Christian Ministry Major


School of Theology & Christian Ministry

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This major is designed for students called to full-time ministry in the church or parachurch setting. It provides a core of Biblical and theological courses to serve as a foundation for the student’s intellectual and spiritual development.

These are coupled with courses that prepare students for the practical nature of ministry. While this major alone does not meet ordination requirements, the student will be well-prepared for graduate school or seminary. This major is small enough to allow for a second major as well.

Programs of Study

Jessica Fleck

“Olivet was formative for my professional life and transformative for my spiritual life.  It was at Olivet where I became more aware of how important Next Generation scholarship is for the future of the church.  The school prepared me excellently for a life of ministry leadership and resilient faith.  I have had the opportunity to lead church, non-profit, and academic ministry with the strong foundation given to me by the professors and administration at Olivet.”

Leon Blanchette

Dr. Leon Blanchette, Chair, Christian Ministry

Dr. Leon Blanchette is a professor, children’s pastor, leader, speaker and author who has given his life to the service with children and their families. He has conducted extensive research and has written several book chapters and journal articles on ministry with children and families. He also serves as part-time children’s pastor at Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene.

Christian Ministry Faculty

Olivet professors have a long track record of research, practical experience and mentoring students

Our faculty go above and beyond to be more than just partners in learning and inquiry—they make the time to genuinely know you, to help shape your future.

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