Administration and Staff

We Are TKU


TKU would not be the diverse institution that it is, without our extraordinary faculty and staff. Take a moment to meet our team.

Office of the President


Dr. John Spurling

President

Senior Leadership


Ashley Green, CPA

VP of Business Administration and CFO

Charles Scott

Vice President of University Relations

Daniel Davis

Academic Dean

Dr. David Cole

Chief Academic Officer | Dean of Hayford School of Graduate Studies

Linda Rinn

Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness

Rhonda Davis

Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Development

Executive Leadership


Barbara Storie

Associate Registrar

Brian Downey

Director of Non-Traditional Education

Bryan Chambers

Director of Advancement

Courtney Widelitz

Associate Director of Admissions

Dr. Bobbi Stringer

Director of Assessment

Dr. Cassie Reid

Director of Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

Dr. Chris Wilder

Director of Bachelor of Biblical Counseling

Dr. David Rudolph

Director of Messianic Jewish Studies

Dr. Frank Markow

Dean of Distance Education

Dr. Jon Huntzinger

Distinguished Professor of Bible and Ministry

Ed Kerr

Director of Music and Worship Studies

Eric Scott

Associate Director of Campus Ministry

Esther Kuhn

Director of Information Management

Jovan Overshown

Director of Marketing and Communications

Megan Spurling

Associate Director of Student Activities

Michael Keith

Creative Services Manager

Sharon Humphrey

Registrar

Stephanie Lerohl

Senior Assistant to the President and Associate Director of University Executive Relations

Tonya Major

Director of Student Success

Tracey R. Lane

Director of Library Services

Travis Termin

Director of Financial Aid

Tyler Maxey

Director of Admissions

Staff


Alicka Cullison

Student Success Coordinator

Alicka Cullison


One thing to remember about me is that I am an avid consumer of all things coffee. Spending time traveling around the world is something I treasure. Besides that, my heart is to speak life, joy, and vision over people and their callings. I desire to encourage people to grow in their identity and pursue Jesus in every facet of their life. I am truly thankful to work at TKU. The desire our staff and faculty have for students to know their God-given purpose is amazing.

Contact

alicka.cullison@tku.edu | 817.722.1760

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Allen T. Gutierrez

Office of the Registrar Assistant

Allen T. Gutierrez


“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might,” has had a whole new meaning since coming to TKU.  For me, working here is redemption in every sense of the word.  What I love most about this ministry are the people I get to work with. When I’m not in the office, you can find me in a hot yoga room, a coffee house reading, or practicing vocals or the flute. As far as family goes, I have a Siberian Husky-mix named Maddox Bartholomew.  I have been a member of Gateway Church for five years and am actively involved in Gateway Worship Choir and Performing Arts.

Contact

Allen.Gutierrez@tku.edu | 817.722.1740

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Angela Pruis

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Angela Pruis


I love a good adventure. When my husband Joshua and I packed up our lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and relocated to Texas so that he could pursue his M.Div. at TKU, we knew the Lord was calling us both to this place. A year after moving, I was overjoyed to join the TKU staff family and to have the chance to really get in on the adventure. When I’m not wordsmithing, I love trying new recipes, scouring thrift stores for treasures, and playing board games with friends (read forced family fun). Really though, I believe that all of us as believers are on a grand adventure with the greatest Creator of all time, and I am honored and humbled to take part in telling the TKU chapter of His story.

Contact

angela.pruis@tku.edu | 817.722.1636

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Bethany Peterson

Administrative Assistant

Bethany Peterson


I am passionate about learning, discipleship, leadership and orphans. I just recently graduated from Oral Roberts University with my Masters of Divinity. A few of my favorite things to do are spending time with friends and family, watching movies, rock climbing, cycling, and traveling around the world. One of my favorite Scriptures is Psalm 27:8, “My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘LORD, I am coming.’” The best thing about working at TKU is that I get to be a part of influencing the next generation of leaders.

