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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
Phone: 336.758.3748
Fax: 336.758.3225
Email: divinity@wfu.edu

 

Admissions Team:

Rev. Shonda Jones

Rev. Shonda Jones

Associate Dean of Admissions and
Student Services

jonessr@wfu.edu

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. 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.”

Mark Batten

Mark Batten

Assistant Director of Admissions
Operations and Communications

battencm@wfu.edu

A native North Carolinian, Mark received a B.A. from Campbell University and a MDiv from Emory University. Before coming to Wake Forest, he 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. At Wake Forest, Mark manages all communications and marketing efforts, technology management, and supports areas of enrollment management. Mark and his wife, Amanda, have one daughter, Claire. He owns a graphic design company, is an avid kayaker, and is passionate about spiritual formation and technology for ministry. Mark is United Methodist and will be pursuing ordination as a Deacon.

Thomas P. Benza

Thomas P. Benza

Associate Director of Financial Aid

benzatp@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

Rev. Christopher T. Copeland

Director of Leadership Development

copelact@wfu.edu

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. Oliver M. Thomas

Rev. Oliver M. Thomas

Assistant Director of Admissions
and Recruitment

thomasom@wfu.edu

Originally from Charlotte, N.C., Oliver received his M.Div. from Wake Forest University School of Divinity and earned a B.A. from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. As the recruiter, he has traveled across the Southeastern states of our nation meeting with students who are discerning their call to ministry. As an ordained Baptist minister, he is often preaching and offering care to those in need. Oliver is committed to doing God’s work in the image of Jesus Christ by serving God’s people wherever, whenever, and however God calls him to serve!

Mary Ellen Walter

Mary Ellen Walter

Administrative Assistant

walterme@wfu.edu

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.