Meet the Admissions Team

Sarah Sotelo
Director of Admissions

Hometown: Granby, CT
Undergrad: Gordon College, Wenham, MA
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? I was the Director of Communications for The Center for Student Missions – an urban mission organization.
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? The beauty of each season – going to the beach in the summer, apple picking in the fall, sledding in the winter and enjoying the flowers of spring.
Hobbies/Interests? Spending time with my family, speaking Spanish, drinking fair trade coffee, exploring new places, finding the best tacos possible (fun fact: New England has some amazing, authentic Mexican food!) and working with my church in serving our immigrant neighbors through a ministry called Open Door Immigration Services.
Why Gordon-Conwell? Being a part of such a historically rich, diverse faith community is truly an honor. I am excited to help connect individuals with their calling for the Kingdom through a Gordon-Conwell seminary education.

Contact: [email protected]


Karl Wacker
Outreach and Application Coordinator

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Undergrad: St. Mary’s University (San Antonio, TX)
Degree: Master of Arts (Religion)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? College ministry
Favorite class so far: Greek I & II with Dr. Ed Keazirian
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? The weather has been a really nice change for me, because it is so beautiful here in the spring, summer, and fall!
Hobbies/Interests: Playing basketball, playing guitar, reading good theology books and trying new restaurants.
Why Gordon Conwell? The multi-denominational environment was appealing to me, and Gordon-Conwell’s reputation for academic rigor was also very appealing. Gordon-Conwell is also one of the preferred seminaries for the Anglican Church in North America, which is the denomination that I am considering joining for my career in ministry.

Contact: [email protected]


Daniel Montañez
Admissions Representative

Hometown: Visalia, CA
Undergrad: St Mary’s University (San Antonio, TX)
Degree: Master of Divinity (May 2017)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? I was completing my B.B.A. in Management and highly active in church and campus ministry.
Favorite classes: The Project of Reconciliation: Intersectionality, Church & Culture with Dr. Emmett G. Price III
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? The culture! From the history of downtown Boston, to the Charles River and the Boston Common, to the delicious Colombian food in East Boston, I absolutely love discovering the various expressions of history and culture in the greater Boston area.
Hobbies/Interests: Theology and migration, Latino/a studies, jazz music, playing trombone, longboarding, and trying new foods!
Why Gordon Conwell? The scholarship opportunities made Gordon-Conwell accessible and a possibility for pursuing higher theological education. Also, Gordon-Conwell was a place where I knew there would be a community to welcome and support me in my growth and understanding of theology and ministry.

Contact: [email protected]


Katy Reigart
Admissions Guest Services Coordinator

Hometown: Decatur, GA
Undergrad: Gordon College, Wenham, MA
Degree: Master of Arts (Theology) (October 2015)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? I was working in a local office while serving as a YoungLife leader in Hamilton, MA.
Favorite classes: Hebrew I and II with Dr. Donna Petter
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? I love the people and the landscape. New England ties run deep, and the people are authentic in their interactions and commitments to their communities. And the beauty of the New England scenery still amazes me after fifteen years here!
Hobbies/Interests: Spending quality time with friends and going on adventures! I love exploring new places, experiencing and talking about music and art, and baking and reading. I also love directing and working with the kids in the Children’s Ministry at my church in Haverhill.
Why Gordon Conwell? The community at Gordon-Conwell shaped my understanding of what I was learning in the classroom in profound ways. The breadth of knowledge available was exciting, as I learned more about the richness of the Word and the history of the global church than I could have even imagined. I grew more spiritually and emotionally in my two years at Gordon-Conwell than at any other point in my life, and I look forward to helping others find their own meaningful experiences in the community and in the classroom.

