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.

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Sarah SoteloSarah Sotelo | Director of Admissions

Hometown: Granby, CT
Undergrad: Gordon College, Wenham, MA
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? I was the Director of Communications for The Center for Student Missions – an urban mission organization.
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? The beauty of each season – going to the beach in the summer, apple picking in the fall, sledding in the winter and enjoying the flowers of spring.
Hobbies/Interests? Spending time with my family, speaking Spanish, drinking fair trade coffee, exploring new places, finding the best tacos possible (fun fact: New England has some amazing, authentic Mexican food!) and working with my church in serving our immigrant neighbors through a ministry called Open Door Immigration Services.
Why Gordon-Conwell? Being a part of such a historically rich, diverse faith community is truly an honor. I am excited to help connect individuals with their calling for the Kingdom through a Gordon-Conwell seminary education.

Contact: sarah@gcts.edu

  Mary Coon | Admissions Processor

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.

Contact: mary@gcts.edu

Karl Wacker  Karl Wacker | Guest Services Coordinator

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Undergrad: St. Mary's University (San Antonio, TX)
Degree: Master of Arts (Religion)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? College ministry
Favorite class so far: “Basic Greek I" with Dr. Ed Keazirian
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? The weather has been a really nice change for me, because it is so beautiful here in the spring, summer, and fall!
Hobbies/Interests: Playing basketball, playing guitar, reading good theology books and trying new restaurants.
Why Gordon Conwell? The multi-denominational environment was appealing to me, and Gordon-Conwell’s reputation for academic rigor was also very appealing. Gordon-Conwell is also one of the preferred seminaries for the Anglican Church in North America, which is the denomination that I am considering joining for my career in ministry.

          Contact: kwacker@gcts.edu

Kenneth Young Daniel Montañez | Admissions Representative

Hometown: Visalia, CA
Undergrad: St Mary’s University (San Antonio, TX)
Degree: Master of Divinity (May 2017)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? I was completing my B.B.A. in Management and highly active in church and campus ministry.
Favorite classes: The Project of Reconciliation: Intersectionality, Church & Culture with Dr. Emmett G. Price III
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? The culture! From the history of downtown Boston, to the Charles River and the Boston Common, to the delicious Colombian food in East Boston, I absolutely love discovering the various expressions of history and culture in the greater Boston area.
Hobbies/Interests: Theology and migration, Latino/a studies, jazz music, playing trombone, longboarding, and trying new foods!
Why Gordon Conwell? The scholarship opportunities made Gordon-Conwell accessible and a possibility for pursuing higher theological education. Also, Gordon-Conwell was a place where I knew there would be a community to welcome and support me in my growth and understanding of theology and ministry.

          Contact: dmontanez@gordonconwell.edu

Katy Reigart Katy Reigart | Admissions Representative

Hometown: Decatur, GA
Undergrad: Gordon College, Wenham, MA
Degree: Master of Arts (Theology) (October 2015)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? Before GCTS, I was working in a local office while serving as a YoungLife leader in Hamilton, MA.
Favorite classes: Hebrew I and II with Dr. Donna Petter
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? I love the people and the landscape. New England ties run deep, and the people are authentic in their interactions and commitments to their communities. And the beauty of the New England scenery still amazes me after fifteen years here!
Hobbies/Interests: Spending quality time with friends and going on adventures! I love exploring new places, experiencing and talking about music and art, and baking and reading. I also love serving with the children’s ministry at my church in Salem.
Why Gordon Conwell? The community at Gordon-Conwell shaped my understanding of what I was learning in the classroom in profound ways. The breadth of knowledge available was exciting, as I learned more about the richness of the Word and the history of the global church than I could have even imagined. I grew more spiritually and emotionally in my two years at Gordon-Conwell than at any other point in my life, and I look forward to helping others find their own meaningful experiences in the community and in the classroom.

          Contact: katy@gcts.edu

C.J. AusmusC.J. Ausmus | Office Assistant

Hometown: Louisville, KY
Undergrad: Lincoln Memorial University
Degree: Master of Divinity
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? I was living in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area of Falls Church, VA. I was working part time at a local church along with working in the Best Doughnut Shop in D.C., District Doughnut!
Favorite class at GCTS: My favorite class, if I have to choose, at Gordon-Cowell has been either "New Testament Interpretation" with Dr. Roy Ciampa or "Systematic Theology" with Dr. Adonis Vidu
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? The fall foliage. The colors are stunning and make being indoors almost unbearable.
Hobbies/Interests: When not studying, I enjoy playing basketball, reading, and being outdoors.
Why Gordon Conwell? I chose Gordon-Conwell because it is a top-tier institution that weighs the word of God heavily and takes the calling to dig deeper seriously. It is only a benefit to be surrounded and taught by people who are passionate about what they are doing.

          Contact: admissions@gcts.edu

Larry TorresLarry Torres | Office Assistant

Hometown: New York, NY
Undergrad: Ulster County Community College & Gordon College
Degree: Master of Divinity
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? I was an undergraduate student, and I played college baseball.
Favorite class so far: Interpreting the New Testament" with Dr. Roy Ciampa
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? There are plenty of great beaches in the area, and there are great places to get ice cream.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy playing pick-up basketball, and exploring the area to see beautiful sights.
Why Gordon Conwell? I chose Gordon-Conwell because I met many alumni and I saw how well prepared they were for ministry. Gordon-Conwell does a great job of preparing future leaders and ministers to serve the Church. I wanted to go to a seminary where I would be well trained and prepared for ministry, and this is the place.

          Contact: admissions@gcts.edu

Katherine AllisonKatherine Allison | Office Assistant

Hometown: Bermuda
Undergrad: Gordon College (Wenham, MA)
Degree: Master of Arts (Theology)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? I was a student at Gordon College studying English Literature and Christian Ministries with a concentration in Youth Ministry. I was also an intern for the Gordon College Chapel Office and the Gordon College Admissions Department.
Favorite class so far: "Evangelism and Discipleship in the Local Church" with Dr. Jim Singleton
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? New England has a rich history and a vibrant academic heart. You have access to some amazing learning opportunities here which are hard to pass up. You also can’t go wrong with all the fantastic coffee shops and breakfast spots on the North Shore.
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, reading, reading. I also love exploring the North Shore and Boston and checking out new museums. I like to pretend I’m artistic on the side and love calligraphy.
Why Gordon Conwell? Training and filling your ministry toolbox as much as possible is often overlooked. Gordon-Conwell continuously impresses upon its students that they learn as much as possible and what they are learning will bring glory to God and His Kingdom. Starting with that sense of calling and urgency, with amazing mentors, are what truly make Gordon-Conwell a life-changing place.

          Contact: admissions@gcts.edu