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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Rachel Halloran


Year at Truett: 1st Year

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Previous Institution Attended: Texas Tech University(BBA, Marketing)

Why I came to Truett:The reason I came to Truett was for the dual degree programs. I love that Truett recognizes areas of ministry overlap with the masters of divinity and other master degrees.

Favorite Part of Being a Truett Student: My favorite part of being a Truett student is the community of students and teachers. Since I came from a large undergrad university, it’s nice to know all the students in my classes.

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Justin McDowell


Year at Truett: 2nd Year

Hometown: Shelby, North Carolina

Previous Institution Attended: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Political Science, B.A. & Peace, War, and Defense, B.A.)

Why I Came to Truett: When beginning my seminary search, I knew I wanted to go to a seminary where I would have the freedom to ask questions as I developed theologically. Truett certainly affords students the space to develop theologically. Furthermore, Truett’s place within Baylor provided the opportunity to pursue another degree in addition to the MDiv. Finally, I knew God was calling me to Truett when I visited the campus during the Seminary’s Preview event. I immediately sensed the loving spirit of the community and I wanted to be a part of it.

Favorite Part of Being a Truett Student: My favorite part about Truett is the support and encouragement of the community. The professors care about students in and out of the classroom. They are all open and patient with any needs or questions. Classmates encourage one another as we journey through seminary together. Additionally, students are encouraged to personalize their own seminary experience as they prepare for their respective callings.

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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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Troy Dicks

student photoYear at Truett:2nd Year

Hometown: Goose Creek, South Carolina

Previous Institution Attended: Chowan University (B.A. Business Administration, Concentration Accounting, Minor in Management)

Why I Came to Truett: I was searching for a seminary as a working professional in Orlando, FL. The mentoring relationships I was in throughout my undergraduate studies are the reason I am in Waco. Truett Theological seminary is defined by its community. My mentor trusted the people here to be people seeking God diligently through excellence in service and study. I was convinced through prayer and conversations with those who partnered with the Truett family that this was the right fit for me. The Lord lead me to Truett because we are a community that seek to grow in every area of our individual walks with Christ together. It is blessing to do so in an excellent academic and communal location on Baylor’s Campus. I came to Truett to learn and be in a community of believers striving toward excellence in there humanity.

Favorite Part of Being a Truett Student: The seminar-style classes have helped prepare me for a lifetime of listening and relating to others with different ideologies and theologies than myself. For example, in Text and Traditions 1 with Dr. Wilhite, we discussed Augustine's Just War theory and our situational ethics in a respectful and articulate manner. These are the kinds of enriching dialogues that Truett fosters between fellow students and faculty, and they are a big reason I’ve enjoyed my time here at Truett thus far.

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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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