Pastor Howard Olver has over forty years of experience in urban inter-cultural ministry, serving churches in Brooklyn, New York; Passaic, New Jersey; St. Louis, Missouri; Toronto, Ontario; and Dundalk, Maryland. He also served on the faculty of Greenville College in Illinois, and as an adjunct professor with Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Ontario and Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York.
In addition to local church ministry, Pastor Olver has served his denomination as a regional resource person in Church Growth and Church Planting, and Social, Ethnic and Urban Ministries, in the Midwest. While in Canada, he served as Network Leader for Urban and Intercultural Ministries in the Greater Toronto Area. Since September 2013, he has worked with Acts 12:24 Churches, the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Free Methodist Church USA, primarily in the area of Ministerial, Education and Guidance.
Howard Olver is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College and Asbury Theological Seminary, and earned the Doctor of Ministry degree at Asbury Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Evangelism, Church Growth and Mission. He is an ordained Minister with the Free Methodist Church, USA.
Howard has been married to Linda for almost 50 years, with two grown children and four grand-children. They live in the Baltimore, MD, area. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys outdoor activities, especially boating and fishing.
Howard has served as an ordained minister and biblical counselor with urban and intercultural churches for over 40 years. He and his family have lived in stressful urban communities and have experienced firsthand the challenges ministry families face. Howard has the ability to discern the needs in such contexts and bring hope to the most difficult of issues. He has a heart for pastors and desires to see that God’s leaders are heard and cared for during the most challenging times.