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Paul Gard

Lead Pastor

Paul has been the Lead Pastor at Mount of Olives Baptist Church since Feb 2018. He and his family came from southern New Hampshire where he was the pastor of Monadnock Congregational Church of the CCCC.

Paul grew up in eastern Wisconsin on a dairy farm with 7 brothers and sisters and was raised in the Roman Catholic Church. His family was very consistent in their attendance and observance of the Roman Catholic Church. Yet, God had another plan as Paul was exposed to the Gospel in his high school years by friends who sought to be faithful to the Lord’s call to evangelism. God was working in Paul’s heart while he wrestled with the new ideas of grace alone through faith alone for salvation. It was in his early 20s that Paul then came to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

Paul received a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2006. He then attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for a MA in History from 2006-2008. It is there where Paul fell in love with the English Puritans and has been reading them ever since. This led Paul away from the pursuit of a PhD in History to God’s will for him to pursue the pastorate. Thus, in from 2009-2013 Paul attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he attained an MDiv degree.

Paul has a passion for many things, foremost being his family. He has been married to Deb since 1994 and they have 3 children; Abbey (’95), Elijah (’98), and Isaiah (’02). He is steeped in Reformation theology and enjoys virtually any type of theology. He loves board games (especially Scythe) and nature hikes with his family. He also enjoys sci-fi and fantasy literature (especially Tolkien) as well as movies.

Finally, Paul loves to preach expositionally and teaching any opportunity he can get. He desires for MOBC to flourish for the glory of God that all may know the Lord.

Troy Turner

Associate Pastor

Troy has served as the Associate Pastor of Mount of Olives since August of 2014.  He and his wife Alyssa moved to Duluth from Louisville, KY in 2013.

Troy finished his B.A. in biological sciences at Lee University, in Cleveland TN, where he and Alyssa met and eventually married.  They then spent four years in Johnson City, TN where Alyssa attended medical school.  After graduating, they relocated to Louisville KY to continue their education.  It was there that Troy attended Southern Seminary and received his M.Div.

Shortly after moving to Duluth and accepting the position of Associate Pastor at Mount of Olives Baptist Church, Troy and Alyssa adopted two young girls, Jameicia (CJ) and Shaniya.  Learning the art of parenting has been a challenge for both of them but they are deeply grateful for the gift of adoption and the spiritual truths it teaches.  They love their girls, their church, their new home town.

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