Pastor Terry “T.L.” Arvie was born on October 18th, 1967 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is the seventh of eight children born to the late Rev. Hearnest Arvie and Mildred Arvie.
He accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of the Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In his heart, Pastor Arvie received his initial call from God to preach the Word at the age of twelve but did not respond publicly to this call until December 22nd, 1985.
After graduating from Lake Charles – Boston High School in 1985, he attended McNeese State University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Upon graduating, he worked in the Calcasieu District Attorney’s Office as an investigator. Pastor Arvie also received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree from the Inter-Baptist Theological Seminary in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Through God's Divine Will, in September 1999, Pastor Arvie was called to be Pastor of the Hurricane Bluff Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. Under his pastoral vision, the church built a Family Care Deacons Ministry, the P.I.V.O.T. (Positive Impression Visitor’s Outreach Team) Ministry , a Mid-Week Church School Ministry, acquired a new van for the Bus Ministry, and purchased additional land for building a new sanctuary.
After serving the Hurricane Bluff Baptist Church for over five years, Pastor Arvie knew in his heart that the Lord was calling him to “The Mount,” Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska. By the Will of God, on January 9th, 2005, Pastor Arvie officially accepted the call to become the Pastor of the Mt. Nebo MBC in Omaha, Nebraska. He was officially installed as the Pastor of Mt. Nebo MBC on Sunday, June 5th, 2005 by the late Rev. Hearnest Arvie, the Pastor of Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church, Lake Charles, Louisiana and father to Pastor Arvie, as well as one of his mentors, the Rev. Dr. Harry Blake, Pastor of Mount Canaan Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana and Vice President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated.
Recently, Pastor Arvie's God given Vision has led "The Mount” in a renovation and construction project which consisted of adding new women's and men's restrooms, updates to a multi-purpose conference room, as well as administrative offices. In addition, the following projects have also been completed under the Vision of Pastor Arvie:
Pastor Arvie has also introduced several new ministries to Mt. Nebo MBC:
- Update of the Church By Laws as well as the Church Constitution, bringing it into Biblical Compliance with the Word of God
- Creation of email addresses for church and administrative purposes
- Design, Development, and deployment of the Mt. Nebo MBC Church Web
- Automated Church Finances bringing the church into the 21st Century. This includes all administrative and fiscal reporting, as well as daily operational duties
- Implementation of the Ministry-Driven Budget
- Resurrected the Christian Education Ministry and Male Chorus
- Converted the Laymen's Movement and Mission Ministry to the Men's and Women's Ministries.
- Created the Young Matrons Ministry under the auspices of the Women's Ministry.
- The addition of seven Deacons to the Deacons Ministry, as well as the addition of several new Deaconess to the Deaconess Ministry
- Upgrade of the internal sound system, complete with recording cassettes and compact discs.
- Media Ministry
- P.I.V.O.T. Ministry
- Drama and Dance ministries
- Scholarship Ministry, which oversees the awarding of the John H. Whittington Memorial Scholarship
- Clothing, Website, and Health Ministries
- Bereavement Ministry for members of Mt. Nebo MBC who have lost loved ones
- Security Ministry for the safety and protection of the Pastor and Congregation
Since his arrival in Omaha, Pastor Arvie has been elected President of the Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference of Omaha and Vicinity, Incorporated. He has also held the office of First Vice-President of the New Era Baptist State Congress of Christian Education, and is currently Second Vice President of The New Era Baptist State Convention of Nebraska, Incorporated.
Pastor Arvie is married to the former Pamela Walker and they are the parents of six children (Krysten, Jennifer, Taylor, Terry II, Ra’Daniel, and Abigail), as well as the grandparents of Amayah.