Contact

bethany.peterson@tku.edu | 817.722.1619

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Bree Empkey

Human Resources Assistant

Bree Empkey


I absolutely love working for TKU! I am passionate about leading people to the voice of God and allowing them to have an encounter with Jesus. I find so much joy in walking each person down a journey of freedom while discovering more about their Creator. When I am not in the office, I am usually hanging out with my fiancé, family and friends. I feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing TKU family as the staff and students bring me so much joy in every area of my life.

Contact

bree.empkey@tku.edu | 817.722.1665

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Danel Mason

Student Development Assistant

Danel Mason


I love students and I love student leadership. I graduated from Tarleton State University in 2011 with a 4.0 in student involvement, ha! I did actually graduate with a communications degree and had hopes to get back to higher education, one day. Little did I know the direction the Lord would take me. When I got the call about an opening in student development at TKU, I knew the Lord had heard my prayers. It is such an honor even to be a small part of the college chapter of these students’ lives. When I am not working, I love a good book or new song. Words truly speak to my soul! (Hint: It is my love language.) I believe God has created the most beautiful novel, and we are just a small chapter. The best part of His story? We know how it ends.

Contact

danel.mason@tku.edu | 817.722.1753

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Danica Henry

Music and Worship Studies Assistant

Danica Henry


I absolutely love what I get to do every day at The King’s University! I am incredibly passionate about music and worship, so it is exciting to be a part of a team that gets to create a place where students can learn and excel in their passion for music and worship.  When I am not in the office, you will find me studying, as I am also working toward my masters here at TKU, singing, playing my violin, or hanging out with my friends and puppy, Fitzgerald. I feel wonderfully blessed to be a part of such an amazing organization and school!

Contact

danica.henry@tku.edu | 817.722.1797

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David Reyes

Operations Coordinator

David Reyes


I have always been passionate towards serving people but low key. I am very passionate about chocolate chip mint ice cream. I am married to my best friend, Lili, whom I have known since I was a child. I enjoy anything outdoors, whether it be fishing, biking, camping, or sports. When I am not outdoors I enjoy a relaxing night with Lili, pizza, ice cream, and watching a good movie. What I enjoy most about working at TKU is the sense of peace and love given not only by my fellow coworkers but also the students of TKU. I enjoy waking up every morning happy to go to work and don’t mind having to stay late at times to help ensure that work gets taken care of.

Contact

david.reyes@tku.edu | 817.722.1623

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Jennifer Bingham

Library Assistant

Jennifer Bingham


When I moved from my home town of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to Texas the Lord amazed me with the opportunity to continue my education at The King’s University.  I am passionate about seeing people saved, set-free and growing in Christ.  When I am not in the library I am probably three hundred pages deep in a book, writing or participating in ministry at church.  I am so grateful to God and to TKU for allowing me to grow and exercise my gifting in an exciting and nurturing environment where people are encouraged to be passionate about Christ and to do life together.  I cannot wait to see what God is going to do next!

Contact

jennifer.bingham@tku.edu | 817.722.1620

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Jerri Benjamin

Accounts Payable Finance Coordinator

Jerri Benjamin


I am honored to serve TKU. The administration and faculty are men and women of God, and the students are so inspiring and fun. Wednesday chapel and student-led worship are the highlights of my week! I love my large family of 5 grown children and 4 “in-loves” who have given me 12 of the most precious grandchildren that ever lived. I am passionate about training the next generation to understand the importance of Israel and the Jewish people and how they are intricately connected to End Time events. My husband and I lived in Jerusalem for one year and Brussels, Belgium for four years building the Brussels House of Prayer Missions Base. I ministered weekly in two different red light districts in Belgium and have a passion to see people set free from sex slavery. I also love to crochet with my granddaughters, watch movies with my husband, and spend weekly time with my family.

