News, History, and Events

News, History, and Events

As a Christian institution, we strive to create and promote an atmosphere consistent with the Christian faith, which encourages the student to develop his/her fullest potential, both in and out of the classroom. This atmosphere is realized through a community of students, staff, and faculty who are distinguished by their commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and to each other.

Olivet University is not only interested in teaching the student how to make a living, but rather more importantly how to make a life.

The history of Olivet Theological College & Seminary (OTCS) is deeply connected to the history of Olivet University as a whole since its first college before growing into multi college institution. The beginning was humble, but its vision and mission did not change much and are still carried on to this day.

Olivet existed as a small Bible college from 1992 until 2000 – the year the Evangelical Assembly of Presbyterian Churches of America (EAPCA) 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 fields 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, Olivet Institute of Technology, Olivet College of Language Education, Olivet College of Business, and Zinzendorf School of Doctoral Studies.

Olivet University's latest reorganization was supported by several key Christian ministries 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.

By the grace of God, Olivet Theological College & Seminary together with all other colleges made its present-day home in the heart of San Francisco. The former University of California Berkeley Downtown Extension Campus served as its main building from 2005. In 2014, OTCS moved several blocks away, and continues to offer courses in San Francisco’s SOMA district.


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