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Student Groups 2018-2019

African and African Descendent 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


Danita Nelson                                                       danita.nelson@student.austinseminary.edu

Sponsor:  Asante Todd

APTS Holy Spirit Squad and Polity Bowl

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

Contact: Nick Demuynck


Sponsor: Whit Bodman

Artists in Austin

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.


Diana Small 



Sponsor: Eric Wall

Differently Abled Student Association (DASA)

Mission Statement: 

Support students that are differently abled, both physically and mentally by:

Aid in the reconciliation of student’s feelings of brokenness
Maintain a covenant among the group of confidentiality
Advocate for better accessibility of facilities and commendations on campus
Ensure all student activities are accessible
Be a resource for students, faculty, and committees on matters of accessibility
Be student representation on any discussion of inclusion and diversity
Be a reference for ADA compliance issues on campus


Jennifer Hallberg                                                jennifer.hallburg@student.austinseminary.edu


Sponsor: Carolyn Helsel

Latinx Student Association

MISSION STATEMENT: To provide a forum for students of Latinx decent 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 in the community relating to Latinx within the APTS community. In addition, students will have opportunities to serve the APTS community and also the greater Austin community.

CONTACT: Ezequiel Herrera                                                    Ezequiel.herrera@student.austinseminary.edu


Sponsors: Gregory Cuellar, Jennifer-Owens-Jofre

Methodist Student Group

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


Matt Cardona

Debbie Head


Sponsor: David White

MSSW/MDIV Student Group

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


Taylor McLean                                       taylor.mclean@student.austinseminary.edu


Sponsor: David Jensen

African and African Descendent Student Group


Danita Nelson                                         danita.nelson@student.austinseminary.edu


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.


Sponsor: Asante Todd

Queer Alliance


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.

Chelsea May Law                                                 chelsea.law@student.austinseminary.edu

Sponsor: Asante Todd

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 Austin Seminary


Kallie Pitcock                                                        kallie.pitcock@student.austinseminary.edu

Sponsor: Sarah Gaventa

Science and Theology Exploration Group

MISSION STATEMENT: To provide a safe environment for the discussion of faith and doubt, dogma and free thought, revelation and reality, metaphor and analogy, natural philosophy and hope.

CONTACT: Gus Lott 


Sponsor:   Asante Todd

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

MISSION STATEMENT: To encourage students to live out our ideals of social justice and environmental care as members of the body of Christ.


Nick Demuynck                                                  nick.demuynck@student.austinseminary.edu


Savannah Caccamo Demuynck  savannah.caccamo@student.austinseminary.edu

Sponsor: Whit Bodman

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