Meet the Office of Student Life

Allison Henderson profileAllison Henderson-Brooks
Assistant Dean of Students

As head of the Office of Student Life team, Allison Henderson-Brooks works to ensure that programs supporting Candler’s students and community life address the needs of a diverse student body, both on campus and online.

Allison is a proud alumna of Spelman College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and of Candler, graduating in 2019 with a Master of Divinity.  She is a 4th generation licensed and ordained minister in the Baptist tradition. During her time at Candler, she served as President of the Baptist Students Association and worked with its co-sponsors to ensure that all graduates were either licensed or ordained upon graduation. In addition, she was honored to serve as the Senior Class Committee Co-Chair fueling the efforts for one of the most successful class giving campaigns in Candler’s recent history. Among these amazing opportunities, she was blessed to serve as an Arthur Vinings Davis Fellow working with Lee Arrendale State Prison, the largest women’s prison and in the inaugural cohort of the Westside Fellows Summer Internship. Her work with these entities continues to the present day. Lastly, she was honored to serve as a program assistant for the  James T. & Berta R. Laney Legacy program in Moral Leadership under the exceptional leadership of Dr. Robert Franklin and Dr. Letitia Campbell.

Prior to joining Candler as a staff member for the Doctor of Ministry program in 2019, she successfully mastered the art of hospitality in the disciplines of Performance Analytics, Operations Management, Systems Implementation and Revenue Management Systems within three of the world’s iconic hotel brands having been recognized globally for these contributions.  


Quentin SamuelsQuentin L. Samuels
Associate Director of Student Life

Quentin Samuels works alongside the Assistant Dean of Student Life to develop and execute community-centered engagement opportunities for Candler Students. In addition, Quentin oversees the OSL student staff and advises student leaders and programs. His work also includes collaborating with other school and institutional partners to plan and execute signature events for Candler. Moreover, he provides leadership and support for the design, execution and evaluation of new and existing OSL programs and projects. Quentin’s ethos is centered on acknowledging the whole person and respecting diversity. He works to create relationships with students that are meaningful to their entire seminary experience. His work related to diversity and race relations has been transformative to the Candler community.

Prior to his work at Candler, Quentin was the Campus Outreach and Ministry Coordinator at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, from which he was graduated with a degree in Business Administration. His work at Candler has come full circle, as he is also a 2011 graduate of Candler where he served as Black Student Caucus President, Co-Chair of the Senior Class Gift Committee as well as a student representative for PAPC.

Quentin has a deep love for music, media, the arts and culture. He is the co-host of a podcast called We Come as Equals focused on everyday people having extraordinary conversations. He believes at the center of every artistic expression is a meaningful measure of the Divine.  

Community and Spiritual Life Coordinators  

Will FreemanWilliam Freeman

William is a third-year MDiv student from Texas. After being raised in Allen, north of Dallas, he moved to College Station, Texas, to study Philosophy and Communication before moving to Atlanta. In his time at Candler, he has taken an interest in the intersection of Theology and Continental Philosophy and is hoping to further his education with a PhD centered around this intersection. In addition to working in the Student Life office, William does research for Dr. John Snarey on William James's The Varieties of Religious Experience. At the end of the day, William's heart is for transforming the educational experience; whether it is through studying and researching education on a theoretical level or putting that into practice by engaging with the lives of students, teachers, and staff.

 

Michelle JiangMichelle Jiang

Michelle Jiang is a third-year student at Emory University's College of Arts & Science where she is pursuing a degree in Economics. She is currently a member of Emory’s Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Activists (APIDAA), advocating for Asian and Pacific Islander American communities at Emory and in the Atlanta area. As a result of her experience with APIDAA, Michelle has developed a passion in using media content to increase civic and community involvement. In the Office of Student Life, she continues to develop her digital media skills. In her spare time, you can find Michelle trying to solve crossword puzzles, drinking boba, and traveling.

 

Queen-Jonafa-Headshot.pngQueen Jonafa' Tervalon

Queen Jonafa' Tervalon is a second-year student at Candler. She is studying the relationship between religious women of the African diaspora and social movements. She plans to become president and provost at an HBCU. In the meantime, she will continue to post on her religion and culture blog, The Sol Force.

 

Junmey-Headshot21.pngJunmey Wang

Junmey Wang is a second-year Master of Divinity student. She was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is an international student who spent time in Pennsylvania and California, and now, learning and being in graduate school at Candler. Junmey enjoys being in the sun and with nature. She also loves relationship-making, community-building, and sharing meals together.

 

Allie WilliamsAllie Williams

Allie Williams is a third-year Master of Divinity student from Brevard, North Carolina. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a major in Health & Exercise Science and minors in Spanish and Dance. After graduating, she traveled the world: volunteering on llama farms, in permaculture gardens, and in hostels, and receiving her yoga teaching certificate. Through her experiences, Allie has developed a deep interest in healing through practices of spirituality and embodiment. She currently works as a postpartum doula in the Atlanta area and dreams of furthering her investigation of the intersections of faith, health, and education through the practice of midwifery. In her free time Allie loves to hike, explore nature, travel, dance, bake bread, and cuddle up with her cat, Theo.