Regions: Director of Undergraduate Admissions, International Students
Josh Cincotta was already two years into his college career when he decided that he wanted to combine a background in biblical studies with his computer degree. He found that Evangel University offered exactly what he was looking for and transferred in 2010, coming all the way from South Orange, New Jersey.
In 2012, Josh graduated with a double major in Computer Information Systems and Computer Science and a minor in Biblical Studies. He loved his Evangel experience so much that upon graduation, he joined the staff as an admissions counselor. Today Josh serves students as director of undergraduate admissions.
As a student, Josh was involved in Floor Council, serving as president of Scott First South, and could often be found on the intramural field, playing basketball, football, volleyball and soccer. “The relationships I formed with the guys from my floor are incredible,” he says. “They are more like brothers to me now rather than just friends.” Josh believes Evangel offers the perfect balance of spiritual and social life, with a specific emphasis on integrating the two.
But Evangel wouldn’t be Evangel without the faculty. “The professors rocked my world,” he says. “I couldn’t believe the interest they took in my life, not just as a student, but as a person. Their passion for teaching and caring was evident in everything they do.”
Regions: Director of Adult & Graduate Studies Admissions
Brittney Grantham is the director of adult & graduate studies admissions. Originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Brittney graduated in 2006 with a major in Advertising/Public Relations and a minor in Psychology.
During her time at Evangel, Brittney played on the women’s tennis team, served as a Bed and Breakfast host and spent time working both at the radio station and on the yearbook. Her favorite memories are attending campus-wide events like Homecoming and Spring Fling, developing relationships with some of her closest friends and, most of all, meeting her husband, Mark, who currently serves as Evangel’s commuter director.
Brittney says the best thing about Evangel is the opportunity that students have to get involved and make friends while receiving their education. “I encourage every student to take a step of faith outside of their comfort zone,” she says. “There are hundreds of other students out there just like you looking to build friendships that last a lifetime, and Evangel offers the positive and fun environment to do so.”
In her free time, Brittney likes to cook, read and watch movies. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and loving on their dogs, Samson and Rosie, who she refers to as her and Mark’s “two canine ‘children.’”
Regions: Southeast and JRLC Transfers
Samantha Burks serves as the admissions counselor for the Southeast and students transferring from the James River Leadership Campus. A native of West Memphis, Arkansas, she graduated in May 2012 with a major in Music and minors in Psychology and Biblical Studies.
As an Evangel student, Samantha was involved in leading worship in Chapel, singing in the chorus and serving as a Spence Hall residence assistant. One of the highlights of her time at Evangel was her coronation as the 2011-2012 Homecoming Queen. She also has fond memories of Spiritual Emphasis Weeks, President Spence’s birthday buffets and late-night conversations with the girls on her floor.
Samantha says the best thing about Evangel is the people. “I’ve had the incredible opportunity to meet some amazing people throughout my years at Evangel,” she says. “The friendships I had made a huge impact on my life and will be something that I carry with me for the rest of my life.”
Along with being an admissions counselor, Samantha is also a credentialed Assemblies of God minister. In her free time, Samantha enjoys hanging out with her friends, reading, camping and spending time outdoors.
Regions: Varsity Athletes
Jon Jenkins currently serves as the admissions counselor for incoming varsity athletes. Originally from Springfield, Missouri, he is a 2002 Evangel graduate with a major in Psychology, a concentration in Biblical Studies and a minor in Spanish.
Some of Jon’s favorite memories as a student came as a player on the varsity basketball team, and Jon admits that he still gets chills thinking about the national championship game of 2002. During his time at Evangel, Jon also played varsity golf and served on his floor council. Jon remains an avid golfer to this day. However, his favorite thing to do in his free time is spend time with his wife and two young children.
Jon is excited to use his past experiences to help bring new students to Evangel. “I look forward to working with the incoming athletes,” he says. “Having been an athlete at Evangel and having been the residence director in Krause, I understand in a unique way some of the challenges and benefits being a varsity athlete at Evangel can present.”
When asked what the best part about Evangel is, Jon says that it’s the people he gets to work with on a daily basis. “The faculty is great, not just professionally, but also as people,” he says. “Most of all, I have really enjoyed the relationships I have gotten to build in my last three years here on staff.”
Regions: Adult Studies (Degree Completion) & Graduate Studies
Matt Petry is the admissions counselor for Evangel’s Adult Studies and Graduate Studies programs. He earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management from Evangel in 2010. Matt joined the admissions team in July of 2013.
Matt and his wife Katie live in Springfield with their son Elijah and “fur baby” Haven.
As a graduate of the Adult Studies program, Matt’s pursuit of furthering his career with an Evangel degree has come full circle. “If you would have asked me years ago if I would ever set foot on a school campus after graduation, I would have laughed,” he says. Now, I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.”
Matt’s favorite part of Evangel is the culture. He loves being able to express his faith openly with staff members, current students and prospective students.
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