Meet the Team of

Mt. Olive

Eric Hardman

Senior Pastor

Eric Hardman has served in pastoral ministry since 2001. He began his current position as Senior Pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in October 2023.

Pastor Eric is a graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from The College at Southeastern. His favorite book of the Bible is Colossians, and he will never get over the grace and mercy of the Lord.

He and his wife Cassie have been married since 2000 and have three sons and one daughter-in-law; Noah & Kaylea, Caleb, and Jacob.

His favorite things are his family, trout fishing, and a cup of black coffee with a slice of pie.


Daniel Hensley

Associate Pastor of Students & Families

Daniel Hensley began serving in full-time ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ while in college at UNC-Chapel Hill. He continued serving with CRU for 13 years, and has served the local church for the past 4 years. 

Daniel earned his Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2022 with a focus on Christian Ministry. He joined the team of Mt. Olive in June 2024.

He and his wife Heather have been married since 2016 and have two children; daughter, Gracelyn Belle and son, Oakey.

Ministry Team

Paula Whitfield

Music Director

Leslie Tuttle

Administrative Assistant

Bradly Holt

Deacon Chairman

Deacon Family Ministry

Matthew Ring, Alan Edmondson, Rick Cromer, Kim Hutches, Joel Weaver, & Steven Roberson

Want to know more?

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