Wes Olmstead, PhD

Vice-President AcademicAssociate Professor of New Testament

Email: wolmstead@briercrest.ca

Faculty of Arts and Science


BRE, Briercrest Bible Institute, 1982
BA, University of Waterloo, 1984
MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1990
PhD, King's College, London, 1999

Areas of Specialization

New Testament (Gospels, Parable studies, Historical Jesus, New Testament literature), Greek (Koine Greek), Theology (New Testament theology)


Wes Olmstead has served on the faculty at Briercrest College and Seminary since 1989. Before coming here, he worked as a youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Drayton Valley, Alta. He has studied at Briercrest College and Seminary, the University of Waterloo, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the University of London. His Ph.D. work culminated in the publication of a book on three of Jesus' parables in Matthew's gospel. Since the fall of 2000, he has served as academic dean in the college and, since 2005, as vice-president academic. Although he teaches across the New Testament, his first love is Gospels studies. Wes is married to Faith, and they are the proud parents of two teenagers, Bryn and Brooke.

Notable Publications

  • "Matthew's Trilogy of Parables: The Nation, the Nations and the Reader in Matthew 21.28-22.14", Olmstead, Wesley G.; In The Society for New Testament Studies, Monograph Series 127, Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Memberships and Affiliations

Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)