The ministry of Overseas Council began as the vision of a group of businessmen.

While attending a building dedication of the Seoul Theological Seminary (STS) in South Korea in 1974, a group of businessmen from Indianapolis learned that many students lacked the capacity to pay for their studies. The group returned home, determined to raise scholarship funds for these students, and Overseas Council was born. Over the next decade, the scope of OC’s ministry expanded and at various times has included infrastructure projects, research, consulting, and focused training for seminary leaders to improve their institutions. What began as a focus on helping one seminary in South Korea, expanded to include over 100 evangelical schools in 70 countries.  

In 2017, after much prayer, the OC Board unanimously voted to ensure a stronger ministry future by merging with United World Mission. We believe that the combination of OC with UWM is the most strategic way to advance God’s kingdom, through the equipping of Christian leaders, from the grassroots to the classroom. OC’s identity and mission continues unchanged, now as a flourishing ministry of UWM.