Installation Service for Reverend Maxwell Nkansah
The Olivet Congregational Church will hold an Installation Service for its new pastor, Maxwell Nkansah on Saturday, November 10, at 3:00 p.m. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University and Western Theological Seminary. After doing an internship at First Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan, Nkansah was ordained there in June. In July, Nkansah stepped into the position of full-time pastor at Olivet Congregational Church.
“Coming to Olivet is like coming home to me. I was attracted to Olivet immediately. I feel like I belong here,” he said. Nkansah’s goal is for the church to show Christian hospitality to the Olivet community, including Olivet College’s students. Nkansah explained, “I want to build a strong church fellowship and let community members and students know this is an inviting church.”
City of Olivet mayor Laura Barlond-Maas, a long-time church member and Olivet College professor, was on the pastor search committee. Barlond-Maas said, “His sermons are dynamic and engaging, but there’s so much more to being a pastor. Maxwell’s real gift beyond his sermons is his deep commitment to hospitality.”
Under Nkansah’s direction, the church has begun hosting dinners twice a month for Olivet’s residents and students to come together to eat good food and enjoy each other’s company. Nkansah has also refurbished a room for guests to use as a lounge or quiet space to read or study.
Originally from Ghana, Nkansah and his wife Jennifer have two children and live in Olivet.
The installation service will take place at the Olivet Congregational Church, 125 College Street in Olivet. Refreshments will follow in Dole Hall on the Olivet College campus.