Contact

jerri.benjamin@tku.edu | 817.722.1655

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Jessica Schoellerman

Junior Designer

Jessica Schoellerman


Being a California native, I love all things outdoors: sandy beaches, snowy mountains, flat farmlands and thick forests. Naturally, in my spare time I enjoy any outdoorsy activity or spending time with my family playing card games. I was born and raised near Lake Tahoe, moved to Southern California for college and met my fiancé in our freshman class. We felt God call us to Texas and He guided me to TKU. Suddenly, my hodge-podge of experience working for churches, schools and freelancing fell into place. I am thrilled for this next chapter in my life to serve in a university where my talents will be used for the Kingdom and be part of a grander story.

Contact

jessica.schoellerman@tku.edu | 817.722.1638

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Jillian Lynn

Music and Worship Studies Senior Coordinator

Jillian Lynn


I am grateful for Grace, Love and Life. I love to laugh! I love people and am passionate about seeing them live in complete freedom & wholeness. When I’m not in the office I enjoy being with my husband John, laughing, exploring new places, enjoying coffee, eating a good meal with family and friends, or adventuring outdoors. I now live in North Richland Hills, TX after growing up in beautiful Seattle, WA. I am grateful to be a part of the community of people here at TKU. I enjoy spending time with our students and watching them grow as individuals, team members, and leaders. The best is yet to come!

Contact

jillian.lynn@tku.edu | 817.722.1799

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Jordan Covarelli

Music and Worship Studies Coordinator

Jordan Covarelli


I am passionate about helping people live out their God-given callings by equipping them, challenging them and partnering with them. Particularly in the area of music, I desire to help people be lifelong learners, take their craft and skills-development seriously, and not squander the talents God has entrusted to them. This way they might hear “well done good and faithful servant” and other people around them “might see their good works and glorify their Father in heaven.” My wife, Nicole, and I have been married since 2012, and had our first child in November, 2016. We are both health-conscious, active, fitness people who are also ardent foodies, so the struggle is real, y’all. I enjoy listening to and playing music, binge watching shows (DVRs and Netflix are amazing inventions), watching or playing any sport, DIY woodworking projects, and tending to our herb and vegetable garden. I love so much of my experience at TKU – from my fellow staff to the unique heritage and mission of this school – but what I think I love most about my job is that look in a student’s eyes when the light bulb finally comes on and they know they have comprehended something they had previously thought was impossible to understand.

Contact

jordan.covarelli@tku.edu | 817.722.1755

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Josh Renken

Instructional Design Coordinator

Josh Renken


I am very excited to be a part of the TKU family! Immediately after walking in the office door, you can tell God comes first. Originally from Tyler, I moved to and from Dallas while growing up, and this has been my home since 2011. My passions include computing and traveling—though I have yet to visit any country abroad. In my spare time, I am usually playing games online or perusing the city. The best thing about working at TKU is knowing that I am improving the lives of God’s children every day through online content. I look forward to making a difference and growing with my new family. 

Contact

josh.renken@tku.edu | 817.722.1772

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Julie Cole

Practicum Coordinator

Julie Cole


I love investing in the lives of college students. Over the last 30 years, my husband David and I have worked at Christian universities in Oklahoma, California, Oregon, Canada and Texas. My graduate degree is in marriage and family counseling, so I have plugged in by teaching and/or counseling at each of these stops along our career journey. My passion is to help students discover their talents as well as to find breakthrough in any areas of life where they may be stuck. My husband and I have four adult children – two of them currently live with us in Texas and the other two live in Washington and Oregon with our four grandchildren. Although it’s hard being separated from some of our family, I am thankful to be at The King’s University where there is such a rich atmosphere that comes from students, faculty, and staff believing that God can accomplish great things through their lives. I feel so blessed to be here.

