Mount Olive Ministries (MOM) originated in the home of Tony C. Duckworth and then into the project located in Mt. Olive, Mississippi in 1993. MOM was founded by Tony C. Duckworth, a Mt. Olive native. He was raised in a single parent home as a child in Robinson Subdivision (known as the jungle). He was able to design a ministry aimed directly at the youth of the inner-city. MOM began as Mr. Duckworth’s way of giving back to the troubled community where he grew up.
In 1987, while Mr. Duckworth was still a senior in high school, he accepted Jesus as Lord of his life. Four years later, he accepted God’s call to the preaching ministry. He immediately started sharing his faith on the street where God took him off.
In 1993, the community was concerned with the terrifying conditions faced by the poor community in this rural Mississippi area. The program evolved from the many request at meeting in churches, and among community organizations for something to be done to address the issues of gang violence, drugs, school drop-out, burglary, truancy, teen pregnancy, and undisciplined behavior among our youth.
Mr. Duckworth found himself working and paying his way through theology school at night. God blessed him to complete 96 hours before he started having car trouble. Meanwhile, he was able to complete his Biblical Counseling Certificate (a two year course) from Christian Research & Development in Upper Darby, PA in 2000. This course was offered in Mendenhall, MS by Pastor Artis Fletcher, pastor of Mendenhall Bible Church. Mr. Duckworth was able to complete his Associate of Arts Degree in Bible (2002), Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration (2004), and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Bible (2004) from Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, MS. Mr. Duckworth is currently on schedule to graduate in May 2010 with his Master of Ministry Degree at Temple Baptist Seminary in Chattanooga, TN.
MOM is registered with the State of Mississippi and a registered 501 (c) (3) nonprofit Christian outreach ministry, located in Mt. Olive Mississippi.
The purpose of Mount Olive Ministries is to evangelize, equip, and empower the Mount Olive community and neighboring counties through spiritual and community development.
MOM is helping young people break away from street life, such as, gangs, drugs, and school drop-out. Since 1994, MOM has raised up ministries to provide solution to current problems and prevention programs to deal with problems in its early stages. The following programs are: Leadership Development Ministry, Kids Zone (after school program), Juvenile Advocacy Ministry, Family Development Ministry, Summer Enrichment Ministry, ACT Preparation Conference, Leadership Development Conference, and Family Budget Conference.