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.
Jill Benson | Assistant Director of Admissions
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 beach!
Hobbies/Interests? Reading, writing, knitting, running and enjoying the outdoors.
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.
Austin Gannett | Admissions Representative
Hometown: Kinston, North Carolina
Undergrad: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English ’08 and Master of Arts in Religion (Missiology) ‘13
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? Directly after college, I spent 10 months in Kenya as a missionary with SIM working in two different children’s homes and working along the coast doing Islamic outreach. Following this, I spent one year as a Fellow in the National Fellows Initiative and working as a Pastoral Assistant at my church in NC – Grace Fellowship Church – where I spent the following year as well, until I came to GCTS in summer of 2011.
Favorite Class at GCTS? NGOs and Development in Mission with Dr. Todd Johnson, Tolkien’s Apocalyptic Imagination with Dr. Sean McDonough, and The Life and Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer with Dr. Gordon Isaac
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? Fall and all that it entails (colors, weather, apple picking, apple cider doughnuts, pumpkin chai…I could keep going)
Hobbies/Interests? Spending time with my awesome wife, reading and writing, roasting coffee and drinking large amounts of it, hiking, and spending time outdoors with my dog, Penny.
Why Gordon-Conwell? I came to Gordon-Conwell because it offered solid theological studies from extremely knowledgeable and approachable professors, all within the confines of a beautiful campus with a strong and diverse student community.
Dustin Ward | Admissions Representative
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 Admission 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: Florissant, MO
Undergrad: Johnson University (Knoxville, TN)
Degree: Master of Divinity (May 2014)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? I was finishing up my last year at Johnson working on degrees in Counseling and Bible.
Favorite Class at GCTS? Dynamics of the Spiritual Life with Dr. Adams
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? The seasons (yes even winter!)
Hobbies/Interests? Going on adventures, reading and playing with my two pups.
Why Gordon-Conwell? Gordon-Conwell being multidenominational has been extremely formative in my seminary experience. It has been wonderful to learn about different aspects of the Kingdom from Christians from different denominations, countries and cultures.
Sam Rogers | Admissions Administrator
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Undergrad: Williams Baptist College (Walnut Ridge, AR)
Degree: Master of Divinity (Oct 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.
McCall Dubbelman | Student Worker
Hometown: Copperopolis, California
Undergrad: University of the Nations (May 2012)
Degree: Master of Arts in Church History
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? Transitioning back to the States and marriage after staffing Youth With A Mission’s School of Biblical Studies (SBS) in Dan Shui, Taiwan and completing a Degree in Biblical Studies with the University of the Nations.
Favorite Class at GCTS? "Martin Luther” with Dr. Gordon Isaac.
Hobbies/Interests? Traveling, painting, reading, taking walks with my wonderful husband and going to the beach.
Why Gordon-Conwell? This is a incredible place to be trained theologically and at the same time, to be mission minded, with the understanding that the education we are receiving will have significant implications for the kingdom of God! Also, the professors are awesome men and women of God who serve as great role models for us being equipped for future ministry.
Tiffany Miller | Student Worker
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Undergrad: The School of Urban Missions
Degree: Master of Divinity
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. Adams, Preaching I with Dr. Gibson and Great Preacher’s Seminar with Dr. Jeff Arthurs.
Hobbies/Interests? Whoa I have a couple lol.. 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 & family, and anything to do with Jesus & 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!
Mollie Clark | Student Worker
Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Undergrad: Wheaton College (May 2013)
Degree: Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Arts in Religion
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? Finishing up my undergrad degree at Wheaton College where I studied Bible and Theology and was involved with Young Life Ministries.
Favorite Class at GCTS? "Ministering to Women in Pain" with Dr. Karen Mason
Hobbies/Interests? Playing tennis, watching the Packers, running, hiking, and traveling.
Why Gordon-Conwell? I love being able to build relationships with the incredible students, faculty, and staff at Gordon-Conwell.