Meet Our Pastor
REVEREND HAROLD R. JOLLEY, M.DIV.
Reverend Harold R. Jolley was born to Julia Lawrence Jolley in White Plains, New York. Being raised as an only child Reverend Jolley was fortunate to attend private school during his early educational rearing and later enrolled into the White Plains Public School system to complete his junior and high school education. He was brought up to believe that education brings about better life choices and opportunities.
After completing his high school education, Reverend Jolley enrolled into Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, the first and oldest historical Black university where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
During his tenure at his home church, Bethel Baptist Church, White Plains, New York, Reverend Jolley was very active. He served in the Ministry of Christian Education, the Sunday School, Junior Ushers’ Ministry, Junior Ushers’ Ministry, and Junior Deacon, as a Walking Deacon, the Trustee Ministry and Associate Minister. Before leaving to enter into the pastorate Reverend Jolley was given the charge to serve as Bethel’s first Youth Minister.
After being licensed at the Bethel Baptist Church, he then enrolled at Drew University’s Theological School in Madison, New Jersey, where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree.
After being called to pastor the Riverview Missionary Baptist Church, Kingston, New York, in September 2007, Reverend Jolley was ordained at the Bethel Baptist Church by his pastor, The Reverend Dr. Edward O. Williamson, in conjunction with the Central Hudson Baptist Association in November 2007.
Reverend Jolley has worked for various not-for-profit agencies as a youth advocate. His areas of concentration were to design and implement academic and employment programs to develop and prepare youth to compete in today’s workforce. Reverend Jolley is an advocate for the people. He goes beyond racial lines and fights for and assists people who are in need of employment and housing assistance, sufferers of racial injustice and spiritual development. Since his tenure at Second Macedonia he has spearheaded the church’s efforts to revive their outreach and impact in their community. Over the past three years they have been distributing back packs and school supplies to the neighborhood youth and the schools in the community. They have instituted a monthly feeding program for the homeless and strengthened their food pantry that distributes food twice a week. The church has given benevolence donations to those who are local and abroad. The push for education has always been a priority for Reverend Jolley. From his guidance and structuring of giving practices, Second Macedonia has now increased the amounts of scholarships that are given out to those pursing higher education.
The Commitment to Christ
Reverend Jolley has a deep commitment for Christian education. He is a certified instructor through the Sunday School Publishing Board for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. He has facilitated workshops for the Central Baptist Association’s Department of Christian Education and their Leadership School. He has taught courses such as the Synoptic Gospels, the Old Testament, Ministry for Young Adults, and Moving from Religion to Relationship.
The Community Relations
Reverend Jolley is a member of the following organizations: The Philadelphia Baptist Association, The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., American Baptist Churches of America, Inc., The Baptist Pastor’s and Minister’s Conferences of Philadelphia and Vicinity, and The Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Association. Reverend Jolley is a former member of the Ulster County Minister’s Alliance, served as a Community Board Member for the American Cancer Society of Kingston and a community represe
ntative with the Partners in Public Health Board for Ulster County.
Reverend Jolley currently serves as the proud Pastor/Teacher at Second Macedonia Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is the second God given assignment after pastoring at the Riverview Missionary Baptist Church for four and a half years. During his tenure at Second Macedonia the church has experienced a season of new growth spiritually, in congregational growth, financial, administration restructuring, ministry work and in their efforts of outreach. They have entered into their new season of fulfilling God’s call to the church.
The Added Blessing
Mrs. Jolley is a graduate of Stony Brook University and has graced the halls of New York University in their Master’s of Business Administration program. They are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters,
Madison Elle and Gabrielle Taylor Jolley.
Whenever asked to describe himself and his purpose in ministry, Reverend Jolley informs everyone that he uses God’s divinely inspired word, life experiences, his gifts of teaching, preaching and counseling to equip the saints for the work of ministry.
To God be the glory for the things He has done!