Who is Harriet Edwards?
There are many facets of this lovely lady!
You now know her as the wife of Rev. Hector L. Edwards, Pastor
of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, the 1st Lady.
However, it took many years of life adventures to arrive at
this place and time.
Early childhood adventures included a loving family, five
brothers and two sisters, living in Columbus, Ohio, Alabama, and Chicago. She received her advanced studies in early
childhood educaiton at Chicago Teachers College, Lincoln College and Sangamon State University.
Precious owner of two businesses: a large state licensed day
care center nursery and Kindergarten; and a transportation service. Previously, resided in Springfield, IL; she was
employed by the State of Illinois Department of Aging as a SCSEP Consultant, as a Nursing Home Ombudsman and Program Director
of the RSVP and Foster Grandparents program.
Mrs. Edwards married Rev. Hector Edwards on November 27, 1982
in Springfield, IL at the Union Baptist Church by Rev. Rudolph Shoultz and Rev. Isaac Singleton. She moved to Joliet
in 1986 and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church until January 1989 when Rev. Edwards was called to serve as interim Pastor of
Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She is the loving stepmother of three daughters, two son-in-laws, six grandchildren and five
Mrs. Edwards served as director of the Women's Ministry; Lebanon
District Women's Auxiliary President and 1st Vice President; board member of the Joliet Christian Women's Club, Church Women
United, Midwest Christian Women Conference; Girl Scout Leader; Sunday school teacher; Lebanon District Minister's Wives
secretary; and Baptist General State MW Assistant to the Director.
Mrs. Edwards loves to read, sing and shop! She also
loves being creative and developing new ideas in floral design, sewing, painting arts and interior decorating.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will direct your path."