Mount Olympus Presbyterian Church (MOPC) is located in a residential area of Salt Lake County by the east Interstate 215 beltway, near the beautiful foothills of the Wasatch Mountain range.
MOPC is a vibrant fellowship with a stated goal of becoming more passionate followers of Jesus Christ. Our thriving congregation is well-balanced in age distribution across all generations. We are a diverse community of believers. We welcome breadth in thoughts and views, and although we hold varying opinions, we are identified by our unity in Christ. Our top priority is creating an environment in which all people can become passionate followers of Christ! There are three Sunday worship services: 8:30 AM traditional service, 11 AM contemporary and a 6 PM service geared towards the unique needs of young adults. MOPC has had excellent stability in their membership and staff including the tenure of the last two pastors serving for 26 years and 14 years.
MOPC has a strong history of being a mission-oriented church. MOPC places a high priority on developing meaningful long-term relationships with the ministries that we support. Our global missions are focused on financial support to indigenous Christian ministries in Kenya, Tanzania, Myanmar, as well as sponsorship of frequent youth and adult mission trips to Nakuru, Kenya and Nassa Theological College in Tanzania. Our local missions include on-going financial and volunteer support for low-income and homeless persons, refugees, persons leaving polygamy, state-wide support for campus students through Intervarsity campus ministry, and outreach to international students at the University of Utah.
Children’s and youth ministries are exceptionally strong at MOPC. The focus for children’s ministry is to provide the foundation of Christian education for families. Sunday school classes are run during the school year with a strong emphasis on Biblically based teaching. During the Sunday school hour, MOPC offers an opportunity for parents to gather in a class called Parents Café which centers on raising children in the Christian faith. Youth ministry is robust with over 100 youth participating in weekly meetings and activities. In addition to growing the faith journeys of our youth, our program is known throughout the valley and continuously draws students from outside the congregation to discover and explore their personal beliefs. One indicator of this program’s effectiveness is that 6 young adults have gone on to seminary training in the past 15 years.
MOPC has a strong culture of continuous learning. This is evident by the participation in adult education classes in traditional and non-traditional settings. Education classes for adults are held during the Sunday school hour and during the week. Men’s and women’s ministries exist with weekly Bible studies, a Presbyterian Women’s group, and book clubs. The women’s ministry engages in annual fellowship retreats and a fundraising bazaar.
The Board of Deacons provide an effective ministry of caring for congregational members and more intensive care is provided by our Stephen Ministry program.
MOPC hosts many fellowship activities including hiking, mountain/road biking, and golfing, as well as fielding teams in softball and basketball leagues with other local churches. Our seniors meet monthly for camaraderie and social time, which includes lunch and educational programs.
Mount Olympus Presbyterian Church is located in Holladay, a city within the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. Holladay has a population of 30,697. The church is located about 10 miles from downtown Salt Lake City in a residential area near the Interstate 215, a beltway circling the city and near the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain range.
Salt Lake City lies in a high plateau basin at an elevation of 4,222 feet above sea level. Mount Olympus Presbyterian Church is situated near the base of Mount Olympus which rises to 9,030 feet. The mountains in the Wasatch Range are on the eastern side of the Salt Lake valley, extending north and south beyond the valley; they range to about 11,000 feet in elevation.
Salt Lake County is a large metropolitan area covering 764 square miles with more than 1.14 million residents, while Salt Lake City proper has a population estimated at 200,590. The Salt Lake Valley extends about 22 miles from east to west and 25 miles from north to south.
Culture and Economy
Salt Lake City is world headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Recent statistics show that under 50% of the population of Salt Lake City belongs to the LDS Church; this is lower than in the rural areas of Utah.
Of the 50 states, Utah has one of the largest concentrations of computer software firms, one of the four largest concentrations of biomedical firms, the youngest population, one of the highest birth rates, the second lowest death rate, the healthiest population, the highest literacy rate, the highest percentage of high school graduates, and the highest percentage of people with a college education.
Salt Lake City is the traditional political and commercial center of the state. Its residents are almost equally divided between male and females: 50.6 and 49.4%, respectively. The median age of citizens is 30.7 years. The estimated median household income for the Salt Lake City metro area was $79,834 in 2017 (most recent estimate). Approximately 70% of city residents are white, 22% Hispanic, 5% Asian, 2% black, 1.7% Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (mainly Samoans and Tongans).
Outdoor recreation opportunities around Salt Lake City are abundant. Within a matter of hours one can be in high mountains or red rock deserts. Utah has 13 national park units including 5 national parks. The mountains near Salt Lake receive an average snowfall of 500 inches; this is world-class snow that is unusually dry making for outstanding skiing. Nine major ski resorts, three cross country ski areas, and the nation’s only recreational ski jumping complex are less than an hour’s drive from downtown. Salt Lake City has 126 individual parks and 58 municipal playgrounds. Salt Lake County operates nearly 40 neighborhood, 20 community and 7 regional parks.
Salt Lake City is home to a world-class symphony orchestra and several professional dance companies. Professional sports are represented by the National Basketball Association (NBA) Utah Jazz and a Major League Soccer team, Real Salt Lake. There are numerous art galleries, live music, festivals, and events year-round. Recreational sports include, over 50 public golf courses, local canyons with maintained trail systems for hiking and biking, access to reservoirs for water sports, along with many other extracurricular activities.
There are 5 public school districts within the Salt Lake Valley: Granite, Jordan, Canyons, Murray and Salt Lake each with multiple elementary, middle, high and specialty schools. There are over 30 Christian schools of various grade levels including three high schools throughout the Salt Lake valley.
There are many options for higher education too: The University of Utah is Utah’s largest research and teaching university; its medical and law schools are nationally known and respected. Westminster College is one of the most prestigious private colleges in the country with recognition from Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Reports. Salt Lake Community College serves more than 60K students at 10 campus locations and through online classes. The area has online course access for continuing education, professional development and vocational trades.
Salt Lake City is known as the “Crossroads of the West”. It’s International Airport is close to the heart of the city it serves, 10 miles west of downtown, closer than nearly any other major U.S. airport, and at least half of America’s population is located within a 2½ hour flight. It is the 23rd busiest airport in North America and is currently undergoing a $3.6 billion redevelopment program; the first phase is expected to be completed in September 2020.