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Student Groups 2017-2018

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: Brandon Maxwell

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:  Tyler Henderson


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


Becky Branton

Sponsor: Carolyn Helsel

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 Austin Seminary community. In addition, students will have opportunities to serve the community and also the greater Austin community.


Hierald Osorto

Sponsor: Phil Helsel

Methodist Student Group

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


Matt Cardona

Debbie Head

Michele Lott


Sponsor: David White

MSSW/MDIV Student Group

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


Katherine Atkins


Sponsor: David Jensen

Native American Students and Allies


Jenny Sapperstein



MISSION STATEMENT: To be a place of connection for those who identify as Native American and a place for those who seek a deeper understanding of Native American communities and contemporary issues.


Sponsor: Whit Bodman

Philosophy Club

MISSION STATEMENT: To encourage philosophical discussion outside the classroom.

Pam Jarvis                                     

Adam Anderson                              

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 Austin Seminary 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 Austin Seminary.

Erica Nelson

Sponsor: Bill Greenway

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                      

Sponsor: Dave Jensen

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

Lindsey Anderson                 

Jessica Henderson              

Sponsor: Sarah Gaventa

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.


Andy Gerhart

Sponsor: Whit Bodman

Campus Calendar
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    • Austin-area Presbyterian Pastors' Breakfast 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMStotts Hall
    Thursday, August 16, 2018
    • Austin-area Pastors' Breakfast 7:30 AM to 9:00 AMStotts Hall
    Monday, August 20, 2018
    • PLPL 8:00 AM to 6:00 PMMcCord 203
    Tuesday, August 21, 2018
    • PLPL 8:00 AM to 2:00 PMMcCord 203

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