School of Theology & Christian Ministry
The diversity of experience and preparation of our faculty makes for a rich and challenging learning environment, while our varied courses of study offer a stimulating range of options from which to choose.
Serving God and Humanity
Preparing students to serve God and people in the setting of today’s Church is foundational to the mission of Olivet Nazarene University.
Students enter with a desire to serve and graduate prepared to serve. A degree from Olivet’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry is a comprehensive one that provides entry-level knowledge and skills in the areas of biblical studies, theology, philosophy and the history of Christianity, as well as practices such as Christian education and spiritual formation.
Areas of Study
Explore the Programs within the School of Theology & Christian Ministry
With several areas of study and numerous degree and certificate options within each area, the School of Theology & Christian Ministry offers the skills and opportunities to shape your future.
The Biblical Languages minor is perfect for students who desire the opportunity to study foundational scriptural documents in ways not possible in English translation alone.
Methodologies, both past and present, are introduced and utilized in order to help students comprehend the Bible’s message in its original cultural setting and to consider its implications for a contemporary audience.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Children’s Ministry is designed to prepare individuals to fulfill their call to serve children and families in the church.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or minor in Christian Education is utilized for those seeking to have a solid foundation of what discipleship means in the local church.
The Greek minor is perfect for students who desire the opportunity to study foundational scriptural documents in ways not possible in English translation alone.
The Hebrew is perfect for students who desire the opportunity to study foundational scriptural documents in ways not possible in English translation alone.
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree or minor in Intercultural Studies is ideal for students who long to expand their view of the world through the study of other cultures.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Ministerial Missions is designed for students who have a calling to have an impact on the world for Christ.
A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or minor in Philosophy is an excellent supplement to any course of study. Every person is a philosopher of sorts and studying philosophy is a great way to bring out the philosopher in you.
Theology, at its core, is the study of God and how God relates to our world. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Religion and the minor Theology are for students who want to engage in the academic study of God.
Find Your Path at Olivet
Majors, minors, concentrations and areas of study can be overwhelming. Our innovative search feature allows you to choose general areas of interest, and see which ONU program you’d like to explore.
Theology & Ministry Graduate Programs
Our programs are relevant, current, and designed to meet the needs of the adult learner.
We provide master’s degrees and certificate programs in several areas to help you sharpen your skills and advance your career, all in a convenient, accelerated format.
You’ll Be In Excellent Company
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Ways to Get Involved
There’s More to Education than Books and Lectures
That’s especially true for ministry students. Olivet offers many opportunities for students to put their faith to work.
Salvation Army Partnership
The Salvation Army and ONU partnership is designed so officers can continue the education they began at the CFOT through The Salvation Army Officer Continuing Education Program (SACEP). The SACEP equips officers with the skills needed to better serve in today’s changing communities, where they are called to serve.
Opportunities to Serve
Olivet offers many opportunities for students to put their faith to work: mission trips, volunteering and service in local churches, to name a few. In the process, students grow into the leaders the world needs.
School of Theology & Christian Ministry Faculty
Meet Dr. Charles Perabeau
Dr. Perabeau is the Dean of the School of Theology & Christian Ministry.
Dr. Perabeau has extensive faculty experience at Drew Theological Seminary, Asbury Theological Seminary, and for the past sixteen years, at Olivet as a professor of Sociology, where he also served as chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and taught in the University’s Honors Program and Ed.D. program. He is fluent in Spanish, has a passion for international missions, and has led a number of student trips to Latin America.
Center for Faith & Family
Implementing Faith in the Lives of Families
The Center for Faith & Family (CFF) exists to train, equip and provide resources for parents and caregivers to effectively pass along their faith to their children.
CFF began in 2023 at ONU with grants from Lilly Endowment Inc. for the planning and implementation of a Christian parenting program. Grant funds will be used over a five-year period to support the development of training and family resources. ONU is one of only 18 organizations to receive grants from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its Christian Parenting and Caregiving Initiative in its invitational phase.
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