Dr. Dennis Atwood

Senior Pastor

Dr. Atwood has served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Mount Olive since 2003. He has also served churches in Missouri, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He received his B.A. from Mississippi College, Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Atwood has also completed post-doctoral studies at Duke University Divinity School.

He has had numerous articles and sermons published. Dennis is the author of two books: Words That Shape and Form: A 40 Day Journey in Spiritual Formation, 2008, and Deep Faith: Invitation to a Deeply Rooted Life, 2014. He has also served as Adjunct Instructor of Religion at the University of Mount Olive. He is married to Ann and they have three young adult sons. He enjoys playing golf, hunting, Duke basketball, and helping people connect with God and one another. Check out the Pastor’s blog.


Darren Myers

Ministry Intern

Darren was added to the First Baptist Church staff in January 2022. He is a student at University of Mount Olive. Darren is majoring in Christian studies. Once he has achieved his masters in divinity, he will be pursue chaplaincy.

Darren’s roles for the church include dealing with technology, Office work, and ministering to the Youth.

Janet Rose

Director of Music/Organist  

James Giles