“If your concern is to get young people into the churches or on the mission fields, the greatest enemy other than Satan himself is educational debt, because there are far too many young people graduating who are slaves to that debt when they need to be unfettered slaves to Christ.”


Albert Mohler





About Us & Ministry Houses

Hosts, Helen and Doug Oliver served as support missionaries in the Colombian jungle with Wycliffe Bible Translators.  Doug was a math and science teacher at a school for Wycliffe missionary children.   Helen worked in publishing.

We have shared our home with students for years.  Our main house is in a stable tree-lined neighborhood - Old Orchard - just 3 blocks from the University of Toledo campus. We have two other ministry houses within blocks of UT for students.  We want to open our homes to help students seeking both a secular college degree and ministerial certification in the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Our goal is for you to to reach your goals - DEBT FREE!

Doug is a professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at UT.  He has also taught at Taylor University and Grove City  College and serves as an Elder at Toledo First Alliance Church (FAC) in Toledo.

Helen is a dental hygienist and works in women's ministries at FAC.


MSP Courses

  • MSP 101: Church Ministry I

  • MSP 102: Inductive Bible Study

  • MSP 103: New Testament Survey

  • MSP 104: Old Testament Survey

  • MSP 105: Disciplemaking

  • MSP 201: Church Ministry II

  • MSP 202: Introduction to Theology

  • MSP 203: Alliance Polity Course Part 1

  • MSP 204: Alliance Polity Course Part 2

  • MSP 205: Romans

  • MSP 206: Expository Preaching

  • MSP 301: Church Ministry III

  • MSP 302: Life of Christ

  • MSP 303: Raising Leaders for the Harvest

  • MSP 304: Alliance Strategies in Mission

  • MSP 305: The Leadership Opportunity

Earn a low-cost degree from a reputable state university - University of Toledo (UT).   UT offers low-cost degrees in most traditional disciplines.  It is well known for its pharmacy program and co-op engineering program - where you earn as you learn.

100% Tuition scholarship for the Christian and Missionary Alliance's (C&MA) Ministerial Studies Program (MSP) where you earn the academic portion of ministerial credentials for the C&MA.

Free Housing Near UT

Potential for a Paid Ministerial  Internship

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So what is the deal?

You Get:

  • Free housing a few blocks from UT.

  • 100% tuition scholarship for the MSP.

  • Mentoring for ministry with Dr. Kirk Schneemann (Pastor of FAC).

  • Mentoring in academics with Dr. Doug Oliver (Professor Emeritus UT).

  • Intentional Christian community.


  • Sufficient progress each semester toward a bachelor's degree and towards completing the MSP.

  • A personal commitment to avoid further student loans.

  • Church attendance with a participating C&MA church.

  • 5 hours per week of approved Christian ministry (e.g. CRU, Young Life, congregational work, etc.)

  • Eat evening meals together regularly.

  • Be a good house-partner.

  • Behavior that fits one called by God into His ministry.

Contact: douglas-oliver@bex.net (input subject of "Debt-Free MSP/UT")

You don't need to be an OHIO resident.  We can work with you to establish Ohio residency while you work on the MSP.   Depending on your situation, you can creatively further your college education inexpensively while establishing eligibility for in-state tuition.