Members representing Free Will Baptist churches in Johnston and Wake Counties generated $56,279 in gifts to the University of Mount Olive, the denomination’s private, Christian liberal arts institution. The Convention of Original Free Will Baptists established the University of Mount Olive in 1951 as one of its ministries and has given strong support throughout its history.
Churches presented their gifts to the university at a dinner held at The Farm Entertainment Venue. Of those giving, 221 were designated as Bridge Builders for contributing a gift of $100 or more. Free Spirit provided music for the event.
“The University of Mount Olive is very blessed to have a unique relationship with the Original Free Will Baptist Church. One of the ways that this relationship is nurtured is through the annual church dinners. Through this program alone the churches give approximately $500,000 each year because they believe in the mission of the University and the difference it is making in the lives of the students we serve. The annual dinners keep the university connected with the church in a wonderful way as they attend the dinner in their county and hear personally from students and learn of their experiences at UMO,” said Jean F. Ackiss, Mount Olive’s director of church support.