Olivet existed as a small bible college from 1992 until 2000 – the year The Evangelical Assembly of Presbyterian Churches (EAPC) officially launched Olivet Theological College & Seminary (OTCS). The bible college was intended to train the denomination's ministers. OTCS eventually functioned more as a 'seedbed' for mission, however, offering multiple study centers and distance-learning to ministry-bound students all over the world.
OTCS developed quickly, necessitating several major changes to accommodate the school's diverse student body. It was broken into separate institutions, each offering different degree programs. Now, in addition to OTCS, there is Jubilee College of Music, Olivet College of Journalism, Olivet College of Art & Design, and Olivet College of Information Technology.
Olivet University's latest reorganization was supported by several key Christian agencies affiliated with the individual College divisions. These connections – some of which date back to Olivet's founding – are clearer and stronger as a result of Olivet University's current structure, especially in the areas of Olivet student recruitment and alumni employment.
Even today, many of Olivet's original founders serve on staff and faculty teams administered by Olivet University offices. Their dream is voiced in our mission statement, and is alive at Olivet University.
Olivet University is officially registered in the state of California Dr. William Wagner becomes the Dean of OTCS
Olivet University is approved by the state of California Olivet University acquires the Candidacy Status from ABHE Olivet University received permission to issue I-20 and receive international students
Olivet University is fully accredited by ABHE OTCS adds Th.M. (Master of Theology) to its program Dr. Ray Tallman becomes the Dean of OTCS
OTCS adds D.Min. (Doctor of Ministry) to its program OTCS partners with WEA Leadership Institute in launching new leadership program Dr. Don Tinder becomes the Dean of OTCS