Rev. Dr. Michael A. Jolla serves as senior pastor of The “Exciting” West End Baptist Church of San Antonio, Texas. Prior to this assignment, he served as the senior pastor of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Greenville, Texas for fifteen years. Dr. Jolla is a native of Weyanoke, Louisiana. His under undergraduate work was done in Louisiana at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
In 1990, he accepted the call to ministry under the leadership of Dr. Barry A. Jackson at the Munger Avenue Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas and Dr. C. L. Rainey, Pastor of the Northside First Baptist Church, Garland, Texas. His Christian studies were conducted at Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas, where as an honors graduate, he earned his Master of Divinity (MDiv) with special emphasis in pastoral care and Christian Education; and in 2009, earned the Doctorate of Ministry (DMin), with honors from Baylor University, Truett Seminary. Dr. Jolla has been accepted as a member of Theta Alpha Kappa Religious Studies Honors Society.
Pastor Jolla continues to be a vessel used by God as he is blessed to serve in various capacities on the national, state, and local affiliations. He is chair of the board of Trustees for the Guadalupe Missionary College, San Antonio. In addition to teaching pastors and lay persons in the North Texas area, Dr. Jolla is the Treasurer for the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America; Pastor Jolla is a national instructor and writer for the National Baptist Sunday School and Baptist Training Union (R. H. Boyd Publishing, Nashville, TN. Dr. Jolla is secretary of the S. A. Pleasant Institute of the Missionary General Baptist Convention of Texas and one of the vice president of the MBGCT State Congress of Christian Workers. He is also one of the writers in a collection of sermons published, resulting from his studies at the Georgetown College of Oxford, England.
His commitment to training others and providing pastoral care, and service to others comes quite natural for Pastor Jolla. His untiring and loving efforts in the Greenville community is plausible as he is the first African American to receive the key to the city; and the first Pastor to receive the NACWC Darcus Club’s Humanitarian Award among many other awards for his humanitarian efforts.
For the last twenty eight years he has been the owner of J’ Le Beautique, Men’s Fine Clothing boutique. His commitment to serving God is best described in the words stated by Jesus Christ as He taught His disciples and the multitude in the Sermon on the Mount “But seek first his kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33, TNIV).” He continues to seek God’s will for His life.
On May 20, 1989, the Lord blessed in a magnificent way, as he was united in Holy Matrimony to the dynamic Sandra Reese Jolla, a native of Montgomery, Alabama. The Lord has blessed this Holy Union with the birth of two beautiful daughters, Brasha Jibrel -22 and Brianna Michelle-20.
To God be the glory for the wondrous things He has done in my life and my family’s life!