Sony Olivier was ordained into the gospel ministry at Beraca French Seventh-day Adventist Church on June 24, 2017. Family and friends gathered together to celebrate and participate in the ordination service, some traveling from as far away as Michigan. Smith Olivier, Sony’s brother, gave a challenge to Sony in the keynote stating “ordination is not a promotion but a devotion to the gospel.” Sony’s sister Rachelle also participated in the service by giving singing a musical selection.
Conference President, Ed Wright, and Vice President of Pastoral Ministries and Evangelism, Victor Maddox, attended and officiated the service on Sabbath. Maddox noted that “Sony is very talented and very much engaged in his congregations, and you see that by his three congregations coming together to express their love and support for him.” Maddox challenged Olivier, “Continue to love people, allow them to use them as conduits of his love, because that is what this gospel ministry and message is all about.”
Olivier reflected on the ordination saying, “This was a deep-moving experience that has left it’s mark not only in my spiritual walk with my Lord but in my ministry as well. It was indeed a great and tremendous experience with lots of memories to feed on for the years to come.”
When Olivier was just seven years old he received a calling to ministry. He experienced a miraculous recovery from an illness that almost took his life. He studied a variety of subjects before attending Andrews Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan, in 2005. He graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from the Seminary in 2008.
He first served as a lay pastor for the Florida Conference at a small church, Three Angels Adventist. Four years later, in May 2013, he answered a call to work in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference as a district pastor for the Mount Olive Haitian Church, Beraca French Mission Group, (which later became a church) and Sinai Community Mission Group.
He is married to Elkine Nelson. They met at church and married on August 14, 2005, after years of dating. From this union, three wonderful and beautiful children have been born: Elgen, Dolsen, and Soniella.
by Arthur Harper, communication intern