The founder and inaugural president of Olivet University is Dr. David Jang, a professor of Systematic Theology who has dedicated his life to saving souls by sharing the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As an inspiring pastor and innovative leader, Dr. Jang helped establish ministries and outreaches all around the world. He has been recognized as an influential spiritual leader who has advised, taught, and encouraged international ministers to faithfully serve God’s church.
The vision cast by Dr. Jang, to establish formal theological training to prepare young men and women to transform the world through Christian mission, has resulted in a University that continues to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
Starting off in a humble basement office in downtown San Francisco, Dr. Jang led Olivet University to quickly align itself with the needs of the Great Commission and the worldwide Christian community by adding a number of schools to its flagship school, Olivet Theological College & Seminary: Jubilee College of Music; Olivet College of Journalism (today also known as Olivet School of Media & Communication); Olivet College of Art & Design (today also known as Olivet School of Art & Design); and Olivet Institute of Technology.
During this time, he was instrumental in the area of key partnerships, particularly with Olivet's Global Partner the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), where Dr. Jang also serves as a board member on the WEA North American Council. In 2010, Olivet's collaborative relationship with the WEA, which represents over 600 million Christians, produced the World Evangelical Alliance Leadership Institute, providing quality leadership development programs for WEA leaders all over the world.
Dr. Jang’s commitment to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ had led him to empower communities through serving positions such as:
- Founder and International President of Olivet University (OU)
- Professor of Theology of Olivet Theological College and Seminary (OTCS)
- The 88th President of Denomination General Assembly for the Presbyterian Church in Korea
- Founder of Christian digital news companies: Christian Today, Christian Daily Korea, and Christianity Daily
- Founding Team Member and Former Senior Advisor of The Christian Post
- North American Council Member of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)
- President of Holy Bible Society (HBS)
By the time Dr. Jang founded Olivet University, his years of grassroots mission work on foot and through digital media had carried the good seed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to many far-reaching corners of the world, including places hostile to Christian faith.
In 2006, Dr. David Jang decided it was time to pursue his passion for mission-field work full time. Completing his term, he handed over the presidency to travel throughout the world and mentor a growing number of Christian leaders.
The thankful result was a harvest of men and women devoted to God and working together for the Great Commission to "go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19).
Dr. David Jang is happily married to Sarah Lee. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology. Together they have raised two sons John and Joseph, and are proud grandparents to a granddaughter Hannah and grandson Paul.
For more information, please visit davidjang.org