Welcome, from Pastor Eileen Thomas

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior!


Let us never go astray from God's word--He is life and His word will help us live according to His will for us! In 1 John 5, we learn that we are overcomers. We must first overcome our mind--what you might think of as street gospel. What have to make sure we are living according to God's word and not just what we have heard from others. It is important that we align our thoughts with God's thoughts. We also have to overcome what people think of us--some people won't let go of our past, however God already has! Let's care about what God thinks of us and let go of what others might think of us--that will help us live more in line with God's plans for our daily lives.


I love working to build God's Kingdom by one soul (and many projects) at a time! There is a lot of work to be done for Kingdom building--and I'm not one to stand around, so please feel free to join me anytime! Also, I find joy in sharing the gospel and working with people on their journey with Christ. Please join me for Sunday School in the Sanctuary or Bible Study on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. on conference call.


As it says in 1 Corinthians 12:12 -27, we are all part of the body of Christ and everyone has an important role to play in the body—so let us all work together and help each other!



Pastor Eileen Thomas 


What We Believe

“God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family”

is a great summary of what the African Methodist Episcopal Church believes.


The Written Word of God

The Holy Scripture contains all things necessary to salvation; so that whatever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scriptures, we do understand those canonical books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church.


Our Vision

To minister to the spiritual, social, and physical needs of the people in the Michiana community.

Our Mission

Olivet is a Christ-led A.M.E. Church that ministers to our community and youth by providing a loving, inclusive and

welcoming spiritual environment.



Our History

Olivet African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in March 1870 in South Bend Indiana, making it the first African American church in the city!


Olivet was formally organized by the Rev. J. Bundy, the first pastor, and nine charter members: Mr. and Mrs. Farrow Powell, Mr. and Mrs. James Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Bridgeman, James Hurst, J. B. Lott and John Powell. Meetings were held in various homes and then in the old Lafayette School. The church was originally located at 310 W. Monroe St.

The second site was erected in 1916-17 during the administration of the Rev. C. Emery Allen. Joseph Haithcox (“a Negro”) was the contractor. It was also a center for social, political, religious and civic life. It was known as the “Colored Church” until other denominations organized churches.


The present site, on Notre Dame Avenue, was acquired in 1969.


Olivet is part of the African American Landmark Tour in South Bend.