirds will leave the faith while attending a secular college or university. In contrast, those lost to the faith while attending an evangelical school is at 5 percent. This is according to research reported in the March 2006 issue of Christianity Today, (p.80f) by Dr. Steve Henderson, president of Christian Consulting for Colleges and Ministries.

"These are our children. They have learned in our Sunday schools and children's churches, knelt at our altars, worked to give for BGMC and Speed the Light, and participated in our youth camps and conventions. But they are falling away from the faith once they leave home and enter a hostile-to-the-faith college and university atmosphere."

                                      Dr. George Wood, General Superintendent

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