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Meet the Directors

Willie and Elaine Oliver are directors of the Department of Family Ministries for the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters since June 2010.

Elaine Oliver is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) by the National Council on Family Relations. She holds Masters degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Counseling Psychology, and Higher and Adult Education; and a BS in business administration and accounting. Elaine Oliver is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.

An ordained minister, Willie Oliver is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) by the National Council on Family Relations. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology with concentrations in Gender and Family and Social Stratification; an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling; an M.A. in Sociology; and a BA in Theology. He is an adjunct professor of Family Ministries at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, and of the Adventist University of Africa. Willie Oliver is the former Director of Family Ministries for the North American Division, the Atlantic Union Conference, and the Greater New York Conference. He also served as a lead pastor in New York City, and currently serves as pastor for families at his local church in Washington, DC.

The Olivers have conducted marriage conferences, retreats, relationship seminars, and leadership training conferences 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, the Real Family Talk column in Adventist World Online. They are editors of the annual Family Ministries Planbook, and authors of two books, Real Family Talk: Answers to Questions About Love, Marriage, and Sex, and Hope for Today’s Families—the world missionary book for 2019. The Olivers also produce and host a weekly family strengthening program on the Hope Channel called Real Family Talk with Willie and Elaine Oliver.

Willie and Elaine Oliver have been married for 35 years and are the parents of two adult children—Jessica (married to Larry Hundley) and Julian. In their spare time, they enjoy taking long walks, beach vacations, gardening, exotic cuisines, and spending time with family and friends.


Elaine Oliver

Elaine Oliver is Associate Director of the Department of Family Ministries for the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters since June 2010. She holds an M.A. in Cl…

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Willie Oliver

Willie Oliver is Director of the Department of Family Ministries for the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters since June 2010. An ordained minister, Willie Oliv…

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