We are excited to have Dr. Harold O'Chester preaching for us for the next 3 Sundays, March 5th through 19th! Here is a little something about Dr. O'Chester:
Dr. Harold E. O’Chester is the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. John O’Chester. A graduate of Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi, he received a B.A. Degree. He then received the Master of Divinity Degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Divinity degree from the California Graduate School of Theology.
Dr. O’Chester is a former Roman Catholic altar boy and a Navy veteran. He pastored in Mississippi for sixteen years before coming to assume the pastorate of Allandale (now Great Hills) Baptist Church. The church moved to a new site where a 3,600 seat Worship Center and educational space was completed. He was the pastor of Great Hills Baptist Church for thirty-four years. During the period of the 70’s the church was cited by the Home Mission Board magazine as the ninth fastest growing church in the seventies, growing from 150 to more than 2000 in S.S. The church also baptized 300 for nine consecutive years.In the 50 year period of his pastoral ministry. He built fifteen buildings including three worship centers
He married the former Barbara Jean Hostetter, whom he met while a student in New Orleans Baptist Seminary. Barbara was born in Roanoke, Virginia and attended Bluefield Baptist College before matriculating at N.O.B.T.S. She received the Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Music.
They have been married for 57 years and have three grown daughters: Jennifer, Shannon and Kathleen. They also proudly have two granddaughters, three grandsons and 2 great grandchildren. Together they led the largest Men’s and Ladies’ Retreat ministry in the Southern Baptist Convention. They ministered yearly to 15,000 paid registrants in 16 retreats.
Barbara and her staff conducted annual retreats all over the state of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, South Carolina, Nebraska, Indiana, Louisiana, and Washington. For 25 years she led an annual staff wives retreat in Fort Worth. She scheduled retreats several times on the campus of Southeastern Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Seminary. Barbara helps to train missionary women newly appointed by the I.M.B. and N.A.M.B. for Southern Baptists.
Dr. O’Chester is a past recipient of the Distinguished State Service Award in Mississippi given by the Jaycees; the pastor of the year award for the state of Texas in 1993 by the Mayor of Austin and the Governor. He was a member of the Mega-Church conference for nine years, and during the 1998 church year, the church baptized 378 people. In 1994, Dr. O’Chester began a “Warrior-on-the-Wall Ministry.” Every hour on the hour around the clock someone is praying for the church, the ministers and the city of Austin. There are 168 Warriors. Many victories for the church and city have been won by the prayers and faithfulness of this ministry.
Within the past few years, Dr. O’Chester has published several books and booklets: “Divorce” holds forth the principles of marriage. Other publications include: “Why Me, Lord?”, “Five Ways to Make a Marriage (or Other Relationships) Work,” “Five Steps for Getting Along With Others,” “Five Ways to Shape a Child’s Life,” “Man Shall Not Live by Bed Alone” (8 Ways to Avoid adultery), “How to Give the Master Charge,” and “Learning from the School of Hard Knocks.: In December of 1997, Dr. O’Chester completed “There’s A Lion Our There,” a book on Spiritual Warfare.
He is available for any preaching assignment and can be reached through his email account firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. O’Chester received the W.A. Criswell lifetime achievement award presented by the Baptist Convention of Texas.