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Jonathan Goforth

Jonathan Goforth

Director of Admissions
Email: jgoforth@sebts.edu
Phone: 919-761-2413

Mark Silverthorn

Mark Silverthorn

Associate 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: 919-761-2283
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
Email: david.rogers@gmail.com
Phone: 919-761-2281
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
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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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.

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Emma Hill

Enrollment Officer
Email: emma.hill@sebts.edu
Phone: 919-761-2295
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.

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Charlie Walsh

Logistics Specialist
Email: cwalsh@sebts.edu
Phone: 919-761-2384

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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Camille Doane

International Student Counselor
Email: cdoane@sebts.edu
Phone: 919-761-2322

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.

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Alta Brandenberger

Manor House
Email: abrandenberger@sebts.edu
Phone: 919-761-2713

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.

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!

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