About OTCS

Olivet refers to the Mount of Olives, a historic site in ministry of Jesus named for the olive trees that covered its slopes. The emblems of Olivet – the olive tree and the oil from its fruit – represent the world of peace and eternity proclaimed by Jesus Christ.

The hope for that world is embedded in Olivet Theological College & Seminary. Our purpose is to raise biblical scholars and leaders through a comprehensive program of academic study and spiritual training in faith and theology. The curricular program also balances theoretical and practical learning to encourage the application of scholarship.

These and other components of the learning experience at OTCS are an intentional effort to educate a generation of Christian leaders prepared to preach the Gospel in today's context of mission, and to advance the world proclaimed by Jesus Christ.

Our Vision

Our vision is born of God's enduring hope for a world that is "full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah 11:9). The fulfillment of this vision inspires, orients, and defines the work of this institution.

Our Mission

Olivet Theological College and Seminary as part of Olivet University is an institution of biblical higher education dedicated to training ministry-bound men and women as biblical scholars and leaders, and to equipping them with the practical skills to preach the Gospel effectively into and after the ‘network generation’ – thus priming them to revolutionize the world through Christian mission.

Our Distinctiveness

Olivet Theological College & Seminary students become fishers of men when they experience an evangelistic emphasis in class, chapel twice a week, and retreats twice a year. Our students experience these learning opportunities under the direction of faculty members with real experience in preaching and ministering. Through interaction with other students and faculty, amidst the many faith-centered opportunities to serve, we believe the students receive the training coveted by every Christian who has considered working in mission and ministry.

OTCS faculty are passionate for their work. Although all faculty members are highly distinguished in their fields, they are chosen mainly for their personal interest in Christian work, rather than for credentials. Faculty are constantly seeking ways to extend their hands to help students beyond the basic commitment in the classroom. The commitment that OTCS professors have towards students is a key to the success of our programs.

OTCS is a Bible college & seminary. It is committed to a biblical philosophy of education, and is concerned with the spiritual development of students. It seeks to broaden and deepen the educational foundation of students through a core of general studies. It also focuses on training that leads to church-related vocations. As a Bible college & seminary with faith-inspired scholarship and vision, we prepare students to become ministers and missionaries with an in-depth knowledge of God's written Word and a vision of world evangelism.

"Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul." (Psalms 66:16)

Dean Gebhardt has an ambitious plan of consolidating OTCS as Olivet University’s flagship school by networking it with partners in every major city around the world.

Ministering into the Network Generation

OTCS trains pastors and missionaries going into the centers of today’s world. Read More… (Link to “OTCS Stories”)

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From Small Bible College to Full-blown University.

OTCS formed the seedbed for Olivet University. A growing number of colleges and alumni in various walks of life testify to the blessing of God.

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Sharing With Gods People.

In a new initiative OTCS partners and supports with churches around the world founding new seminaries where none have been before.

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