Contact

julie.cole@tku.edu | 817.722.1763

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Kailyn Taylor

Coordinator, Finance, Donor Relations & Budget

Kailyn Taylor


I absolutely love The King’s University! I am passionate about leading people to the foot of the cross to meet with Jesus through worship. I am the oldest of 6 kids and when I am not in the office you’ll probably find me in class, playing music, painting or surrounded by my friends and family. I don’t live far from a lake, so I spend quite a bit of time there as well. I love working at TKU because it is an uplifting and loving environment. Everyone takes care of one another and encourages each other. It makes coming to work even more fun!

Contact

kailyn.taylor@tku.edu | 817.722.1659

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Kimberly Willis

Senior Assistant, Business Administration

Kimberly Willis


I am fascinated and intrigued about the things of God.  I have a passion to see people empowered to achieve their goals while impacting the Kingdom. 

I am the mother of three daughters, Sydni, Symone (twins), London and one son, Tristian.  Since they are all in college, when we’re together we enjoy quality time watching action-packed movies, enjoying good food and attending sporting events (my twins are college athletes).

Our family Scripture is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.” (NKJV)

What I love most about my job is working with a progressive staff under great leadership.  I enjoy being surrounded by diverse personalities, intellectual individuals, creativity and inspiring staff members.  My favorite time is spent meeting and supporting students while fulfilling our mission statement at TKU.  I truly believe we are impacting and equipping frontline leaders to take back neighborhoods, communities, cities and nations for Christ, for generations to come.  I am thrilled to be a part of this family! 

Contact

kim.willis@tku.edu | 817.722.1664

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Kristey Simmons

Financial Aid Coordinator

Kristey Simmons


I love working alongside people who truly care about students and helping them find where God is calling them. I recently moved to Texas from the great state of New York to continue this adventure that God is calling me to. God has blessed me with an amazing family, both physical and spiritual, that love and support me in all that I do. I love to hug others, sing, bake cupcakes, and hang out with my friends in my spare time. I have a passion for leading others in worship and I yearn for that moment when I can just step back and let the congregation sing their highest praise to our King! I am truly blessed to be part of such an amazing team here at TKU and I am excited for where God is taking us as an institution.

Contact

kristey.simmons@tku.edu | 817.722.1730

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Lana Vasquez

General Ledger Accountant

Lana Vasquez


I am absolutely giddy at being involved, albeit in a small indirect way, in the education of the next generations of apostles, leaders and disciples of the Good News! I hold an Associate of Applied Science in Marketing Management from Amarillo College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University. In my spare time I can usually be found with my two grown babies and their spouses and three precious angels, a.k.a. grandbabies. I also have a heart for the military and volunteer with the USO. Originally from Houston, I lived 18 years in Amarillo before moving to the DFW area in the Summer of 2013. I enjoy travelling to visit extended family and great friends, and I’m also an uber-SciFi and history nerd. My favorite places to visit are mountains (God is so obviously evident in mountain rain) and museums (life-time student!). I’m excited to see the growth and prosperity of The King’s University in the years to come!

Contact

lana.vasquez@tku.edu | 817.722.1658

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Layne Burke

Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies

Layne Burke


I absolutely love the students at The King’s! I am very relational and am passionate about getting to know people and what makes them tick. I am part of a small group that has been together for more than ten years. We enjoy getting together often, traveling together several times a year and doing life together. I am happily married, live in Keller and have four grown children. I am blessed to work with an amazing team at The King’s and honored to be a part of the lives of the students we serve.

Contact

layne.burke@tku.edu | 817.722.1780

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Marcy Woodcock

Receptionist

Marcy Woodcock


I’m passionate about getting to know people. I’m very relational, so I love hearing their stories; where they are from, family members, interests, etc. I enjoy making a connection by knowing who they are. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for more than 30 years. We have three grown children (two girls and one boy), plus a wonderful son-in-law. I look forward to “loving on” grandbabies! My most favorite spare time activity is spending time with the family. When I’m not making memories with them, I enjoy reading a good book, riding my bike and watching decorating shows on HGTV. If money was not an issue, I would buy a really old home and totally restore it. What’s not to love about The King’s University? I feel blessed to be working in a place where fellow employees and students are walking out their faith on a daily basis.

