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The Office of Admissions is the primary point of contact for prospective students and their families. They seek to serve prospective students by providing information about the programs at the College at Southeastern and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, the office hosts prospective students on campus visits and works with prospective students’ applications.

Jonathan Goforth

Director of Admissions

Mark Silverthorn

Mark Silverthorn

Associate Director of Admissions
Originally from El Paso, TX, Mark completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University. After having worked a few years in College Ministry, he moved to Wake Forest in 2017 to pursue further theological training at Southeastern. He is now pursuing a Master of Divinity with a focus in the original biblical languages. He desires to help people receive the gospel and the Bible who not have access to them. He loves his wife Rachel, their golden retriever Willa, and his community here in NC. If he can serve you in any way in the admissions process, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Madeline Lipman

Assistant to the Director of Admissions
Madeline is originally from the dazzling country of Peru. While at Southeastern, Madeline is pursuing preparation for the mission field. She is grateful for the community that Southeastern has been for her while she is in the US. Her passions include hosting people in her home, trying new things, and being outside.

Jessica Farr

Jessica Farr

College Admissions Counselor
Jessica is originally from the beautiful country of Brazil. She moved to Wake Forest, with her husband Caden, August 2020 to pursue a master’s degree and be better equipped to serve the local church. Hiking, reading, singing, and going on bike rides are some of the activities Jessica and her husband enjoy doing together.

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David Rogers

MA, Graduate Certificate, Credit-Only & ThM Admissions Counselor
Born and raised in Houston, TX, David attended Texas A&M University and completed a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2016. He then worked as a Case Manager for people living with HIV for five years before moving to Wake Forest in 2021 with his wife, Sarah, to pursue theological education. David is pursuing an MA in Christian Marriage, Family and Individual Counseling in hopes of becoming a licensed counselor. David loves spending time with Sarah, doing anything outside (hiking, running, disc golf, spikeball, etc.), being with friends, and trying new foods.

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Thomas Smyly

M.Div. Admissions Counselor
Hailing from the small town of Thomasville, AL, Thomas completed a BA in Theology from the University of Mobile in 2014. He moved Wake Forest in 2018 to pursue an MA in Biblical Languages. After completing the MA, he began a PhD in New Testament that is currently in progress. He aspires to instill a love for the New Testament to fellow believers and future students. When he is not in the classroom or reading for seminars, he enjoys intricate coffee, reading fiction, travelling, hiking, and various recreational sports with friends.

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Ryan Renfrow

Ryan Renfrow

Recruiting Coordinator

Originally from Alabaster, Alabama, Ryan moved to Wake Forest in February of 2021. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Troy University and is hoping to pursue his Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry in the fall of 2021. His desire is to see people enjoy life with Jesus. He enjoys coffee shops, basketball, movies and exploring new places with his wife, Taylor.

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Chandler McLean

Enrollment and Events Specialist
A native of Fayetteville, NC, Chandler recently completed her Master of Divinity degree in Christian Ministry and plans to pursue a PhD. It is her privilege to help students explore Southeastern's role in their lives as they worship and serve Christ. She looks forward to hosting Preview Day and assisting with orientation for new students. In her spare time, she loves reading fiction and creating memories with loved ones at home and around the world.

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Alta Brandenberger

Manor House
Alta is from Lancaster Pennsylvania and came to Wake Forest in 2019. She studies at the College at Southeastern where she is pursuing a Bachelor in Global Studies and a minor in Business. Her next step is to achieve a master's in Intercultural studies at SEBTS to prepare her for the mission field. Alta desires to make the love of Christ known to others throughout the states and around the world. When not studying and working Alta enjoys traveling, hiking, and connecting with friends.

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Charlie Walsh

Logistics Specialist
Charlie is originally from Downers Grove, IL, right outside the beautiful city of Chicago. He moved to Dallas, TX in 2017 to attend Dallas Baptist University where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies. He is currently working on his Masters of Divinity in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry here at Southeastern. Charlie and his wife Jordan are grateful for their church, Christ Covenant Raleigh, where Charlie serves as a Pastoral Intern. They love coffee, reading, sports, Star Wars, and long walks with their dog, Calvin.

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Emma Hill

Enrollment Officer
From Knoxville, TN, Emma moved to Wake Forest in the fall 2021 after completing her BS in Human Services from East Tennessee State University. She is now pursuing her MA in Christian Education with Biblical Counseling. Emma loves traveling to spend time with her family and baking different sweets.

