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Hillandale Baptist Church - Church History
In September of the same year, Dr. Allen Oliver, 28, pastor of Richboro Baptist Church in Staten Island, NY was called as Hillandale's Pastor.
A resident of Maryland, Dr. Oliver graduated from the University of Maryland and Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, after achieving his Doctorate and Master of Divinity degrees.
In expressing his vision for Hillandale Baptist, Dr. Oliver talked about a God-called explosion about to take place, seeing the primary focus of the church as proclamation of the Gospel, witnessing, and expansion of frequency and style of preaching.
He suggested lay or youth preaching missions, a dramatic increase in missions and Christian training, and even preaching stations outside the Hillandale community.
He envisioned the Deacons developing a family ministry plan, leading worship, and training youth in lay ministry.
He considered the need for a counseling service, nursery school, and a program for teaching English as a second language.
In 1978, Dr. Oliver resigned from Hillandale Baptist to take a new ministry in Belfast, Northern Ireland.