Contact

marcy.woodcock@tku.edu | 817.722.1760

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Megan Grondin

Senior Assistant to Academics

Megan Grondin


I love working at The King’s University! I am most passionate about Jesus and seeing His kingdom come in my life and in the lives of those around me. My husband, who is a student at TKU, and I went to seminary in Belgium for six years before transitioning to the US. In my spare time, I love to cook, travel, watch movies, and hang out with friends. TKU is a special place to work. The environment is dynamic, the people are great to work with, and everyone is focused on the mission – to see people trained for ministry. It’s a privilege to work here.

Contact

megan.grondin@tku.edu | 817.722.1615

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Shawn Timmons

Student Accounts Coordinator

Shawn Timmons


I feel so honored to be a part of the TKU staff, and I have a deep passion about assisting people in achieving their God given dreams to build the Kingdom. The Lord has put a vision in the hearts of his people, and I want to help make that vision a reality for our students!I am married and I have four children – two boys, and two girls. We all moved from Massachusetts to Fort Worth, Texas in order for me to attend the King’s as a graduate student in the Messianic Jewish Studies program.When I am not in the office I love spending time with my family, and I also love reading – when I get the time. We, as believers in Messiah, are all called to advance His Kingdom, and TKU is preparing students to do just that. I have been blessed by working here, and being part of TKU’s vision and mission.

Contact

shawn.timmons@tku.edu | 817.722.1657

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Stephanye Strider

Distance Education Assistant

Stephanye Strider


I am passionate about God and using the talents and spiritual gifts He gave me to serve others. When I am not in the office, I am either sewing, reading, playing golf with my husband or spending time with family. I live in Flower Mound and volunteer at Gateway Church on the Communion Preparation Team and the Christmas Production Program as a Seamstress. I am so honored to assist students at TKU in the preparation of doing God’s work!

Contact

stephanye.strider@tku.edu | 817.722.1770

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Tali Snow

Messianic Jewish Studies Coordinator

Tali Snow


As a Jewish believer, it is particularly encouraging and meaningful for me to work in an environment that contributes to and is committed to the Jewish perspective of our faith. I am amazed that a series of individual experiences over time, was in fact God preparing me for my role at TKU. That combined with the infectious joy evident in the people here, makes TKU a place I truly look forward to coming to work to every day.

I am always looking for an excuse to bake, especially since I’ve come to find a grain mill in my possession- total game changer y’all!

My husband Travis and I spend time watching endless episodes of Chopped (and discussing what we’d do with the basket), spending Saturday afternoons estate sale hopping and gazing at the wonder of creation.

Contact

tali.snow@tku.edu | 817.722.1796

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Tiffany Sanderson

Human Resources Senior Coordinator

Tiffany Sanderson


I’m not exactly sure how I got to TKU, but I’m certain that the Lord directed my steps here. I enjoy my job and the people I work with, and love working in human resources because the reach and influence across the organization is so vast. Each day holds a new and different challenge and opportunity. I grew up in the Dallas/ Fort Worth metroplex and in my personal time love watching sports or attending sporting events (I’m a big fan of Dallas teams and athletes – Go Mavs!).

Contact

tiffany.sanderson@tku.edu | 817.722.1661

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Yoshi Ipson

Admissions Counselor

Yoshi Ipson


I love seeing people unlock their destiny and walk in their God-given calling. There is so much joy when people are free to be who God has called them to be! I enjoy spending time with my two nieces, brother, sister-in-law, sisters and parents. When it’s time to rest and relax, I like watching movies, camping and watching the stars on cool clear evenings. I love my job as Admissions Counselor, because I get to see people answer the call of God and hear their testimonies of how God is leading them to become His disciples through biblical education. I am excited to be part of what God is doing at The King’s University and look forward to seeing each student live out their purpose in life!

Contact

yoshi.ipson@tku.edu | 817.722.1722

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