Alexa Rutledge

Campus Host 
Originally from Texas, Alexa completed a Counseling Psychology degree at Oklahoma Baptist University before settling in Wake Forest to continue her counseling education at Southeastern. She is working towards an MDiv in Biblical Counseling in hopes of serving in hospital chaplaincy. She loves helping prospective students discern if Southeastern is the place where the Lord is calling them to walk in obedience through theological education!

Camille Doane

International Student Counselor 
Raised in Georgia, Camille moved to North Carolina from Athens, GA where she spent several years serving in college ministry and completing a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Southeastern as a distance learner. She moved to Wake Forest in 2021 to begin pursuing a ThM in Missiology and hopes to join a church planting team here or abroad in a university city. She loves enjoying cross-cultural friendships, cooking and eating new foods, painting, and running.

Admissions Doctor of Philosophy

The Office of Ph.D. Studies invites all eligible persons to complete the application as specified in the directions on the Online Application page. Admission to the Ph.D. program is selective and is offered only to students who have demonstrated the intellectual ability, preparation and motivation to perform academically at the highest level. Enrollment in the program is limited to applicants who, in the judgment of the faculty, appear best qualified and most capable of using the resources that the seminary provides.

Admissions Doctor of Education

The EdD is a professional, terminal research degree with a commuter-friendly, modified residency format. On-campus time is limited to one week per quarter, with online coursework before and sometimes after class sessions. Students move through the coursework as part of a cohort, which is usually a group of 10-12 students. The cohort format provides a community of scholars in which iron sharpens iron. For more information about our Doctor of Education Degrees.

Admissions Doctor of Ministry

The program of study required for the DMin degree will take students no fewer than three academic years and no greater than six years. Entering students must understand the high level of commitment that is required to actively participate in this degree program year round for this period of time.

Distance Learning


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We in the Distance Learning office at SEBTS enjoy equipping students to serve around the globe. From the beginnings of course creation in a professor's office to advising and assisting students on course registration, Distance Learning is committed to providing an enjoyable and beneficial educational experience.
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Adam Saxon

Distance Learning Assistant Director
Adam is from Springfield, MO. He is married to Stephanie and has five children. He has an M.Div. ICP and MAIS from SEBTS and has served as a missionary in both Central Asia and East Asia.

Bryson Murry

Distance Learning Office Manager
Bryson is from Portland, ME and is married to his wife Amelia. He is a graduate of Boyce College and is currently pursuing an Advanced Master of Divinity. He enjoys drinking coffee, watching sports, and trying new restaurants with his wife.


Blakely McKinion

Distance Learning Student Support
Blakely is from Wake Forest, NC. She is pursuing her M.A. in Christian Marriage, Family and Individual Counseling with the intention of helping children impacted by childhood cancer. Blakely loves softball, coffee, and reading.

Megan Dickerson

Distance Learning Hybrid coordinator
Megan is from Conway, AR, is married to Drew, and they have 4 children. She is a Southeastern student pursuing a ThM in Theology. She enjoys coffee, reading, and time with friends.


Jessica Hessler

Distance Learning Academic Partnership Support
Jessica is from Raleigh, NC and is attending the College at Southeastern. She is pursuing a B.A. in English. She enjoys reading, music, plants, and the great outdoors.

JoLynn Hennerberg

Distance Learning Instructional Design
JoLynn is from Hollenberg, KS, and is pursuing her Master of Divinity in Biblical Counseling. She enjoys reading, rock climbing, kickboxing, coffee, and board games.

Danny Bingham

Distance Learning Instructional Design
Danny is originally from Mansfield, TX and has been married to his wife Jessica for 3 years. He is the proud stepfather of Jason and Angie. Danny loves Jesus, Formula 1, good food, and video games (in that order).

Equip Network


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Empowering local churches and ministry organizations to take an active role in the theological education of their students. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary believes that some theological education is best done in partnership with the local church. As part of the Distance Learning office, The EQUIP Network empowers churches and ministry organizations to offer accredited and accessible courses to students at the highest level of theological training. The EQUIP Network weds the seminary experience with real life ministry opportunities to provide students with the most integrative ministry training available. Students can fulfill their remaining degree requirements through our integrative online, hybrid and/or campus-based classes

Al James

Equip Network Coordinator
Dr. Al James began serving as the Equip Network Coordinator in August 2017. Dr. James also serves SEBTS as the Associate Dean of Ministry Studies and as a Professor of Missions. Originally from Jesup, GA, Dr. James served with the International Mission Board for 10 years in India and the Philippines. He came back from the field in 2001 to teach missions here at SEBTS. In addition to his various roles here at the seminary, he also serves as Pastor at Hales Chapel Baptist Church in Zebulon, NC as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Dr. James is married to Cathy, has four children, and six grandchildren. He enjoys dating his wife, spending time engaging in his children’s’ sports endeavors, and reading.

