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.
An ordained minister, Willie Oliver holds a Ph.D. in Family Sociology; an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling; an M.A. in Sociology; and a bachelors degree 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.
Elaine Oliver holds an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; an M.A. in Higher and Adult Education; and a bachelors degree in business management and accounting. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Elaine Oliver is an adjunct professor of Family Ministries at the Adventist University of Africa. Prior to her current position she served as a university administrator and as a marriage and family consultant for several organizations.
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, the Real Family Talk column in Adventist World Online, many other articles and book chapters, and have recently published a book titled Real Family Talk: Answers to Questions About Love, Marriage, and Sex. 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 a weekly family program on the Hope Channel called Real Family Talk with Willie and Elaine Oliver.
Willie and Elaine Oliver have been married for 33 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.