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Reverend Dr. Ronald L. Owens is the Senior Pastor at Mt. Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church in Annapolis, Maryland, where he is proclaiming the Gospel, bringing souls to Christ, and making disciples. He graduated from Freedom High School, Morganton, NC in 1977. He answered a calling to preach and became a licensed minister in 1980
Reverend Dr. Ronald L. Owens is the Senior Pastor at Mt. Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church in Annapolis, Maryland, where he is proclaiming the Gospel, bringing souls to Christ, and making disciples. He graduated from Freedom High School, Morganton, NC in 1977. He answered a calling to preach and became a licensed minister in 1980 at Willow Tree A.M.E. Church in Morganton, North Carolina. He was admitted in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference in 1981. In 1985, he was then ordained an Itinerant Elder. He earned his Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center, with focuses on the Psychology of Religion, Pastoral Care and Counseling. He went on to earn his Doctorate of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Church and Ministry, where his project was, “Leading a Wounded Congregation to Mission Engagement”. He began his pastoral ministry in 1983 in the 6th Episcopal District, Georgia, in the Augusta Annual Conference as a supply pastor for Hickman Tabernacle, Augusta, and St. Mark, Wadley. He pastored the following churches, Butler Creek, Augusta; Mt. Tabor, Keysville; New Hope, Senoia; St Paul, Austell; the Washington Circuit, Washington; Bethel, Hinesville; and New Bethel, Lithonia and St. Joseph in Durham, NC. He presently serves as Pastor of Mt. Olive AME Church, Annapolis, MD. Reverend Dr. Owens is a licensed clinical pastoral counselor who through his counseling, equips the lay and clergy to provide spiritual care in the body of Christ. Having additionally served in the military for 27 years, he retired after 21 years of active service in the Army at the rank of Major, as a chaplain. He is an accomplished seminar presenter to both men’s and women’s groups. Reverend Dr. Owens conducts enrichment workshops throughout the nation for the military, churches, organizations, and other groups. He is certified in sexual harassment prevention training and trains care providers in suicide and grief crisis intervention. Most of all, he prides himself on performing effective life enriching professional Christian counseling. His professional affiliations include the National Christian Counselors Association, the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has earned 3 units of CPE. He also served as a mentor/supervisor for Duke Divinity Students in Durham, NC. He served on the Columbia Theological Seminary Search Committee for the Associate Dean of Professional Studies and the McAfee School of Theology as a visiting faculty member. He served as a member of the Finance Committee and Board of Examiners 6th Episcopal District, Augusta, Georgia, Old Georgia, and Atlanta North Georgia Annul Conferences 2003-2013 Instructor for Pastoral Care, Preaching 1, Ethics, Church Administration and AME History/Polity. Served on the Atlanta North GA Conference (ANGC) Finance Committee and Board of Trustees Served on the ANGC Ministerial Efficiency and Judiciary Committees. Facilitator for Grief Awareness, Couple Retreats, and Relationship Enrichment Served as Chair, Finance Committee Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC). Served as Chair, Board of Examiners WNCC Instructor for Theology 1, Church Administration, Ministry Beyond the Walls, Mission and Evangelism. Served as Member of the Board of Trustees WNCC Served as Committee Member of Ministerial Efficiency and Property and Deeds, WNCC. Reverend Dr. Owens was born in Morganton, North Carolina on October 10, 1959. He is married to the former Gwendolyn Rakestraw. He is the proud father of three children, Ronald, Karawn and Ronnise and four grandchildren. Reverend Dr. Ronald L. Owens is committed to bringing the Kingdom of God into the hearts of everyone. He has a pastor’s heart, seeking to foster reconciliation and healing between God and His people. He believes the foundation of ministry is to love God with all his heart, soul and mind, and his neighbor as himself.
Harold was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, and started playing the guitar at the age of nine. He joined his first band at the age of ten. Harold was excited about all of the instruments in the band, so he taught himself to play them. He started with the guitar, then the bass guitar, and moved on to the drum set, piano, trombone, an
Harold was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, and started playing the guitar at the age of nine. He joined his first band at the age of ten. Harold was excited about all of the instruments in the band, so he taught himself to play them. He started with the guitar, then the bass guitar, and moved on to the drum set, piano, trombone, and alto saxophone to name a few.
By the time Harold graduated from Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, he had performed with many professional groups; and became known for his skills as a composer and arranger. After the early days of learning and playing with different recording groups, he began to understand that his gift was something given to him for a greater purpose. The church was the other training ground. Going to church was not an option. Laura Sims, his mother, insisted, and as a result, Harold developed a love for choir music and the hymns of the church. At the tender age of 13, Harold formed and directed the first band of the Freedom Choir of Philadelphia at the historic Southern Christian Leadership Conference Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA in 1969. They ministered before a crowded Morehouse College auditorium filled with civil rights leaders and dignitaries from around the country, and they received a standing ovation.
Harold received his music training at the U.S. Navy School of Music and the U.S. Army Band program. Harold attended Morgan State University. He majored in voice and percussion and studied choral conducting under the late Dr. Nathan Carter.
Harold is currently the Minister of Music at Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church, Annapolis, MD. and will be celebrating 30 years of ministry this year. He has been the Minister of Music at the following churches: New Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.; Calvary Chapel Church, Ft. Meade, MD; St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Washington, D.C.; St. Marks U.M. Church, Laurel, MD.
Harold is currently the choir director at Cecil Memorial U.M.C. He has been the choir director at the following churches; Christ U.M. Church Aquisco, MD; Glenarden Church of God, Glenarden, MD; Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Church, Annapolis, MD and Franklin U.M. Church, Churchton, MD.
Harold has been a consultant for the Washington, D.C. Public School System. He has been and instructor at the Naval Academy and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Harold is a member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America and is on the board of directors DiVine Ministries, Inc.
Harold is now blessed with his wife Sarah moulden Sims. And his son Rev. Harold earl Sims jr. and daughter Ebony sims which have gave him his eight grandchildren Diana, Michelle, Jeremiah, Emani, Gabriel, Danielle, Isaiah, and Marley