In 2000, Olivet Theological College & Seminary (OTCS) was established as a ‘seedbed’ for missions, offering multiple fields of study and distance learning to ministry-bound students all over the world. It developed quickly, necessitating several major changes to accommodate the school’s diverse student body.
When Olivet University was formally incorporated in 2004, OTCS became its first and largest college alongside new schools of music, journalism, art & design, information technology, business, and language education. OTCS emphasizes innovative ministry preparation, and research in the traditional disciplines of Bible, theology, missions, history, and education.
As the University continues expanding its scope and offerings to different cities in the U.S., OTCS works hand in hand with Olivet Assembly churches and ministries to establish a robust network of extension course offerings in more than a dozen sites across the U.S. by the year 2020. Its educational approach emphasizes the integration of rigorous spiritual formation, relevant classroom instruction in traditional seminary disciplines, and the practical and innovative involvement of students in ministry work throughout every program.
OTCS has expanded in the United States from San Francisco downtown to multiple locations including the Southern California main campus in Anza, and major extensions at Dover and Manhattan, NY, Washington DC, and St. Louis, MO. As the flagship college in Olivet University, OTCS embraces a global scope of its programs, and expands its offerings into a growing number of languages including Spanish, Chinese, and Korean.
Our vision is to see a world “full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:9) In this context Olivet Theological College & Seminary mission is to expand the territory of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God by equipping ministers with sound doctrines as well as hands-on ministry skills, and driving innovation and effectiveness in Christian ministry.