Associate Ministers

Rev. Raymond Caruthers

Raymond Caruthers was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma where he is one of five children. He attended the Muskogee Public School System, where he gained his formal education. Upon completion of high school, he continued his preparation in higher education at the Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma. While matriculating at Langston University, he was appointed to many student leadership positions, offices and commissions. He was instrumental in helping to co-find a religious organization entitled, “Campus Christians.”

He graduated from Langston University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He was recruited to the Columbus City Schools, Columbus, Ohio to assume his position on the front lines of urban education. Throughout his tenure as an educator, he has received awards such as, Outstanding Teacher of the Year, WCMH Channel 4 Educator of the Month, Columbus State Community College Educator of the Year, and Columbus Parent/Teacher Association Teacher of the Year. Rev. Caruthers, was challenged to pursue Educational Policy and Leadership at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Upon completion of his Masters of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Educational Administration, he worked with in the suburbs as well as in the Columbus City Schools as a Principal/Instructional leader.

Some of his accomplishments include; Parent Teacher Association Educator of the year (2012). One of five Principals’ selected as an Ingram Grant recipient (2011). He is the only Principal in the Dayton Public School’s system as a National Principal Board Certification recipient and one of two hundred and eleven nation wide. Reverend Caruthers also has studied at Harvard University and the University of Virginia for Educational Leadership.

Reverend Caruthers served the Dayton Public Schools as a Director and a District Lead Principal at David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center, Dayton Public Schools. Dayton, Ohio. His charge was to oversee the latest programs in the area of Career/ College pathways for multiple schools throughout the district, supervise a staff of over 120 and manage a multimillion dollar budget annually.

In 1988, Reverend Caruthers acknowledged his call for the Proclamation of the Gospel Ministry. He served as Youth Pastor at the Second Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio from 1991 until 1997. Reverend Caruthers was instrumental in assisting with the co-founding of a new ministry in Columbus and served as a Co-Pastor at the Abiding Faith Baptist Church. The church grew and was later given the opportunity to merge with a well-established church to further its Kingdom work.

Rev. Caruthers completed his ecclesiastical preparation at the Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio with a (MTD) Masters of Theology.

Reverend Caruthers was ordained by Dr. Charles E. Booth.

Reverend Caruthers is a sought after preacher, teacher, lecturer and evangelist across the country. Reverend Caruthers believes as we are living in the latter days, that he has a divine mandate to preach Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you and, lo, I am with you always, even until the end of the world.” Amen.

Reverend Caruthers is married to Shawn Renee’Caruthers.

Personal Statement

I am dedicated to upholding the highest standards of Christian Ministry Ethics and personal integrity, as I have been called to represent Christ in every area of my personal and professional life.

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Rev. Dr. Deborah A. Dennis

Rev. Dr. Deborah Dennis accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior on February 11, 1960. She acknowledged her calling into the preaching ministry on February 26, 1989, and was licensed to preach on September 23, 1990, by the Mt. Period Missionary Baptist Church where she served for over 26 years in the Evangelism, Deaconess, Music, and Teaching Ministries.

She also served as the Director of Baptist Training Union, Sunday Church School Teacher, Choir Director, and Director of Vacation Bible School.

Rev. Dr. Dennis united with the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church on Sunday, September 5, 1997, under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Charles E. Booth, and officially joined the staff of Mt. Olivet in April, 2001, as the Minister of Christian Education.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Cross Disciplinary Studies from the Ohio Dominican College, obtained a Master of Christian Education degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in 1999, and was ordained to preach in July, 1999. Rev. Dennis retired from Ameritech Telephone Company in March, 2001, after 30 years of service. She graduated, receiving her Doctor of Ministry Degree in Transformational Leadership from the Ashland Theological Seminary on June 2, 2007.

Upon graduation, Rev. Dr. Deborah Dennis served on the Columbus ATS Advisory Board, ATS Doctor of Ministry Advisor, and as an adjunct professor at ATS. Dr. Dennis serves as Professional Associate at United Theological Seminary. She also serves as the E.U.M.B.A. Dean of the Congress of Christian Education.

Rev. Dennis has served the community as a volunteer for the Cancer Society, Leukemia Society, and Heart Fund. She has conducted workshops on Evangelism, Christian Education Leaders and Teachers, Discipleship, Single Parenting, Stewardship, Praise and Worship, and Women and their various roles in the Modern Church.

Rev. Dennis is a woman who loves God, her family, people, and her call to the Ministry. She is striving to proclaim Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to every man, woman, boy and girl, to persuade them to be His disciples and productive members of His Church. Moreover, she has committed her life to the spiritual growth of people of all ages. “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)

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Rev. Dr. Sharon Tucker

Rev. Dr. Sharon Tucker is not focused on just one ministry in the church. She is led and blessed to direct 18 of them, excluding major events. She shared her love for the ministries, "I am in love with anything that deals with the marginalized."

She stated, "I didn’t deal with…the ministry. It was the furthest thing from my mind. I planned to be a teacher until retirement. God called me to work with people who now sit where I had sat…that’s on the margins…because He brought me back from the edge, I can’t refuse to be used to do the same thing.”

When discussing her passion for God and church, she explained, "There is no separation between my calling and my daily life. I have His story and my story. I know how God can move. I can’t help but tell it to someone else. I have seen Him move in the lives of people that the world had given up on, and they ended up exceeding what is imaginable."

In today's society, many pulpits still refuse to welcome women. Dr. Tucker is especially thankful that is not the case amongst her church family at Mt. Olivet Baptist. "I am given free rein to do the work that I was called to do. The support is here and there is a strong ministry focus on outreach here," she said.

"My husband, Phillip and I have been worshipping at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church for approximately nine years. I came here to work under Dr. Booth. I met him in seminary. I knew nothing about his preaching or his church. The heart of Dr. Booth was so large that I trusted Him."

“In this house,” Reverend Tucker said, “you will encounter the authentic gospel and the love of Christ.”
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Min. Dr. LaTrice Washington

Min. Dr. LaTrice Washington is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She is the daughter of Rev. Shirley W. Jordan and Mr. Howard Jordan, Sr. Dr. Washington made her confession of faith and was baptized at the age of 12 at St. John Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. She delivered her initial sermon, “Living According To God’s Standard” on Friday, March 6, 2009, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. She is a disciple of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, where she serves as a ministry leader of the Political and Judicial Awareness Ministry and Christ-Centered Discipleship Ministry (CCDM).

Dr. Washington received her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Augustine's College. She received a Master of Arts degree in Constitutional Law and State and Local Government. She earned a PhD in American Government and Public Administration from Howard University. Dr. LaTrice Washington is a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. She is the author of The Veterans Millennium Health Care Act of 1999: A Case Study of Role Orientations of Legislators, the President and Interest Groups (2003). She was a contributing author of Affirmative Action, a two-volume resource that chronicles the development of affirmative action policies in the United States (2004). She recently completed her second book entitled Political Scandals: The Consequences of Temporary Gratification, which is scheduled to go to print in July, 2014.

Dr. Washington’s favorite scriptures are found in James 1:11-12 and Ecclesiastes 9:11. James 1:11-12 says “…for the sun rises with scorching wind and withers the grass, and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away. Blessed is a man/woman who perseveres under trial for once he/she has been approved, he/she will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” Ecclesiastes 9:11 reads, “I returned, and I saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”

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Additional Leaders

Elder Kermetta Folmar

Minister Barbara Pierson

Minister Anita Walker

Rev. Dr. Charlene Watkins