Billy Haselton
Billy began serving with the EQUIP Network in May 2022. He has long had a heart for the nations to come to know Christ, as well as burden for God’s people to develop a heart for the nations. With a background in teaching ESL, Billy has had students from almost every continent (except Antarctica). Billy and his wife, Mary Jo, have three grown children and one grandson. He and his family enjoy showing hospitality to international people and sharing the love of Christ with them. Billy and his family served in Taipei, Taiwan, for nine years as a part of Overseas Radio & Television, Inc., a Christian media ministry. He has served as Minister of Education and Missions at Glen Hope Baptist Church in Burlington, NC, and he currently serves as CareGroup Director at Open Door Church in Raleigh. Billy has taught courses in the ESL minor and the ESL certificate program at Southeastern since 2012. He is currently working on an Ed.D. in Discipleship and Mentoring to equip others to grow in their faith and in their vision for taking the gospel to the nations. 

Colleen Hall
Colleen Hall began serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Equip Network in the spring of 2020. Before coming to Southeastern, she served a two-year Journeyman term in Southeast Asia. Colleen is a member of North Wake Church and is currently pursuing a Masters of Intercultural Studies at Southeastern to learn to better serve in an international context.

Walter Bowen
Walter Bowen began serving with the EQUIP Network team in the summer of 2021. He is passionate about all nations coming to know and serve the Lord and the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry. Prior to this position, he was a Pastor of Discipleship and Missions for over six years in Arkansas. He and his wife, Purnima, have served with the International Mission Board in Africa. Together, they have been ministering to multiethnic communities and people groups for over eighteen years.


Financial and Alumni Development

The Financial and Alumni Development Office exists to connect people and resources to Southeastern in order to fulfill the Great Commission. We seek to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of Southeastern by connecting strategic partners with the mission and vision of the institution by securing the largest gift possible for an institutional priority, to the greatest possible joy of the donor for the glory and honor of the Lord.


Drew Davis

Director of Financial and Alumni Development

Michelle Ard

Associate Director of Financial and Alumni Development

George Harvey

Director of Planned Giving and General Counsel


Jonathan Vaughn

Church Relations Officer


Jessica Goddard

Development Events Specialist


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Caden Farr

Annual Giving Officer

Billy Vernon

Alumni and Church Relations Specialist

Chris Allen

Chris Allen

Assistant Director of Church & Convention Relations
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Meredith Cook

Grant Coordinator

Sofia Morales

Administrative Assistant

Tanner Keen

Alumni Relations Specialist

Financial Aid


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The Financial Aid Office exists to support the mission of Southern to equip students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission by reducing financial obstacles in order to contribute to undistracted education, unhindered ministry, and whole life flourishing. We serve students by providing information about and processing institutional, external, and federal scholarships, as well as student loans and VA Benefits. We would love to talk to you if you have any questions about financial aid.

Dave Phillips

Director of Student Resources and Financial Aid
Dave has been working in the Student Resources and Financial Aid office since 2019 and became the Director of the office in December 2021. He also teaches as an adjunct professor at the College at Southeastern. He and his wife Julie have been married for 17 years and their daughter, Annabelle, is 11. Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, Dave has lived in Wake Forest since 2013 and graduated from Southeastern with a PhD in Biblical Studies. Dave is a nerd and loves fantasy and science-fiction (especially Star Wars), playing basketball, smoking meat, and he will gladly sit down to talk about the book of Revelation.

Chris Biggers

Associate Director of Student Resources and Financial Aid
Chris Biggers serves Southeastern as the Associate Director in the Financial Aid and Student Resources office. He and his wife Jacqulyn have 8 kids and have enjoyed settling into the Durham area after transitioning from DC. Chris is pursuing his MA in Christian Marriage, Family, and Individual Counseling here at SEBTS. Prior to joining us at SEBTS Chris worked in marketing in the corporate world and served as a Special Agent in the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Chris embodies Southeastern's core value of being lighthearted so don't hesitate to stop by for a visit. Just be sure to bring oatmeal cream pies.

Patricia Chavez Yawn

Assistant to the Director and Associate Director of Financial Aid
Patricia serves as the Assistant to the Director and Associate Director of Financial Aid. Part of her job involves keeping the Director and Associate Director on task. It’s hard work. Another aspect of her job includes the ministry and employment portal. Originally from Hickory, NC, she moved to Wake Forest, NC in July 2018 to pursue a Masters in Marriage, Family, and Individual Counseling. She has been working in the Financial Aid Office since she moved here. Patricia married her husband, Dakota, in July 2021. She loves getting to know new people and especially thrives in one-on-one conversations. Her passions include talking, listening, and helping others. She also enjoys hiking, jogging, being outdoors, and trying out different taco trucks in the triangle area.

