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Meet the Admissions Team

Sam Morris

Sam Morris

Director of Admissions
Email: admissions@sebts.edu
Phone: 919-761-2441
Sam oversees recruiting and admissions for both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Sam and his wife Mackenzie moved to Wake Forest in 2013. Sam holds a Master of Arts in Communication from Wichita University and a Doctor of Education in Crisis Preparedness from Southeastern. He enjoys cheering on Liverpool F.C. and spending time with his wife Mackenzie, son David, daughter Story and Duncan the Dingo.

Mark Silverthorn

Mark Silverthorn

Assistant Director of Admissions
Email: msilverthorn@sebts.edu
Phone: 919-761-2777
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
Email: mlipman@sebts.edu
Phone: 919-761-2441
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
Email: jfarr@sebts.edu
Phone: 919-761-2441
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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Aaron Ducksworth

Graduate Admissions Counselor
Email: aducksworth@sebts.edu
Phone: 919-761-2281
Originally from Hattiesburg, MS, Aaron Ducksworth and Sherelle his wife of 5 years, hailed Wake Forest home Fall of 2018. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and is currently completing a M.Div. in Pastoral Ministries. He plans to pursue his Th.M. at Southeastern in the near future. Some of his favorites include traveling, learning, music and Mississippi State Football. Hail state!

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Samantha Couick

Samantha Couick

International Admissions Coordinator
Email: scouick@sebts.edu
Phone: 919-761-2322
Samantha is a Wake Forest native. As the International Admissions Counselor she enjoys working with international students and helping them throughout the application process. She is currently working on her undergraduate degree in Global Studies. Samantha is married to Bradley, and together they serve at a rural church. Traveling, coffee, and fuzzy socks are a few of Sam’s favorite things.

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Thomas Smyly

M.Div. Admissions Counselor
Email: tsmyly@sebts.edu
Phone: 919-761-2280.
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
Email: rrenfrow@sebts.edu
Phone: 919-761-2408

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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Erica Reed

Manor House Hostess
Email: ereed@sebts.edu
Phone Number: 919-761-2713
Erica is originally from Katy, Texas, but made Southeastern home in the Fall of 2018 after completing a degree in Elementary Education at Oklahoma Baptist University. Erica is currently pursuing an MA in Biblical Counseling, in hopes of serving in some form of family discipleship. She loves to serve prospective students as they visit the campus and are introduced to Southeastern. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and game nights with her friends.

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Chandler McLean

Enrollment and Events Specialist
Email: cmclean@sebts.edu
Phone: 919-761-2246
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.

Alexa Rutledge

Campus Host
Email: arutledge@sebts.edu 
Phone: 919-761-2324
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!

Jeremy Smith

Logistics Specialist
Email: jsmith@sebts.edu 
Phone: 919-761-2296
Originally from Fort Worth TX, Jeremy graduated from Oklahoma Baptist in 2014 with a degree in Biblical Studies. Since graduating, he has worked in the specialty coffee industry in various leadership and education roles while serving bi-vocationally in worship settings. He moved to Wake Forest from Fort Worth in July of 2021, joining the team shortly thereafter, while pursuing a degree in Ethics. Outside of his work and studies, Jeremy enjoys songwriting, reading, and fitness.