Student Recruitment Team

The Truett Seminary Student Recruitment Team works with prospective students to help them discover more about Truett and about how the Seminary can equip and prepare them for their calling.

Student Recruitment Team members are current Truett students who are excited to share about their journeys to and experiences at seminary. You may even recognize them from a Truett recruitment visit to your school or from a Truett exhibit booth at a conference you attended.

You can learn a little more about each of our Student Recruitment Team Members below or reach out to them directly with any quetions you may have.


Matthew Davis

student photoYear at Truett: 3rd Year

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Previous Institution Attended: CUNY-Brooklyn College (BA, Childhood Education; BA, Music

Why I Came to Truett: I was in search of a school that offered a quality and formative education in both music and theology. I knew I wanted to leave New York, but I did not expect God to lead me ALL the way to Waco. I learned about Truett through a former student (now graduate) and our conversation prompted me to check out Truett’s website. I knew Truett was the place God was leading me to, and I applied to the school site-unseen. It was a major leap of faith for me, but three years later, I am continuing to see the fruit of faith.

Favorite Part of Being a Truett Student: I love the pastoral care of the faculty and staff here at Truett. One thing that is fantastic about Truett is that our professors and staff are concerned about your spiritual formation just as much as they are concerned about what you are learning day-to-day. There have been numerous days where school work and life have been overwhelming, but I have been able to sit and speak with professors like Dr. York, Dr. Bender, and Dr. Cook about school and life concerns, and they have been nothing but supportive and prayerful. I love being at a school where I am not just another face. Our professors are mindful of how new and frightful this new journey can be and are willing to mentor and walk with us from acceptance to graduation and beyond.

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Lauren McCoy

student photoYear at Truett: 3rd Year

Hometown: Arlington, Texas

Previous Institution Attended: University of Oklahoma (BBA, International Business/Finance)

Why I Came to Truett: I came to Truett for the formative education and the MDiv/MBA joint degree. Truett isn't just a place where you gain theological knowledge; it's also a place where you are formed to be the minister that you are called to be. I knew I needed that type of formative degree, and I’m thankful to be at a place that affirms my calling. The MDiv/MBA joint degree has also helped me pursue my calling, and I'm thankful that I can take advantage of all that Baylor has to offer.

Favorite Part of Being a Truett Student: I love how personal Truett is. I love that if any student has an idea, they can go talk to any of the staff or faculty to see if that idea can be put into place. For example, many of the joint degrees exist because of student interest in that specific field. Truett staff and faculty believe in their students and want to do everything they can to support them in their seminary journey.

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Nick Napoli

student photoYear at Truett: 3rd Year

Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma

Previous Institution Attended: University of Oklahoma (BA, Spanish Language and Culture)

Why I Came to Truett: I came to Truett to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively minister to my neighbors, as well as the confidence to iterate my own ideas about theology. Without the mentors and friends that encouraged me to come to seminary, I would not be at Truett today.

Favorite Part of Being a Truett Student: My favorite part of being a student at Truett is the opportunity to learn from an incredible faculty and staff. Professors Arterbury and Stroope have made a big impact on my life and future ministry. Through the things I have learned from these women and men, I am now a better minister than I ever would have been without them.

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Sam Hughes

student photoYear at Truett: 3rd Year

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Previous Institution Attended: Baylor University (BA, Medical Humanities)

Why I Came to Truett: I came to Truett because I felt it was where God was leading me through visiting the campus and feeling welcomed into the community and the peace through prayer and conversation. My financial needs were also taken care of with Truett scholarships and God has continued to provide for me since.

Favorite Part of Being a Truett Student: My favorite part about Truett is the community and relationships that have been built; I know that these will last a lifetime. Not only do I have people I can call with ministry questions, but I have a team of people who encourage one another as we learn and grow at Truett. I also love the community present amongst the faculty and staff. Everyone is invested in the growth of students and working to build our faith, knowledge, and ability to minister to us as we prepare to do ministry.

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Denisha Akpan

student photoYear at Truett: 2nd Year

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

Previous Institution Attended: Auburn University (BA, Psychology/Kinesiology)

Why I Came to Truett: I came to Truett because of a few specific things. First, I believe the Lord was guiding me here. Second, I came to Truett because of the diverse degree and concentration options they offer. Currently, I am working towards a joint degree with the School of Education (MDiv/MSEd) and love how this degree allows me to take Sports Management classes as part of my cognant hours. I desire to work in full-time ministry within a collegiate athletic department, and I have been able to use my personal relationships to connect me with practical experiences assisting with Baylor Athletics. Lastly, I came to Truett because of how intentional, organized, and supportive the Student Services staff were on my campus visit. Now, I am grateful to be a part of the A-Team!

Favorite Part of Being a Truett Student: My favorite part of being a Truett student includes the truth and grace that flows on campus. I am consistently encouraged to be formed in the truth of God's word, which includes shedding away my sinful nature and picking up the characteristics of Christ. I am also given unlimited grace to learn through class discussions, covenant group, chapel and mentoring how to be a disciple who makes disciples of all nations. Truett is truly a place like no other; and finally, my favorite part includes running alongside others, encouraging them as they encourage and push me closer to the cross.

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Jenni Chilton

student photoYear at Truett: 2nd Year

Hometown: Spring, Texas

Previous Institution Attended: Baylor University (BSEd, Integrated Studies)

Why I Came to Truett: I came to Truett because of a series of God-ordained events which helped me realize my call to ministry. When I came to Truett’s Preview Day, the genuine joy and peace that emanated from the professors and students and the close-knit community I discovered were like a breath of fresh air. I came to Truett because I knew God was calling me to ministry and that I needed to learn more about how to faithfully serve God and remain true to His word, and I wanted to do that in a community that would help me pursue Christ in all things, which is exactly what I have found at Truett.

Favorite Part of Being a Truett Student: My favorite part of being a student at Truett is how I am challenged by my peers, professors, and assignments, but am also supported and encouraged in my faith and calling. I love that Truett is a diverse community and that I can learn so much from classmates who come from all different backgrounds, and even from across the globe. I am also grateful that, in the midst of study and reflection on difficult topics, we can still laugh and enjoy life - not making the sacred stoic, but allowing it to touch our hearts as well as our minds.

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