David Mobley

Military Affairs Coordinator
Originally a South Carolina native, David has lived in North Carolina since 2012. He serves the Southeastern community as the Military Affairs Coordinator in the Financial Aid and Student Resources office. David also serves as a Minister at Grace Bible Fellowship in Cary, NC, as well as a Military Police Officer in the NC Air National Guard. David is pursuing a BA in Pastoral Ministry in The College at Southeastern and ultimately hopes to serve as a Military Chaplain. David strongly believes that working out solely serves the purpose of enabling you to eat whatever you want.

Seth Hubler

Institutional Financial Aid Coordinator
Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Seth now serves as the Institutional Financial Aid Coordinator. Seth’s amazing wife Anna is pursuing a Certificate of Worship Ministry, and together they lead worship at Christ Church Rolesville. He is pursuing his Master of Divinity in North American Church Planting and has a passion for multiplying healthy churches in post-Christian environments. When he isn’t lobbing stress balls at co-workers, Seth enjoys woodworking, fly-fishing, backpacking, and pick-up sports with the buds.

Hannah Nall

Financial Aid Assistant
Hannah is a senior here at Southeastern getting her BA in Worship Ministry. Originally from Newport, N.C. (right in between Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach), she likes to sing, play guitar, piano and flute. When she’s not working, you can find her in the Binkley practice rooms, watching movies, getting a tattoo or shopping at target.

Military Affairs

Southeastern is committed to honoring the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Our desire is to facilitate your education and ensure you receive the maximum benefits for which you are entitled. In an effort to show our appreciation, we offer a military rate and process many veteran benefits pertaining to active-duty members and Veterans.

Employment Services

This resources is for students, spouses of students, and alumni looking for employment opportunities, as well as employers and churches seeking qualified candidates for open positions.



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The Registrar's office at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary exists to serve students with registration for classes, academic progress, transcript evaluations, and graduation. From students’ admittance into the College or the Seminary, until their final semester and graduation day, the Registrar’s office is ready and happy to help students as they work towards completing their degree and all its requirements.

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Trevor King

Trevor oversees the Registrar's office for both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Originally from Oklahoma, he graduated from Southeastern with a Master’s degree in Christian Studies (M.A.) and a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.). He and his wife have two daughters, and they are involved in ministry at Imago Dei Church.


Dalton Kaiser

Assistant Registrar for Graduate Studies
Dalton serves the Registrar's Office by overseeing academic records and reporting. Dalton is originally from Houston, TX, but spent the last 10 years living in Irving, TX in the heart of the DFW Metroplex. He is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University, is currently working on his Master of Divinity, and desires to do church revitalization and pastoral ministry. He and his wife McKinley are expecting their first child in early 2022 and are pursuing covenant membership at Christ Covenant Church Raleigh.

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Mary Asta Halvorsen

Office Coordinator
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Mary Asta serves as the Registrar Office Coordinator, helping students with various situations regarding transcripts, registration, and getting in contact with the best point person. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with the desire to write fictional and fantasy books that point others to Christ. In her free time, Mary Asta enjoys doing anything creative as well as spending time with her family, practicing Tae Kwon Do, and cooking up the most random of dishes.

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Jenna Burchett

Assistant Registrar for Undergraduate Studies
Jenna serves as the Assistant Registrar for the College at Southeastern. She moved from New Hampshire to North Carolina in 2016 to pursue her undergraduate in Global Studies at the College at Southeastern. She and her husband, Chad, live in Wake Forest and are part of the Oak Grove Baptist Church family. Jenna is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling and hopes to one day go overseas and minister in an underserved region. She and her husband both enjoy reading, music, and game nights and are beginner backpackers.

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Katie Hathaway

Assistant Registrar for Advanced Studies and Graduation
Katie serves as the Assistant Registrar for Advanced Studies and Graduation. She moved from Franklin, Tennessee in 2021 to pursue a Master of Arts in Christian Education. She has a background in Sport Management and hopes to serve students in higher education long term. Katie enjoys trying new coffee shops around town, hosting friends for game nights, and serving at The Summit Church.

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Will Johnston

Assistant Registrar for Academic Records and Institutional Research
Will serves the Registrar's Office by overseeing academic records and institutional research. Originally from Louisiana, he moved to Wake Forest/SEBTS in 2015. He has completed his MA in Biblical & Theological Studies here at SEBTS and is currently pursuing his PhD in Theological Studies, while his wife, Kathrynn, is pursuing her JD at Campbell Law School. He desires to change the world by playing his part in the second greatest commission of 2 Cor 5:18-19. Will and Kathrynn are members of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh and love cooking, traveling, and spending time with their church small group.

