|Regular Mail||Express Mail|
|Wake Forest University School of Divinity||Wake Forest University School of Divinity|
|P.O. Box 7719||1834 Wake Forest Road|
|Winston-Salem, NC 27109||Wingate Hall 116|
|Winston-Salem, NC 27109|
Admissions and Student Services Team:
Rev. Shonda Jones, EdD
Associate Dean of Admissions and
Shonda is a United Methodist pastor from the North Texas Conference who served in the local church and other theological schools before being appointed to Wake Forest School of Divinity. She received her MDiv from Brite Divinity School (TCU) after receiving a B.A. from Texas Christian University (TCU) as well. She has also received an EdD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. Shonda has worked in theological education for over a decade and is among the most respected and talented admissions professionals in theological education today. “The work I do in admissions is inspiring and rejuvenating, as I work with people who are discerning a call to ministry," she says. "Many want to explore their call to serve in new and various ways. At Wake Forest University School of Divinity, I am excited to be a part of an innovative place where community and faithfulness are central to ministry.”
C. Mark Batten
Assistant Director of Admissions
Operations and Communications
Mark oversees communications, marketing, and creative design. Additionally, he supports enrollment management and information technology. He received a B.A. from Campbell University and MDiv from Emory University's Candler School of Theology. Before coming to Wake Forest, Mark served on the admissions staff at Emory University, in congregational ministry (pastoral and youth), prison chaplaincy, and human resources and recruitment for a semiconductor service company. He also teaches introductory religion courses at Campbell University, is an avid kayaker, small-scale farmer, and aspiring home chef.
Thomas P. Benza
Associate Director of Financial Aidbenzatp@wfu.edu
Tom has been with working with Student Financial Aid at Wake Forest for over five years. In addition to awarding institutional and federal aid to students at the School of Divinity, he also counsels, assesses need, and awards need-based institutional scholarships to a fifth of the undergraduate population. Tom serves as a member of the Appeals Committee that reviews students and their families' special circumstances in relation to financial assistance and is a liaison to the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Magnolia Scholars First Generation Program. He is passionate about providing access and information about financial aid to students and their families.
Rev. Christopher T. Copeland
Director of Leadership Development
and Spiritual Life
A graduate of Wake Forest University, Chris earned his Master of Divinity and Juris Doctor degrees at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He also earned the Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction and completed coursework for the Doctor of Ministry degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Chris was ordained to the ministry in 1997 and served as a pastor in a local congregation for 7 years. He has also served as a youth minister, church consultant, retreat leader, denominational representative, and spiritual director. In addition to being on staff with the School of Divinity, he serves as the spiritual director of "Illuminating Paths", a practice of accompanying individuals, groups, and communities on their spiritual journeys using the tools of rituals, embodiment, spiritual practices, and discernment.
Rev. Andrea N. Edwards
Assistant Director of Admissions
Andrea is a native of Greensboro, NC. As a Wake Forester, she is excited to be back at the University, working at the School of Divinity. She earned a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest and a MDiv from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC. She enjoys all things dance and looks forward to opportunities to express herself through creative movement. She is also passionate about health of the total person and finds meaning in accompanying others on their path to wholeness. Andrea looks forward to sharing Wake Divinity on the road with prospective students. She is an ordained Baptist Minister, serving her home congregation in Greensboro.
Academic Skills Instructor and
Grant Program Assistant
Hilary is a 2010 graduate of the School of Divinity. She has served as the Academic Skills Instructor for the School of Divinity since the Fall of 2013, coaching students around various academic concerns including paper writing, reading strategies, study skills, and other questions. She also teaches religion courses at Forsyth Technical Community College and serves as a Children and Youth Minister.
Mary Ellen Walter
Mary Ellen is originally from Wilmington, N.C. and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has extensive experience in office administration and management. At the School of Divinity she manages day-to-day operations for the admissions office. She has two children.