Contact: [email protected]


Courtney Vereide
Admissions Student Worker

Hometown: Vienna, VA
Undergrad: Elon University (Elon, NC)
Degree: Master of Divinity
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? Working full-time in Middle & High School Ministry at a Presbyterian Church
Favorite classes: “Women and the Church” with Dr. Kirsten Sanders
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? Having spent most of my time in the South, I was very hesitant about coming to the frigid Northeast. However, I have LOVED living up here. The summer, spring, and fall make the winter so worth enduring! Even more so, God is moving in New England — tilling the rocky soil and stirring up a revival. It is a joy to witness God’s work in this region!
Hobbies/Interests: Friendship, podcasts, long walks, reading, Trader Joe’s, the Enneagram, baking, beach bonfires, teaching, Downton Abbey, singing, theology, and fun facts.
Why Gordon Conwell? I could write an essay about this topic, but I’ll limit it to three reasons! First, Gordon-Conwell integrates intellectual rigor, spiritual formation, and a high view of Scripture. One day, when I was distressed over a low grade on a Hebrew quiz, I went to speak with my professor. She pastorally listened to my concerns, spoke truth to me about my identity outside of my academic performance, gave me study tips, told me that she drops the lowest quiz grade (whew!), and she prayed for me. This encounter encapsulates the GCTS difference. She cared for me spiritually, encouraged me personally, and edified me academically. Second, as a woman training for ministry, I wanted to find a school that would enthusiastically train women for all types of ministry – I found that in Gordon-Conwell! Third, GCTS has an environment that fosters conversation between students with different denominational persuasions, yet all united over love for Christ.

Contact: [email protected]


Eduardo Bonilla
Admissions Student Worker

Hometown: Bogotá, Colombia.
Undergrad: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain).
Degree: Master of Divinity & Master of Arts in Counseling.
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? Prison ministry in a high-security-level institution in Ohio. Before that, my family and I were living and working in Denmark, where we hope to return after finishing my studies.
Favorite class so far: Hebrew I and II with Dr. Donna Petter and Dr. Andrew Walton, respectively. Additionally, Career Counseling with Dr. Karen Mason.
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? The intensity of seasons makes you love and experience each of them intensively as well without having to look forward to the next one to come—at least not that much! Our Hamilton campus is also a beautiful pearl in the North Shore for which we are very thankful.
Hobbies/Interests: Working out at the gym, enjoying a dark Colombian cup coffee outside surrounded by the beauty of nature and of course, my family. I love and frequently practice contemplation as a spiritual discipline as well as writing and reading.
Why Gordon-Conwell? Academically speaking, Gordon-Conwell has a distinctive approach to Counseling by integrating the practice of a counselor with the solid biblical and theology courses of a competent Christian minister. The combination of the MDiv. /MACO programs is just the perfect match to achieve that kind of dexterity, which is much needed nowadays in almost any type of ministry. Apart from academics, Gordon-Conwell was an ideal place for my family and myself to be, and most importantly feel part of a broader community of a diverse group of students who, like us, had to leave everything behind to pursue the calling of seminary education. Such a sense of unity and support is unique at Gordon-Conwell and one of the most important motivating factors for us to continue and eventually finish well.


Naomi Francois
Admissions Student Worker

Hometown: Queens, New York City
Undergrad: Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
Degree: Master of Arts in Religion (Specialized Concentration)
What were you doing before you came to GCTS? I came straight from Williams! In Undegrad, I joined the InterVarsity Christian fellowship, co-founded our school’s Black Campus Ministry Chapter, directed the Gospel Choir, and did research as an Allison Davis Research Fellow.
Favorite class so far: This is hard! I’ll go with Theology Survey 1 with Dr. Kirsten Sanders.
What is one of your favorite things about living in New England? I enjoy the pretty colors of fall, and all the fresh seafood.
Hobbies/Interests: Aside from hanging out with Jesus, I really love a good nap. I’m also a fan of the arts: singing, dancing, writing, sewing, interior design, and cleaning (let no one tell you cleaning is not an art- it is both an art and a science.).
Why Gordon-Conwell? God said so.

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