Student Success

The Office of Student Success at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary exists to offer services and provide resources to assist students in completing their degree in a timely manner. Services include academic advising, academic coaching, academic probation/suspension recovery, and overseeing the expedited readmission process.

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Chris D. Lee

Student Success Coordinator
Chris serves Southeastern Seminary and The College at Southeastern by leading institutional discussions and strategies for retention and student success. Originally from north Georgia, Chris graduated from Truett-McConnell University (Cleveland, GA) with a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies before heading out to Southwestern Seminary (Fort Worth, TX) where he completed an MA in Apologetics, an MA in Philosophy, and a ThM in Ethical and Philosophical Studies. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Philosophy of Religion at Southeastern. Chris is passionate about higher education and helping student succeed both inside and outside the classroom.

William Bowers

Academic Advisor & Coach
Growing up in Lexington, North Carolina, William has been a North Carolina resident his whole life. In 2018, he moved to Southeastern to pursue higher education through the 5 Year Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry program. When not at work, William loves spending quality time with his wife, Hannah, as well as playing disc golf, reading, and listening to podcasts. William is passionate about student success, serving in the College House System for two years, as well as a year and a half working in the Writing Center at SEBTS. He would love to help you thrive academically in any way he can!

Chandler Collins

Academic Advisor & Coach
Chandler has been a student at Southeastern since the Fall 2017 semester. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theology in May 2021, and he is now working on his Advanced Master of Divinity. He is passionate about historical theology and plans to pursue a PhD in historical theology or church history. Chandler serves his local church as the College Sunday School teacher, and he loves working in academic administration and academic development of students—working as an Academic Coach in Southeastern’s Student Life Office for three years, and now working as an Academic Advisor for Student Success. Chandler is here to assist you in your academic needs!


The Southeastern Housing Office is committed to providing adequate, affordable, safe and comfortable housing for all God-called men and women who come to Southeastern to prepare for Christian ministries throughout the world.


Regular Repairs and Maintenance
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After-hour Emergencies


Facilities management helps Southeastern steward what we have been blessed with institutionally by use of various trades. If our emergencies number is contacted for non emergency situations they will not respond to your requests. All non-emergency requests are then regular repairs and maintenance needs.


The Department of Campus Security exists to maintain a safe and secure campus environment and to protect the institution’s assets in order to facilitate Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's mission. To meet this mission, we employ Security Officers to monitor our campus 24 hours a day and 365 days of the year, including nights, weekends and holidays. Campus Security also works closely with the Wake Forest Police Department, the Wake Forest Fire Department and Wake County EMS to ensure fast responses to any needs or emergencies that might arise on Southeastern's campus.

Student Life

Student Life is devoted to comprehensive activities and programs which provide opportunities for all members of the SEBTS family. Specific activities are designed to promote physical health, social development, and personal growth, as well as fun, community, and fellowship. Announcements of specific events and programs are communicated through various campus social media outlets.

Women Around Southeastern

The mission of Women Around Southeastern is to cultivate teachable, theological, and missional women who are empowered to seek out and accomplish God’s calling on their lives, to faithfully make disciples, and to fulfill the Great Commission. Women Around Southeastern hosts numerous events each semester to promote edifying community among the women who work, study, and live at Southeastern. Women Around Southeastern is for any woman at Southeastern, whether she is a student or the spouse of a student. Visit our website to learn more.

Missie Branch

Assistant Dean to Students for Women and Director of Graduate Life
Missie Branch serves as Asst. Dean of Students to Women and Director of Graduate Life at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in NC. She is also currently a student there completing her graduate degree in Ethics, Theology, and Culture. Missie is married to Duce Branch and together they have four children. She is passionate about women seeing themselves as theologians and disciples first. Missie is a contributing author to The Whole Woman: Ministering to Her Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength and the co-host of the Women & Work Podcast. Currently, Missie is serving as the Chair of the Board Trustees at Lifeway Christian Resources.

Michelle Harrison

Creative Assistant

Michelle “Meech” Harrison graduated from the College at Southeastern in the Spring of 2022 with a BA in Christian Counseling. She lived in the Dominican Republic for nine months doing ministry and studying before coming to Southeastern. Michelle enjoys basketball, reading, traveling, being active, and is a fan of Spider-Man. Her favorite books are The Book Thief, To Kill a Mockingbird, Unbroken, and The Caine Mutiny.