Willie Oliver, PhD, MA

Family Ministries Director

Willie and Elaine Oliver are directors of the Department of Family Ministries for the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters. An ordained minister, Willie Oliver holds a PhD in Family Sociology; a masters degree in Pastoral Counseling; a masters degree in Sociology; and a bachelors degree in Theology. He is the former Director of Family Ministries for the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Atlantic Union Conference, and the Greater New York Conference. He also served as a senior pastor and youth pastor in New York City, and is an adjunct professor at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. Elaine Oliver holds a masters degree in Counseling Psychology; a masters degree in Higher and Adult Education; and a bachelors degree in business management and accounting. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology. Prior to her current position she served as a university administrator and as a marriage and family consultant for the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The Olivers have conducted marriage conferences, retreats, and relationship seminars around the world. They are founders of From This Day Forward marriage conferences, Journey Toward Intimacy marriage conferences, authors of the Relationship RX column in Message magazine and the Real Relationships column in Adventist World online, as well as many other articles and book chapters. They are editors of the annual Family Ministries Planbook, and host marriage and family strengthening programs on Hope TV and 3ABN. The Olivers produce and host an award-winning weekly family program on the Hope Channel called Real Family Talk with Willie and Elaine Oliver.

Willie and Elaine Oliver have been married for 29 years and are the parents of two young adults--Jessica and Julian. In their spare time they enjoy taking long walks, beach vacations, gardening, exotic cuisines, and spending time with family and friends.