Offices & Leadership


The mission of The John Leland Center is to equip transformational leaders for the global ministry of Jesus Christ. We are committed to bringing together scholars, practitioners and students from our area and around the world, who are called to this task.


About the President

Dr. Mark J. Olson has been President of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies since July 2007. Before coming to Leland in 2007, he served as pastor of five Baptist churches in Virginia and North Carolina over a period of 26 years. He believes passionately that seminaries exist to serve the local churches by preparing young men and women as Christian leaders to reach a new generation of people for Christ. Dr. Olson has also taught New Testament at Sweet Briar College and Virginia Tech and published three books, including the most recent, Romans: the Letter that Changed Christian History (Smyth and Helwys, 2003). Dr. Olson is a graduate of Wake Forest University (B.A.), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and the University of Virginia (Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity).

Mark J. Olson, Ph.D.
Board of Trustees   Ministerial Advisory Board

Arlington Campus & Administrative Offices

John Leland Center for Theological Studies
1306 N. Highland Street
Arlington, VA  22201
Office of the President Mark Olson
molson@leland.edu / ext. 201
  Shana Wright
Assistant to the President
swright@leland.edu / ext. 200
Enrollment & Development Danielle Bridgeforth
Director of Enrollment & Development
dbridgeforth@leland.edu / ext. 204
Finance Office Mel Harris
Director of Finance
mharris@leland.edu / ext. 206
  Jonathan Rider
Accountant & Student Billing
jrider@leland.edu / ext. 203
Academic Dean / Faculty John Lee
Academic Dean
jlee@leland.edu / ext. 214
  Andrey Shirin
Director of Transformational Leadership
ashirin@leland.edu / ext. 213
  John Leland Center Faculty
Registrar’s Office Andrea Bakke
abakke@leland.edu / ext. 209
Alma Hunt Library Monica Leak
mleak@leland.edu / ext. 208
  Janet Owen
Library Assistant
  Tarmo Toom
Director of Acquisitions
ttoom@leland.edu /ext. 202

Hampton Roads Campus

John Leland Center for Theological Studies
12716 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23606
Site Director John Snow
Director, Hampton Roads Master’s Program
  Susan Quinn
Administrative Assistant
Enrollment Vicki Bohannon
Associate Director of Enrollment

Southwest Virginia Campus

John Leland Center for Theological Studies
c/o Bonsack Baptist Church
4845 Cloverdale Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
Site Director Eric Spano
Director, Southwest Master’s Program
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