Rev. Lamar C. Oliver
Pastor

Rev. Lamar C. Oliver was appointed pastor of FUMC-DeRidder on July 1, 2015, beginning his 16th year of full-time ministry.


A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Rev. Oliver is a life-long United Methodist whose family roots in the tradition go back several generations. Some of his earliest and most influential memories are from his family’s deep involvement in the ministries of the church. This pattern continued after his family moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where he served in leadership on the congregational, district, and conference levels.


Choosing to move back to Louisiana for college, Rev. Oliver pursued the Bachelor of Science degree at Louisiana Tech, majoring in Accounting. As part of his undergraduate experience, he spent the summer of 1996 in Rome, studying international business and Italian culture. Among myriad activities he was involved with in Ruston was the Wesley Foundation, the UMC’s campus ministry at Louisiana Tech, where he pursued further the call to vocational ministry he first discerned while in high school. Immediately after college, he spent a year on staff at the Wesley Foundation, serving as a ministry intern in full-time campus ministry.


Following his year at the Wesley Foundation, he was invited to serve as a supply pastor for the Cotton Valley and Sarepta United Methodist Churches in Webster Parish, LA.


Rev. Oliver studied for the Master of Divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, graduating in May of 2002. In his time living in Wilmore, he gained experience working in local church and institutional ministry settings. He was ordained an Elder and elected into Full Connection to the Louisiana Annual Conference at their June, 2005 session.


In addition to the Cotton Valley-Sarepta charge prior to his seminary days, Rev. Oliver has served the Raymond-Elton charge, as associate pastor at First UMC (Pineville), Pharr Chapel UMC in Morgan City, and (on an interim basis) in a cross-cultural setting as supply preacher for St. Peter UMC in Jeanerette, LA.  He came to FUMC-DeRidder, after four years as the Senior Pastor at North Cross UMC in Madisonville, LA.


Currently, he serves on the Executive Committee of Louisiana Conference Board of Ordained Ministry as chair of the Division of Local Pastors and Associate Members, vice-chair of the Conference Commission on Equitable Compensation, treasurer of the Beauregard Area Ministerial Alliance, secretary of the board for God’s Food Box (a local ecumenical food pantry,) and is active in the DeRidder Lions Club. He is past chair of the Acadiana District Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of Uskichitto Retreat Center, and served as a Spiritual Director for Louisiana United Methodist Cursillos #127, #148, & #156.


Rev. Oliver and his wife, Erin, a native of western New York State, were married in July of 2001. They met while they were both students at Asbury. She is also an ordained Elder within the conference who, due to health issues, has been on a personal leave of absence since June of 2011. Their immediate family consists of their infant daughter, Anna Catherine Oliver, Shiloh (a lab/shepherd purebred mix,) and Mew (a purebred Maine coon feline.)


His personal interests include reading on a wide range of topics, fine dining, studying & debating current events, golfing (if you could call it that), travel, and, most recently, photography.


A blog of his writings from his time in Morgan City can be found at midweekmessage.blogspot.com. He has recently started blogging again at lamaroliver.com and is looking forward to developing this more in the near future.

Rev. Lamar C. Oliver


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