Pastor Lindell was born and raised in Waynesville, MO. He is the middle of five siblings and was raised by his mother who always made sure that he and his brothers and sisters were in church. In this case, “always” meant always; Sundays, (AM and PM) Wednesdays, Revivals, Vacation Bible School, and any other time that the doors were open.
For many this might have been considered a little too much, and when given the freedom of choice, they might have decided that they had all the church that they needed for a while. But Lindell says, “Church was the best place for this boy”. “I had a good Pastor who took an interest in me, and a couple of Youth Pastors that made a real difference in my life. Those men became the Father-figures in my life that I needed.” Pastor Lindell willingly admits that those men had their hands full but that they helped develop a very awkward teen into a less awkward young man.
Pastor Lindell had an early start into ministry. He felt that God had “called” him into ministry at the age of 13, and he preached his first sermon on December 31, 1973. He was given several opportunities to preach and teach and was ultimately called, at age 16, to his first Pastorate. “Those poor people will get an extra-large crown in Heaven.” Pastor Lindell remarked. There have been several Pastorates since then, mostly bi-vocational, but when God provided the opportunity to be in ministry full time, it was indeed a calling that could not be ignored. In 2002 Lindell was called to be the Part-time Minister of Education at his home church. In a short time that position became full-time and Lindell left his long-time employment with the Missouri Department Social Services.
“Serving my home church was an amazing blessing and a genuine privilege.” But Pastor Lindell, after 14 years of serving his home church, decided that God was calling him away. God was leading him to once again seek a Pastorate and to lead a different congregation. In just a short amount of time (April 2016) Pastor Lindell was called to be the Pastor at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Bolivar, Mo. “I count it an honor to serve these good people, and look forward to growing together in the work of the Lord. Mt. Olive has a great future! We have already begun to see the Lord at work in our midst and we know that He has a great work planned for this wonderful spiritual family.”
Pastor Lindell received his BA from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, and has completed several hours toward a Master’s Degree through Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky. But, he says, “the very best education I received was the ‘hands-on’ education received as a caseworker / case-manager with Social Services. That was education about the world, people and hardship that money could not buy. I am grateful for the experience.”
God gave Lindell the best gift of salvation when he was a young boy. He says that He is still growing into that gift every day. The most loving expression of God’s grace though, came as Lindell married the love of his live, Brenda in 1983. Brenda is “more that I deserve” and he willingly admits that he married far above his pay grade. Brenda is a saint; she not only has to put up with his fun-loving and ‘never meet a stranger’ personality, but she is also “the prettiest chauffer that a man could ask for”. Pastor Lindell, you see, is legally blind and does not drive. While his disability presents very real limitations in his life, it is also a “means to see God’s grace at work.”
Pastor Lindell and Brenda are so blessed that at this season in their lives they are allowed to serve Mt. Olive and live in Bolivar, but the icing on the cake is that both of their children and their families live in Bolivar as well. They have two precious grandsons that were born in 2016 just five months apart. Pastor Lindell says, “ask me to show you a picture, just be prepared to be there a while.” They love and cherish their family. And, they truly love the family that God has given them at Mt. Olive. They both believe that church functions best when it is lived as a loving, not always perfect, serving and Christ centered family.
Mount Olive Baptist Church is currently without a dedicated Worship Leader.
Billy Glover serves Mount Olive Baptist Church in a volunteer capacity as the Youth Ministry Director, and leads Mount Olives’ youth program Cold Pressed. He and his Wife Jessica have previously served in Children’s, Pre-school, and Family Life ministries for over five years prior to joining the Mount Olive family in 2016. Billy received God’s calling upon his life to ministry and missions in 2010 while serving as a Combat Medic in the United States Army. He, at that time, actively began seeking avenues to serve others and the Lord. Billy has deployed to Iraq where he bravely served our country, fellow Soldiers, and Iraqi nationals providing emergency medical care. Medically retired in December 2012 from the Army; he continued in 2013 to serve families and youth at Great Circle, formerly Boys and Girls Town of Missouri, through a short-term crisis intervention program. Anointed with a purpose to provide youth with an understanding of Scripture, its application to their lives, and sharing the Gospel with others according to God’s Holy Word sets him apart from the body at Mount Olive; and is why he is the right person for the position.
Billy was born in Lorain, Ohio; located along the coast of Lake Erie, which explains his being a Cleveland Indians fan. He later moved to Ft Lauderdale, Florida, where he spent his teen years. Billy, is an alumnus of Liberty University, from which he earned his Bachelor of Science degree of Interdisciplinary Studies in 2012.