About Rev. Bob Oliver
Rev. Bob Oliver has been married to his dear wife Denise for 34 years. They are blessed with one daughter: Sherrell Oliver-Riley, one son in law: Reginald Riley, two sons: Deion Oliver and David Oliver, and two grandchildren: Jacob Christian Riley and Olivia Grace Riley.
Rev. Oliver has been a member of New Covenant Church of Philadelphia since 1996 and has served in several ministry capacities. He is a gifted preacher and teacher of the Word, has taught in Bible studies, Christian Education classes, Sunday morning services, and has been a member of the men’s ministry. Rev. Oliver formerly served as an Associate Pastor, member of the Board of Elders, head of Adult Christian Education Ministries, and head of New Covenant Ministries, working with church leadership to coordinate ministry within the church and community. On June 2, 2018, “Pastor Oliver” as he is affectionately called by the members, assumed the position of Executive Pastor. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, he served in the Hope Deliverance Church (Paterson, New Jersey) as a Sunday School teacher, usher and minister of the gospel, preaching in various churches around the city of Paterson.
In his early years he was blessed to have a mother (Gladys Oliver) and grandmother (Sally Ratliff) who prayed for him as they nurtured and developed him spiritually. They spent countless hours over the years searching the scriptures with him and sharing insights. Both his mother and grandmother were constant sources of inspiration and served as models of “walking by faith and not by sight.” They challenged him to “make full proof” of his ministry and his mother often reminded him that “it is good for a young man to bear the yoke in his youth, as it will build spiritual muscle down the road.”
Pastor Oliver earned an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University and a BA from Rutgers University. He is currently a Master of Divinity candidate at Palmer Theological Seminary. He was recently appointed to the Church of God International Ministries Counsel, which is the governing body of the international Church of God.
In addition to his ministry experience, he has accomplished much in his professional career. He has served on nonprofit and for-profit boards and provided executive leadership and wise guidance to several organizations and corporations, including:
∙ Independent Board Member for Israeli based Pharma Company, Medison (a Healthcare company in Israel)
∙ PhD Board of Fellows of Eastern University
∙ Board of Advisors of Saint Joseph’s University
∙ Board of Elders of New Covenant Church of Philadelphia
∙ Past Board Chairman of Eastern University Academy Charter School, Corporate Boards
∙ Board Chairman of Otsuka, Canada
∙ Independent Director and Executive Advisor of Hyalo Technologies of Philadelphia
∙ Chairman of V ClinBio of Princeton, New Jersey
∙ Exec advisor to the vice chancellor of Rutger’s University
His many gifts and talents have been publicly recognized, and he has received the following honors:
∙ 2016 Ebony Power 100 Honoree
∙ Inaugural Passion Partner, Eastern University Academy Charter School
∙ Recognition in Library of Congress – Congressional record by U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman for job creation and caring for the sick through his work as CEO at Otsuka