Kent Olney

Chair of Behavioral Sciences and Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., 1999, University of Oregon
M.S., 1995, University of Oregon
M.A., 1985, Gallaudet University
M.Div., 1979, Asbury Theological Seminary
B.A., 1977, Asbury College

An ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Olney served as a pastor and professor at a state university in Oregon for several years. In 1995, he and his family joined the Olivet family.

He is the chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and teaches courses in sociology, social theory, marriage, and family. His research interests include the historical role of religion in the deaf community, and marriage and family trends.

Dr. Olney often speaks at churches and conferences, sharing his passion for strengthening families, helping young couples develop healthy relationships, and applying biblical principles to marriage and family life. He and his wife, Beth, give leadership to Marriage, Inc., a community-wide organization in the greater Kankakee area.

Sign language and the deaf community have been significant parts of Dr. Olney's life. Not only did he grow up with deaf siblings, but he has been active in deaf ministry, education, research and sign language interpreting. He has more than 20 years of experience as a professional sign language interpreter, and has interpreted at a number of religious and political events around the country.

Dr. Olney has lived and studied on the East coast, the West coast and in the Midwest. In his leisure time, he enjoys jogging, sports, travel, reading biographies, games, and studying and teaching Scripture.

He and Beth have two adult sons, Kyle and Luke. Kyle and his wife, Amber, are parents to the Olneys' two grandchildren, Autumn and Kamden.