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Student Groups 2016-2017

African American Student Group

MISSION STATEMENT: To provide support for and address concerns particular to African-American students. Our goal is to serve and support each other, the APTS community, and the larger Austin area. 

Contact: Matt Edison

Sponsors: Asante Todd, Margaret Aymer

APTS Holy Spirit Squad and Polity Bowl

MISSION STATEMENT: To provide an enthusiastic/athletic/creative outlet to promote school spirit.

Contact: Rachael McConnell 

Tyler Henderson              tyler.henderson@student.austinseminary.edu

Megan McMillan              megan.mcmillan@student.austinseminary.edu

Sponsor: Whit Bodman

Artists in Austin


Diana Small                            diana.small@student.austinseminary.edu


MISSION STATEMENT:     Artists in Austin seeks to engage the seminary community with the greater arts community in Austin, honoring both the artists at work on our campus and the artists at work in Austin. Artists in Austin wants to support student artists in their ongoing artistic process and facilitate opportunities for the greater seminary community to engage with the city’s plentiful art offerings.


Sponsor: Eric Wall

Contemplative Practices Group

MISSION STATEMENT: To encourage, support and make available time and space for the spiritual practices of centering prayer, lectio divina and other possibilities for contemplative awareness within the Christian tradition.

Michelle Emerson                  


Gayle Evers                           

Sponsor: David Johnson

Students for Social and Environmental Justice (Formerly Corpus Christi Group)

MISSION STATEMENT: To provide a platform and opportunity for members of the APTS community to be engaged in and challenged by issues of social and ecological justice. To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

Tim Browning                           tim.browning@student.austinseminary.edu

Sponsor: Whit Bodman

Hispanic Student Association

MISSION STATEMENT: To provide a forum for students of Hispanic descent to support each other and build community/network through the sharing of ethnic and religious experiences. As a student-centered organization, the group will provide opportunities to address specific concerns, issues, and challenges relating to Hispanic Americans within the APTS community. In addition, students will have opportunities to serve the APTS community and also the greater Austin community.


Hierald Osorto

Sponsor: Gregory Cuéllar

Methodist Student Group

MISSION STATEMENT: To establish a connection among Methodist Students for fellowship and discussion of relevant issues.


Matt Cardona                          matt.cardona@student.austinseminary.edu

Debbie Head                           debbie.head@student.austinseminary.edu

Michele Lott                    michele.lott@student.austinseminary.edu

Sponsor: Melissa Wiginton (Fall 2016) David White (Spring 2017)

MSSW/MDIV Student Group

MISSION STATEMENT: To provide support for MSSW/MDIV dual degree students.

Julia Giddings                         Julia.giddings@student.austinseminary.edu 

Sponsor: David Jensen

Native American Heritage Students Group

MISSION STATEMENT: To support Native American students at APTS, hold events, and increase awareness.

Mac Morrison                           mac.morrison@student.austinseminary.edu

Sponsor:  Whit Bodman

Philosophy Club

MISSION STATEMENT: To encourage philosophical discussion outside the classroom.

Matthew Beach                       matthew.beach@student.austinseminary.edu

Sponsor: Asante Todd

Queer Alliance

MISSION STATEMENT: As Christians, we celebrate each of God’s children, fully inclusive of their sexual and gender identities. By creating a welcoming, supportive, and safe space within the APTS community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and queer persons and allies, we hope to light the path for change both in and beyond the walls of APTS.

Erica Nelson                           erica.nelson@student.austinseminary.edu

Sponsor: Bill Greenway

S.o.S. (Supporters of Seminarians)

MISSION STATEMENT: To offer support for and create a community among spouses, partners, couples, families, and students, while enhancing the experience of and the atmosphere at APTS.

Cal Findeiss                          

Sponsor: Deborah Butler

Seminarians for Anime, Manga, and Comic Books

MISSION STATEMENT: To explore various themes in anime, manga, and comic books that can resonate with theological ones.

Brandon Maxwell                      brandon.maxwell@student.austinseminary.edu

Sponsor: Dave Jensen

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