About the School

Welcome to the Zinzendorf School of Doctoral Studies, the most recent development of Olivet University, initiated to advance our high calling for Christian leadership training. The name itself evokes the heart of the Doctoral programs of Olivet. Our goal has always been to strengthen and help define Christian leadership for global mission purposes.

Count Nicolaus L. von Zinzendorf (1700 to 1760) is our historical model. As the father of the Moravian movement, an early Pietist movement that added missions to the heart of Reformation evangelical theology, he and his followers defined three essential values for global ministry;

  • Commitment to personal and global transformation by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Commitment to Christian community, identified by worship, prayer, and sharing of resources.
  • Commitment to the Great Commission service, bringing "Good News" to the nations through evangelism, church planting, and social transformation.

He and his Herrnhut followers carried the Gospel to every continent of the world and likewise surrounded this enterprise with the first Protestant prayer movement. God's formula for successful mission was linked with correct theology and vibrant spirituality. This is the tradition we seek to uplift as we train a new generation from all nations of the world with the best of higher biblical education.

Consider with us the possibilities of pursuing a Doctoral degree with us. Our innovative programs will assure that you continue on at the highest level of educational impact in your service for the Kingdom of God.



Dr. Donald Tinder, Dean