Meet the Admissions Team

Larry Lyon



Phone: 919-761-2324

Larry oversees recruiting and admissions for both the graduate and undergraduate programs. As a student at Southeastern, Larry studied apologetics, theology and Christian ethics. He and his wife have three beautiful daughters, and he is overly concerned with Georgia sports teams, especially University of Georgia football.

Abby Puryear

Office Assistant


Phone: 919-761-2246

Originally from Augusta, GA, Abby and her husband Josh now call Wake Forest home. She is earning her Bachelor of Arts in Theology, and has a heart for encouraging others to explore the riches of God’s Word. Abby loves the South, pecan pie, and sunshine. One of her greatest joys is using her gift of hospitality to share Christ’s love and make others feel valued.

Casey Evans

Enrollment Officer
Phone: 919-761-2194

Casey is from Hildebran, NC. As the Enrollment Officer, he helps facilitate new student orientation and assists new students with their transition to SEBTS. He is currently pursuing both his MA in Apologetics and Christian Philosophy and his MA in Biblical and Theological Studies. He loves ice cream, doughnuts, and powerlifting.

Sean Robinson

Admissions Counselor
Phone: 919-761-2281

Sean is from Burke, Virginia and has been pursuing his Masters of Arts in Intercultural Studies since 2013. He serves as an admissions counselor to all incoming students at SEBTS and has ordered the same meal at Chipotle Mexican Grill every time he’s gone since 2006.

Chris Castorena

Admissions Counselor
Phone: 919-761-2280

Chris serves as an Admissions Counselor and is originally from Texas. He is married to Hannah and they enjoy adventures with their son Elliot. They are members at Treasuring Christ Church. Chris is pursuing a Masters of Divinity in International Church Planting (2+2 program). He loves spending time with family, eating good food and sharing laughs with friends.

Cody Padrnos

Campus Host

Phone: 919-761-2324

Cody is from Riverside, CA., and is currently studying his M.Div. in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. His wife, Aly, and two children, Carter and Sage, moved to Wake Forest two years ago specifically for the seminary. They are involved in ministry at North Wake Church.

Kate Bennett

Manor House Hostess

Kate hails from the metropolis of Dawsonville, GA. She is a graduate of the University of North Georgia with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education & Special Education and is currently being equipped through the M.A. in Intercultural Studies at SEBTS. She enjoys welcoming prospective students when they visit campus. Kate has a love for Hawaii, all food eaten with chopsticks and good music.

Shannon Battles

Marketing Coordinator
Phone:  919.761.2296

Shannon is originally from Corinth, MS and handles recruiting trip logistics for the Admissions Office. He is currently working on his Master of Divinity. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and children.

Samantha Crews

Application Data Administrator 

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Phone: 919.761.2227

Samantha is from Wake Forest, NC. As the Applications Data Assistant, she works behind the scenes processing applications for undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. She is currently working on her undergraduate degree in global studies. Sam has been able to serve in Hungary and loves traveling and trying new foods.