Regions: Director of Adult & Graduate Studies Admissions, Interim Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Brittney Grantham is the director of adult & graduate studies admissions, and is serving as interim director of undergraduate 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: Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions - Admissions Systems, Northeast, Missionary Kids and 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 from the Northeast Region of the United States as well as International Students and Missionary Kids.
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: Southeast and JRLC Trasfers
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: Graduate Studies
Karen Benitez has been working with students pursuing Evangel’s graduate programs since August 2013.
Karen was an Evangel student for two years, graduating with a B.S. in Psychology in 2010. During her time as an undergrad, she was involved as a discipleship leader, resident assistant and activities board organizer.
After graduation, Karen accepted a teaching position in Colorado and also earned a master’s degree from the School of Urban Missions. “Stepping out in faith,” she decided to pursue opportunities outside the classroom and accepted her current position at Evangel.
“I loved the process of earning a graduate degree. My program was amazing and I credit my parents for encouraging me to value education and learn as much as I can,” she says. “I also love Evangel — the feeling of community and support you receive from faculty is unreal. This is where I wanted to be.”
Karen says most people don’t realize how affordable a graduate degree from Evangel can be. “Our rates are competitive with, or in some cases better than, several state universities. The difference is Evangel provides a support system and culture of faith that those schools do not.”
Outside of work, the Bay Area native enjoys cheering on the San Franciso 49ers and San Francisco Giants.
Regions: Transfer Students, Special Students, Spring Applicants
Andrew Goodall joined the admissions team in July 2013 after serving as Resident Director of Scott Hall for the past four years. He is the counselor for transfer students, special students and spring enrollees, and also manages Evangel’s student admissions counselors.
Andrew graduated from Evangel in 2006 with a Biblical Studies degree and Management minor. He then earned his Master of Divinity from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
Andrew says he has a passion for new ideas and entrepreneurship. The energy he experienced with current students as an R.D. compelled him to work with prospective students as well. “During college, anything is possible,” he says. “I love students and want to help see them through this great time in their lives.”
Andrew and his wife Samantha enjoy reading, traveling and watching documentaries. They had their first child, Sterling, in 2012.
Regions: Adult Studies (Degree Completion)
Matt Petry is the admissions counselor for Evangel’s Adult 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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