Meet the Admissions Team
Greetings from the Admissions Team!
As you consider seminary studies, please know that the Admissions Team is always happy to serve as a resource to you and to answer your specific questions. We would love to meet you and hope that you'll come visit the campus or that we'll run into you.
Scott Poblenz | Dean of Enrollment Management
Hometown: Wyandotte, MI
Undergrad: Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
Degree: Master of Divinity (May 2004)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? Chemical Engineering
Favorite Class at GCTS? "Exegesis of Revelation" with Dr. Sean McDonough
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? The rich history here, especially having to do with Christianity in America, and the amazing beauty of this area.
Hobbies/Interests? Youth ministry, reading, and spending time with my family.
Why Gordon-Conwell? The time I spent with my mentor in the Mentored Ministry program here was very significant for me as I prepared for ministry. The multidenominational aspect of GCTS also stretched and challenged me and, in the end, made my commitment to my tradition more robust and rich.
Hometown: Johnstown, PA
Undergrad: Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, PA)
Degree: Master of Arts in Old Testament and Biblical Languages (October 2012)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? Working as campus staff with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) at Penn State University.
Favorite Class at GCTS? “The Old Testament in the New” with Dr. Roy Ciampa and “Exegesis of Conquest Narratives” with Dr. Tom Petter
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? The area in general. I love that I live off of a beautiful salt marsh, am 10 minutes away from the beach, a few hours from beautiful mountains and under an hour from the city of Boston and all the history, good food and great museums it hosts.
Hobbies/Interests? Reading, writing, knitting and enjoying the outdoors with my family.
Why Gordon-Conwell? Initially, I came to Gordon-Conwell because of its strong biblical language program and this reputation was overwhelmingly confirmed through the many language courses I took during my time at GCTS. While a student, though, I also came to appreciate the quality of all of the professors in their commitment to both teach and mentor students.
Hometown: Presque Isle, Maine
Undergrad: University of Southern Maine with a degree in Political Science, Portland Maine
Degree: Master of Divinity (2016)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? Working in the Admissions Office for the University of Southern Maine.
Favorite Classes at GCTS? So far I have enjoyed "Evangelism and Discipleship" with Dr. Jim Singleton, Jr. and "New Testament Survey" with Dr. Stephen Um.
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? I love
and enjoy meeting all kinds of different people here. No matter what part of the area you go to, from Connecticut all the way to Northern Maine, you will find someone who has an amazing story to match the rich history of this area. Hobbies/Interests? I enjoy playing basketball, golfing, and spending time with my lovely wife.
Why Gordon-Conwell? Gordon-Conwell offers just the right mix of academic rigor with spiritual formation necessary for what I felt was my calling into pastoral ministry. I also felt the Lord lead me here because of its wonderful location which is near Boston and close to my family back home but also far enough away where the city life doesn’t overwhelm me. Since stepping foot on this campus I have been blessed by all that God has done for me and with me while being here.
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Undergrad: The School of Urban Missions
Degree: Master of Divinity (2015)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? I was working on my Biblical Studies degree, serving in urban ministry, planning outreaches, preaching occasionally and serving in the young adults ministry of my local church.
Favorite Class at GCTS? "Dynamics of Spiritual Life" with Dr. Gwenfair Adams, "Preaching I" with Dr. Scott Gibson and "Great Preacher’s Seminar" with Dr. Jeff Arthurs.
Hobbies/Interests? I LOVE the beach, being outdoors, soccer, music, vegetarian cooking, social justice, traveling the world, preaching & teaching college/young adults, meeting new people, being with friends and family, and anything to do with Jesus and His Kingdom!
Why Gordon-Conwell? As I approached graduation in undergrad I desired nothing more than to be obedient and pursue the will of God for my life. Through the course of a couple unique encounters, the Lord made it VERY clear that he was calling me to Gordon-Conwell!
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Undergrad: Williams Baptist College (Walnut Ridge, AR)
Degree: Master of Divinity (October 2013) and Master of Theology (May 2014)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? During my final college semester, I was a supply preacher at a local church.
Favorite classes: "Exegesis of Luke" with Dr. Sean McDonough
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? The beach, mountains, lakes and cities are all within a short drive, and the culture is just as diverse as the land!
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, college football and all things Synoptic Gospels.
