Dean’s Welcome

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

Welcome to Olivet Theological College & Seminary, a place where you can find answers to your life questions from the Bible, the Holy Word of God. We are here to equip Christian men and women holistically to be bold witnesses of Jesus Christ who died for us on the cross to redeem our sins and gave us the hope of eternal life.

We believe that the world today needs to know Scripture more than ever before. Only by studying the Bible can we resolve all misunderstandings about God, rebuild our relationships, and restore every single individual in His holy light. Our seminary stands on the firm foundation of the Holy Scripture, which can only be fully revealed by the Holy Spirit, but not by the rationality of man. 

“God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.” (Ephesians 1:17-18)

We are standing upon the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints through the apostolic age until now. During your study in OTCS, we will walk you through the past 2,000 years of Church history. Take the baton from the saints to continue your ministry with love for Christ Jesus and the purest heart for the glory of God.

We sincerely pray you to be equipped as faithful servants in all the ways He has called and is calling you to. Amen.

Academic and Administrative Leadership

Dr. Matthias Gebhardt
University President

Dr. Joseph J. Lee
Dean for Academic Affairs

Mr. Mark Li
Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Walker Tzeng
Chief Operating Officer, Chaplain
Dean of Olivet Institute of Technology

Dr. Nicole Enke
Dean of Students

Dr. Sarah LaFleur
Dean of Olivet Theological College & Seminary

Dr. Merril Smoak
Dean of Jubilee College of Music

Dr. Joan Carter
Dean of Olivet School of Art & Design

Dr. Jasmine Park
Dean of Olivet School of Language & Education

Dr. Donald Tinder
Dean of Zinzendorf School of Doctoral Studies

Dr. Tom Cowley
Dean of Olivet Business School
Director of Doctor of Ministry Program
Director of the Institute of Faith and Family

Dr. William Wagner
Director of Olivet Institute for Global Strategic Studies

Dr. Joseph Ray Tallman
Director of Olive Branch Institute of Islamic Understanding



Olivet Theological College & Seminary 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 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.


OTCS work independent from other colleges in Olivet University, but are embedded in its larger umbrella. Strategy, resources, mission as well as vision and the commitment to biblical truth and academic excellence are shared among them all.