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. David Cole

Interim President | CAO | Dean of Jack W. Hayford School of Graduate Studies

Senior Leadership


Ashley Green, CPA

VP of Business Administration and CFO

Charles Scott

Vice President of University Relations

Daniel Davis

Academic Dean

Linda Rinn

Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Human Resources

Rhonda Davis

Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Development

Executive Leadership


Angela Pruis

Associate Director of Communications

Barbara Storie

Executive Senior Assistant to the President

Bryan Chambers

Director of Advancement

Courtney Widelitz

Associate Director of Admissions

David Reyes

Associate Director of Building and Operations

Dr. Bobbi Stringer

Director of Institutional Assessment

Dr. Cassie Reid

Director of Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

Dr. Dan Call

Director of Doctor of Ministry

Dr. David Rudolph

Director of Messianic Jewish Studies

Dr. Frank Markow

Dean of Distance Education

Dr. Jon Huntzinger

Distinguished Professor of Bible and Ministry

Eric Scott

Associate Director of Campus Ministry

Esther Kuhn

Director of Information Management

Jeremy Crowhurst

Associate Director of IT

Julie Cole

Associate Director of Vocational Development

Kimberly Willis

Associate Director of University Relations

Michael Keith

Director of Marketing and Communications

Tiffany Sanderson

Associate Director of Human Resources

Tonya Major

Director of Student Success

Tracey R. Lane

Director of Library Services

Travis Termin

Interim Director of Financial Aid

Staff


Alicka Cullison

Coordinator of Student Success

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

Administrative Assistant to Graduate Studies

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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Amanda Corbett

Admissions Counselor

Amanda Corbett


I love seeing God do the miraculous in everyday life. There is beauty around every corner if we will only have eyes to see. My passions are family and building the Kingdom! My husband, Levi and I relocated from New Mexico in 2015 to begin our journey with TKU, and since then have constantly been reminded of God’s faithfulness!  Psalm 121:1-2 reminds me of what home looks like, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”  The best days are spent traveling to new places and trying delicious food with family and friends! What I genuinely love about The King’s University, is working with a community of believers who are united for the cause of Christ and enriching the lives of students.

Contact

amanda.corbett@tku.edu | 817.722.1713

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Bethany Peterson

Receptionist

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

Senior Assistant to Institutional Effectiveness and Human Resources

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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Brooke Skiles

Coordinator of Marketing

Brooke Skiles


Contact

brooke.skiles@tku.edu | 817.722.1639

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Danel Mason

Coordinator of Student Programs

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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Denver Blackwell

Admissions Counselor

Denver Blackwell


I enjoy life. Some of my favorite things to do are laughing, hanging out with friends, being outside, playing most of the competitive sports, and eating a lot of food. A few fun facts are that I’m a Texas native, Fort Worth is my city, and my family members are some of my best friends. Getting the call to ministry in high school led me through a time of trial and stepping out in faith as I made my way to TKU. Although challenging, the road to TKU has been one of the most rewarding. Now as an admissions counselor, I get to help those who have the Lord leading them into their calling. No matter where I’m at in life, I want to partner with Jesus to love, serve, and bring joy and peace to people’s lives.

Contact

denver.blackwell@tku.edu | 817.722.1720

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Jenn Oparaodu

Coordinator of Student Activities

Jenn Oparaodu


Contact

jenn.oparaodu@tku.edu | 817.722.1644

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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

Coordinator of Accounts Payable and Payroll

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 Cook

Junior Designer

Jessica Cook


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 husband 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.cook@tku.edu | 817.722.1638

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Jillian Lynn

Senior Coordinator of Music and Worship Studies

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

Coordinator of Music and Worship Studies

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

Coordinator of Instructional Design

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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Kailyn Hilgardner

Senior Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer

Kailyn Hilgardner


I have discovered a new love for the unknown. God does so much work in our hearts when we have no idea what lies ahead, or what to do next. The unknown excites me! I am passionate about people’s life stories and want to do anything I can to push them towards their dreams. Outside of work, you can find me in the sunshine with a good book when it’s hot outside or wrapped up in a blanket by the fire when it’s cold. I love being married to my husband and a dog mom to the cutest pup around!

Contact

kailyn.hilgardner@tku.edu | 817.722.1659

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Katelynn Sparks

Coordinator of Accounts Receivable

Katelynn Sparks


Worship, planning, structure, coffee and florals make me happy! You can catch me always singing or organizing something. If I lost my planner, I’d lose my life! I love spending time at the gym working up a sweat but also love Chick-fil-A and Blue Bell Cookies ‘n Cream. It’s called balance, right? I am most passionate about encountering the presence of God through worship and I have a heart for people to know their identity through Christ and experience a tangible relationship with the Holy Spirit. I love how the Lord is always so faithful to fulfill all of His promises! I graduated from The King’s in May 2017 and am so excited to now be a part of the staff! For me, The King’s University is home!

Contact

katelynn.sparks@tku.edu | 817.722.1662

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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

Campus Store Manager

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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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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Samuel Gmuer

Admissions Counselor

Samuel Gmuer


I am so thankful that God has me at The King’s University. He first brought me here as a student, to study worship. Little did I know that I would stay around longer, to pursue a bachelor’s degree and (hopefully) a master’s degree, and to join the staff as an admissions counselor! I love our school, and am passionate about sharing the heart of this place whenever I’m honored to represent us.

My heart is to one day step into pastoral ministry. I love leading worship and preaching at my church. My time as a student and employee at TKU is preparing me for where I believe God is taking me. I am also passionate about travel and photography, especially at the same time! I love making new friends, especially over a game of ping pong (but sometimes I’d rather be alone and watch Downton Abbey).

Contact

sam.gmuer@tku.edu | 817.722.1769

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Sarah Sanders

Associate Director of Institutional Research

Sarah Sanders


Contact

sarah.sanders@tku.edu | 817.722.1746

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Shawn Timmons

Coordinator of Student Accounts

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

Assistant to Distance Education

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

Coordinator of Messianic Jewish Studies

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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Yoshi Ipson

Senior 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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