School of Theology and Christian Ministry
Theology and Philosophy
Ph.D., 2000, St. Louis University
M.Div., 1982, Nazarene Theological Seminary
B.A., 1977, Olivet Nazarene University
Dr. Mark R. Quanstrom is the dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry, effective June 1, 2015. He also serves as the lead pastor of College Church of the Nazarene, University Avenue. Currently, he also teaches in the Department of Theology & Philosophy.
Since 2005, Dr. Quanstrom has been a full-time professor of theology and philosophy at Olivet. Currently, he teaches courses in theology and practices, including Doctrine of Holiness, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Ecclesiology, Eschatology, and Philosophy of Religion.
He is the author of two books and numerous articles. His doctoral dissertation was published in 2004 by Beacon Hill Press under the title A Century of Holiness Theology, which some consider to be one of the publisher’s landmark publications. His second book, From Grace to Grace, is an exploration of the call to holiness and was published by Beacon Hill Press in 2011.
Prior to coming to Olivet, he was the pastor at First Church of the Nazarene, Belleville, Illinois, for 23 years. During that time, he was also an online instructor for Nazarene Bible College; an adjunct professor for European Nazarene College, teaching in Bulgaria; director of the Illinois District School of Ministry; and served on the Illinois District Advisory Board. From 2009 to 2014, he was the university campus pastor of College Church of the Nazarene.
From 2003 until 2010, Dr. Quanstrom was president of Olivet’s Alumni Association and served on the Board of Trustees. He currently serves on the Chicago Central District Board of Ministerial Studies.
He and his wife, Debi (Lucas), are the parents of three sons: Lukas, married to Rachel (Studebaker), who are parents of their three grandsons, Gabriel, Reuben and Julian; Ryan, married to Emily (Benson); and Daniel, married to Kayla (Luna).