Why Gordon Conwell? The academic rigor including biblical languages, commitment to ministry in a local church with Mentored Ministry and the multidenominational atmosphere all informed my decision to attend.
Hometown: Edmonds, WA
Undergrad: Puget Sound Christian College (Edmonds, WA)
Degree: Master of Divinity (May 2008) and Master of Arts in Biblical Languages (January 2009)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? I answered phones for a health insurance company between college and seminary then took an intensive geography course at Jerusalem University College.
Favorite Class at GCTS? A tie between "Intermediate Greek" with Dr. Ed Keazirian and "Exegesis of Revelation" with Dr. Sean McDonough
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? The people. I love the ruggedness and the commitment to place.
Hobbies/Interests? Cooking, worship planning and music leading for my church, and hanging out with my amazing husband.
Why Gordon-Conwell? I was able to tailor an educational season that was academic and varied and also had room for many (many!) hours of ministry experience. I especially appreciated the opportunity to spend a summer visiting a theological education context in another part of the world (Zimbabwe) and praying and serving with a different arm of the global church.
Brian Craig | Student Worker
Hometown: Lisbon Falls, ME
Undergrad: Gordon College, Wenham, MA
Degree: Master of Divinity
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? Before coming to GCTS, I worked for a youth missions organization in Chicago.
Favorite Class at GCTS? "Christ in the Old Testament" with Dr. Gordon Hugenberger, "Introduction to the Old Testament" with Dr. Carol Kaminski and "Spiritual Formation" with Dr. Steve Kang.
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? I love New England! I have lived here my whole life. One of my favorite things about this region has to be our sports teams. I love watching and cheering for the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics.
Hobbies/Interests? Playing guitar, running, traveling and karaoke.
Why Gordon-Conwell? I picked Gordon-Conwell because I desired to go to a multi-denominational school. Gordon-Conwell offers a classroom experience with a variety of thought, which was exactly what I was looking for in a seminary. I also chose Gordon-Conwell because of its commitment to fostering student’s relationship with God. The Pierce Center at Gordon-Conwell has truly helped my faith strengthen while at seminary. Lastly, I love youth ministry and I chose Gordon-Conwell because of the Compass youth program, which is a summer leadership program for high school students that seminary students can work for.
Sarah Flanagan | Student Worker
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Undergrad: University of the Nations (2013)
Degree: Master of Arts in Counseling (Dual Marriage and Family, Mental Health Track)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? I was working with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in Dan Shui, Taiwan. I was staffing the School of Biblical Studies, completing a Degree in Biblical Studies with University of the Nations and loving my life over in Asia!
Favorite Class at GCTS? "Ministering to Women in Pain" with Dr. Karen Mason
Hobbies/Interests? I love being outdoors, whether it’s the beach, mountains, city or country. I’m a huge baseball fan, love swimming, kayaking, fishing, hiking, jogging and bicycling! I love to travel and explore new places, but also love being with family and friends at home. I love cooking and baking and on occasion enjoy crafting. I love my Bible and thoroughly enjoy spending time with Jesus while sitting in the sunshine!
Why Gordon-Conwell? I wanted to receive training for counseling at a school that fully incorporated Christianity into the counseling process. I am so thankful that at Gordon Conwell I can study all the different approaches to therapeutic practice while building a solid theology and incorporating that into my future practice. This school is a wonderful learning environment and I am so blessed to be here!
Charis Gillman | Student Worker
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Undergrad: University of the Nations (2013)
Degree: Master of Arts in Religion
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? I was working as a missionary with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in Taiwan. Primarily, I was working with the School of Biblical Studies, teaching the Bible, doing discipleship and preaching the gospel.
Favorite Class at GCTS? "Biblical Hebrew" with Dr. Donna Petter
Hobbies/Interests? I love being outdoors, I love warm weather and going to the beach and the mountains, hiking, fishing, playing most sports. I also enjoy playing the guitar, reading and spending time with my family and friends.
Why Gordon-Conwell? I came to Gordon-Conwell because of its strong commitment to Missions, the Church, and having a real, active relationship with Jesus Christ. I have found that this is a place where God is both greatly respected and greatly loved, and I desire that in all my studies and any future ministry that I could reflect that same respect and love of God in how I live. Gordon-Conwell has been a unique blend of head and heart challenges that I think correctly models what being a follower of God should entail, and it continues to be an honor to be a student here!