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.

Richard LandersThe Rev. Richard Landers
Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment 

Rich is an ordained American Baptist minister who has served churches in New York state, Chicago and metro Atlanta. As a pastor, he has developed creative educational programs and supervised recent seminary graduates in a Transition-into-Ministry residency program funded by The Lilly Endowment. Born in Kansas, Rich grew up in Brazil in the cities of Belém and Rio de Janeiro, where his parents were missionaries and theological educators. Rich's wife, the Rev. Dr. Andrea C. White, teaches theology at Candler.

Brandon MaxwellThe Rev. Brandon Maxwell
Assistant Director of Admissions

Brandon is a native of Nashville. He is a graduate of Belmont University where he earned a BBA in Business Management and a BA in Christian Leadership, and will complete his Master of Divinity degree in May 2014. Brandon, a licensed and ordained Baptist minister, has worked in congregations in Nashville and Atlanta, and is committed to working with youth and young adults—particularly African American young men. Most recently, Brandon spent a year abroad in Göttingen, Germany, as part of Candler’s international exchange program. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, reading and playing games—card games, board, games, video games, you name it!

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
Second-year MDiv student

Jessica is from Columbia, Mo., and is a graduate of Winthrop University. She serves as both an admissions intern and ambassador.

Aaron Carr
Second-year MDiv student

Aaron, a graduate of Samford University, grew up in Atlanta. He serves as an admissions ambassador.

Clair Carter
Second-year MDiv student

Clair is a graduate of Oglethorpe University. She is from Shreveport, La., and serves as an admissions ambassador.

Peter Habib
Junior, Emory College

Peter grew up in Florida and Georgia, and is an international studies major at Emory College. He serves as an admissions intern.

Jenelle Holmes
Second-year MTS student

Jenelle, a graduate of Whitworth University, is from Spokane, Wash., and serves as an admissions ambassador.

George Kernodle
Second-year MTS student

George is from Burlington, N.C., and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. He serves as both an admissions intern and ambassador. His wife, Zoey Jordan Kernodle, is a second year MTS student as well.

Mark Kimbrough
Second-year MDiv student

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Mark is from Springdale, Ark. He serves as an admissions ambassador.

Leah Michalove
Sophomore, Emory College

Leah is a sophomore at Emory College studying Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology. She grew up in the Atlanta area. Leah serves as an admissions intern.

Katie O'Dunne
Second-year MDiv student

Katie, a graduate of Elon University, is from Ellicott City, Md. She serves as an admissions ambassador.

Lawrence Waters
Third-year MDiv student

Lawrence is from Boston. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and serves as an admissions ambassador.

Sam White
Second-year MDiv student

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Sam is from Bay Minette, Ala. He serves as both an admissions intern and ambassador.

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