MEET OUR PASTOR
DR. PAULA OLIVIER
Paula Olivier, née Fils-Aimé, was born in Brooklyn, NY. She spent the early years of her life in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and then moved to Miami, FL. In 1996, after weeks of prayer and fasting, Dr. Olivier answered God’s call to enter the Gospel Ministry. Since then, life has never been the same. She is a graduate of Oakwood University with a B.A. in Ministerial Theology and a minor in Psychology. She holds a Master of Divinity from Andrews University Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. She is the author of two books: Battle Tested: Breaking through challenges to build your best life now! and Haiti 101: A primer for Haitian Americans and those who love Haiti.
Pastor Olivier’s ministry has been blessed by God to be both spiritual and innovative. Her preaching ministry has been featured in local and national conferences, radio and television including the Hope Channel and 3ABN. She has spoken across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Venezuela and the SDA Church in Jerusalem, Israel.
Olivier also served as the official clergy representative for the Montclair Community Intervention Alliance (MCIA). MCIA administers a State funded grant supporting local groups that promote substance abuse prevention among youth, and advises the Montclair City Council on related matters. The Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation (MNDC) awarded Dr. Olivier the Carlos Wormley Community Service Award. She was also honored with a joint Legislative Resolution from the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey for her leadership. Dr. Olivier served on the District Family Advisory Council of the Montclair Board of Education. Olivier holds several certificates in non-profit leadership and crisis intervention. She is a member of the World Wide Federal Chaplains association.
Dr. Olivier also serves on the Freeport Advisory Council of the District Attorney’s Office of Nassau County. She is also part of the Freeport Police/Clergy initiative sponsored by the Community Affairs Division and is active in police reform. Pastor Olivier is a 2021 honoree of New York State Senator John Brooks’ Black History and Women’s History celebration.
Dr. Paula Olivier, a trailblazer, is the first female lead pastor of Haitian descent in the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. She is happily married to Dr. Smith Olivier, an ordained minister of the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. Her favorite text comes from Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” This is her motivation for ministry--a deep sense of indebtedness to the Cross of Calvary.