Regions: Transfer students, International students, Non-degree seeking students
Celia Duncan joined the admissions team in December 2014 and works with transfer, international and non-degree-seeking students.
Duncan graduated from Evangel in 2012 with a degree in International Multicultural Studies. As a student she worked part-time with Dusty Feet, a nonprofit that combats human trafficking. Since graduation, she has also been involved with an inner-city church plant in Denver and worked in student life at Victory Trade School in Springfield.
“I feel like my purpose is to help other people find their purpose,” Duncan says. “My passion is for people to know their value and to be equipped and empowered to do what they feel like they’re supposed to be doing.”
In their free time, Duncan and her husband, Aaron, enjoy being outdoors. A self-proclaimed people-person, Duncan also enjoys good conversation. She says her favorite part of Evangel is the people.
“Everyone I have met here has impacted my life in one way or another, all for the better,” she says. “The relationships that started here I know will be the ones I cling to throughout my life and into eternity.”
Regions: Director of Undergraduate Admissions
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: Associate Director for Undergraduate Admissions
Originally from Laredo, Texas, Ana Solano transferred to Evangel in January 2010 and graduated in May of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is the Associate Director for Undergraduate Admissions at Evangel.
Her best memory as a student was serving as a resident assistant for Burgess First South. “Spending time with the girls on my floor was by far my favorite experience,” she says. “I built lifelong friendship with awesome gals.”
Ana says the qualities that drew her to Evangel were the kindness and friendliness of the people she met on campus when she visited for a Transfer Student Day as well as the spirit of excellence that everyone had. “I absolutely fell in love with Evangel.”
She loves to guide the admissions team as they help new students through the admissions process. “Evangel was a phenomenal experience for me. It changed my life. My admissions counselor played a vital role in that. I am so excited to be able to walk with students through this huge life-changing experience and be a small part of such a defining time in life.”
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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