Meet the Staff

Meet the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid

Our Admissions staff view themselves as emissaries for Candler and as “servant leaders” committed to supporting you in your theological journey. They are here to help you discern your call, consider the range of academic options available and determine how a theological degree will help you serve real communities and real churches in the real world. 

Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Born and raised in the Boston, Mary Lou has lived in Atlanta for more than 20 years. She initially served as Candler’s Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services and has returned to work with students after several years as Associate Dean of Development and External Relations. She is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College (BA) and Boston University School of Theology (MTS.) A facilitator for the Stewards of Children-Child Sexual Abuse Prevention training program, she offers training for seminary students, local churches and community agencies. Mary Lou and her family are members of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, where Mary Lou is on the Board of Trustees.

Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Scott is a professional in higher education administration with most of his experience in financial aid and scholarships. He was raised in Iowa and earned a bachelor’s in business administration at Drake University and a master’s in college student development at the University of Iowa. He’s a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, where he was part of efforts to assess the effects of learning abroad on intercultural development. He enjoys spending time with family, playing sports and traveling.

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Assistant Director of Admissions

Brandon was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia after completing his undergraduate coursework at Belmont University to continue his theological education at Candler. During his time as a student, Brandon studied abroad in Göttingen, Germany through a Candler exchange program. After completing his Master of Divinity, he remained in Atlanta to work in Candler's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Brandon has worked in congregations in Nashville and Atlanta, most often with youth and young adult groups. When he's not at Candler, Brandon enjoys traveling, reading, and playing games of all sorts with friends.

Assistant Director of Admissions

A native of Irmo, South Carolina, David completed undergraduate degrees in both Political Science and Religion at Furman University in 2008.  For approximately two years after graduation, he served as a staffer in the South Carolina Governor’s Office before deciding to attend seminary at Candler.  While here, he earned a Master of Divinity degree as well as a Graduate Certificate in Human Rights, and is now excited about serving the school through his work as Assistant Director of Admissions.  When away from campus, David enjoys serving as the pastor of justice ministries at his church in East Atlanta.  An avid outdoorsman, he has also previously guided wilderness expeditions in Hawaii and tries to escape to the mountains of North Georgia as often as possible. 

Financial Aid Advisor

Lisa is from Brooklyn, New York, and is an active member of her Baptist church in Atlanta. At the office, Lisa assists students with all things financial, including debt management education, helping students find outside scholarships, overseeing student employment opportunities, and providing financial advice to current and prospective students for budget planning or crisis management. She enjoys international travel and has especially fond memories of recent trips to France, England and Costa Rica (where she spent a summer on Study Abroad). When not taking classes at Georgia State University, providing notary services or caring for her dog, Sidney, Lisa enjoys planning her next global vacation.

Program Coordinator

Born and raised in the north woods of Minnesota, Jory began her admissions experience in the Twin Cities area where she worked as an Admissions Counselor and Admissions & Enrollment Coordinator with both undergraduate and graduate programs. She is an alumna of the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in biological sciences and also studied abroad at Oxford University and the Universita di Firenze. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she moved to East Africa to work with a non-profit organization, then returned to the Twin Cities to work on a Masters in Teaching with emphasis on studies in race relations and graduate education curriculum. Jory relocated to Atlanta to join the Candler Admissions & Financial Aid team.

Admissions Interns & Student Ambassadors

The admissions interns assist the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by greeting guests, preparing applications, processing checks, hosting events and speaking with prospective students. The admissions ambassadors are a select group of knowledgeable, motivated and enthusiastic Candler students who assist with recruitment activities throughout the year. In addition to interacting with prospective students by telephone and email, they host campus visitors on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Third-year MDiv student

Jessica is from Columbus, Missouri, and is a graduate of Winthrop University. She serves as an admissions and financial aid intern.

Third-year MDiv student

Sione is from Manoa/O’ahu, Hawaii, and is a graduate of Hawaii Pacific University. He serves as a Student Ambassador and as the President of Candler’s International Student Association.

Third-year MDiv student

Jenelle is from Spokane, Washington, and is a graduate of Whitworth University. She serves as a Student Ambassador.

Third-year MDiv student

Mark is from Springdale, Arkansas, and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He serves as a Student Ambassador.

Third-year MDiv student

Katie is from Ellicott City, Maryland, and is a graduate of Elon University. She serves as a Student Ambassador.

Third-year MDiv student

Sheila is from Nairobi, Kenya, and is a graduate of Pan Africa Christian University. She serves as a Student Ambassador and is a member of the Candler Singers.

Second-year MTS student

Allie is from Johnson City, Tennessee, and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She serves as a Student Ambassador.

Second-year MDiv student

Terrence is from Wilson, North Carolina, and is a graduate of The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He serves a Student Ambassador.

Third-year MDiv student

Whitney is from Decatur, Georgia, and is a graduate of Morris College. She serves as a Student Ambassador.

Second-year MDiv student

Ruth is from Portland, Oregon, and is a graduate of Willamette University. She serves as a Student Ambassador.

Third-year MDiv student

Sam is from Bay Minette, Alabama, and a graduate of The University of Alabama. He serves as an admissions and financial aid intern and as the president of the Candler Coordinating Council.

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