Reverend Carol Mitchell can only be described as a tried-and-true U City native. She has lived in St. Louis her whole life, but Mitchell firmly believes her church, her business, and her heart will always belong to the Olive Link. Mitchell has reason to believe it – she’s run a nonprofit day care for nearly 40 years.
Mitchell opened Kings Day Care in 1978 after receiving her degree in Education from Harris-Stowe Teachers College and her Masters at UMSL. She had not originally planned to go into the ministry, but found herself drifting toward religion with the encouragement of parents and students alike. Mitchell became ordained as a pastor and subsequently opened a church in addition to King’s Day Care. The center moved three times, but Mitchell made sure to always stay in the U City area. Finally, at the beginning of 2015, Mitchell was able to move to the 7330 Olive Boulevard location, combining the day care and church into one building.
The day care currently enrolls about 30 children from ages two – five. During most days, the students play and learn cognitive skills. On Wednesdays, they move into the church for “Chapel Day”, where they sing songs, learn about Christianity, and are given basic moral lessons. These lessons typically reflect the core of Mitchell’s teachings in her church: children are taught to be thankful, to love one another, and to always be kind.
After nearly 40 years in U City, Mitchell has now taught generations of families through her church and school. Mitchell notes with pride that many former students have found the call to ministry themselves. Some have moved as far as Israel in order to spread the word of God. Although she enjoys visiting her former students and congregation members, Reverend Mitchell knows her home is in U City.
“U City is a great place to have a church and business. It’s like a village – everybody knows everybody,” says Mitchell. “You don’t see that in many cities, where we are all working together to make it a better place for one another.”
7330 Olive Boulevard
University City, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 727-7015