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. 

Mary Lou BoiceMary Lou Greenwood Boice
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 intially 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.

Scott GravesScott Graves
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.

Brandon MaxwellBrandon T. Maxwell 14T
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.

Lisa ParkerLisa Parker
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.

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 knowledgable, 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.

Jessica Beverstein
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.

Sione Finau
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.

Jenelle Holmes
Third-year MDiv student

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

Mark Kimbrough
Third-year MDiv student

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

Katie O’Dunne
Third-year MDiv student

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

Sheila Otieno
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.

Allie Scalf
Second-year MTS student

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

Terrence Smith
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.

Whitney Tucker
Third-year MDiv student

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

Ruth Ubaldo
Second-year MDiv student

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

Sam White
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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