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Alumni & Placement Staff

The mission of the Offices of Alumni & Church Relations is to encourage, enable, and equip the alumni of Dallas Theological Seminary to become everything that God would have them become.

Alumni Staff

Greg Hatteberg

Greg Hatteberg

Director of Alumni & Placement

AA in Agriculture Management/Production, Joliet Junior College, 1977; BA in Bible/Theology, Moody Bible Institute, 1980; ThM in Bible Exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1992.

Worked in Alumni since: July 2006 (Been on staff since 1984)

Growing up on a farm in Illinois, I had always thought I was going to be planting seeds and then watching God work. Little did I know that the Lord was going to make a slight change of “fields." Because of their extensive knowledge of the Word and godly character, the Lord used DTS alumni to shape my passion for planting the Word of God in the hearts of others and then watching God do the rest. In 1992, I graduated from DTS with a Masters of Theology in Bible Exposition with the training and passion to keep “planting the seeds."

In addition to serving in the Alumni office, I teach the course on Physical and Historical Geography of Israel, Walk Thru the Bible seminars, and the Rapid Reading Course (needed to help survive seminary!). I live east of Dallas in Garland with my bride, Lisa, and we have four precious kids: Luke, Sara, Jill, and David (a.k.a. Puka, Sepa, JuJu and Dabado)!

Paul Pettit

Paul Pettit

Director of Placement

BGS, University of Kansas, 1987; ASP, Moody Bible Institute, 1989; ThM in Pastoral Leadership, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1996; DMin, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2007.

Worked in Alumni since: January, 2012 (Been on staff since 1997)

Growing up in Kansas my father was a principal and my mother a teacher, so a future serving in education was somewhat inevitable. Being from Kansas, I'm a big KU basketball fan. Go Jayhawks! Since transplanting to Texas, I've come to appreciate good Texas BBQ and will grab any excuse to savor some of that delicious Texas fare.

One of my heart's desires is to see fathers develop to their fullest God-given potential. I have written several books on the topic and have a ministry called Dynamic Dads. Before coming to the Placement office I worked in the Admissions Office and most recently in the Spiritual Formation office. Along with now serving in the Alumni office, I teach a preaching and a media course. I live east of Dallas in Rockwall with my bride, Pam, and five children: Lauren, Austin, Evan, Haley, and Christian.

Greta Birtell

Greta Birtell

Alumni Assistant

AAS, Colby Community College, 1981.

Worked in Alumni since: July 2006 (on staff since 1984)

Hi! I’ve worked at DTS for over twenty years (I started when I was nine) and have seen some pretty incredible people come through this school. The Admissions office, the Placement office, and for a short time the Accounting office have been my home over the years. Now I’m serving in the Alumni office with my favorite boss, Greg Hatteberg.

Before I came to DTS, I attended Colby Community College in Colby, KS, where I received an associate’s degree in Veterinary technology. My dad is a vet in Kansas where I grew up, and he passed on his love of animals to me. My house is ruled by two dogs and a cat; well, actually just the cat since they are superior after all.

As an administrative assistant I make sure the behind-the-scenes “doings” get done. If I can help answer any questions about DTS or help connect you with other alumni, just let me know. As the great thinker, Winnie the Pooh, once said, “Things are always so much more grand and wonderful when your friends are there to share them.”

Kevin Hawkins

Kevin Hawkins

Alumni and Placement Coordinator

BA, Dallas Baptist University, 1999; ThM Dallas Theological Seminary, 2003; current DMin student, Dallas Theological Seminary

Worked in Alumni since: July 2006

I graduated from DTS with a Master of Theology degree in 2003, with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministries. As I continue to grow in the my role here, I am praying the kingdom of God will be impacted by actively and progressively reconnecting alumni to the Seminary. I also pray there will be great impact from placing the graduating students and alumni in ministries that please the Lord.

I am also the pastor of Anointed Fellowship Bible Church in Lancaster, Texas where I live with my wife Erika and our three sons. Under my leadership the ministry has grown from just over 40 people, to nearly 300 people.

Jerry Lawrence

Jerry Lawrence

Alumni and Placement Coordinator

BBA, Baylor University; MA(BS), Dallas Theological Seminary, 1991; MA/CE, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1995; DMin/CE, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2005.

Worked in Alumni since: January 2007 (on staff since 1991)

It’s hard to believe I’ve been at DTS for eighteen years (15 with Admissions and now 3 with Alumni). I absolutely LOVE my responsibilities as the Women’s Coordinator for Alumni & Placement serving our 1600+ women alumni. I especially enjoy counseling upcoming women graduates and alumni as they search for new ministry positions, and encouraging them in their current ministries. It’s blessing to see God move our women out into places of ministry and service. They are fabulous!!

For the past eight years, I have had the privilege of teaching as an adjunct professor in the Christian Education department. I appreciate the opportunity to build into the lives of our students!

I am fortunate to have been raised in a wonderful Christian home. I owe so much to my parents for their consistent examples of loving and serving Christ all their lives. Even in their retirement years, they are faithfully serving the Lord. My brother and three sisters are all married and involved in their various churches. Whenever possible, I love spending time with my family and twelve nieces and nephews! My interests include traveling, writing, reading, crafts, cooking and home improvement projects.

If you asked me what my perfect Saturday would be, I would have to say: being caught up on all my grading so I could either go antiquing with a good friend or stay at home and watch my favorite cooking shows, topped off with a good family-friendly movie.

Brandon Giella

Brandon Giella

Alumni Media Coordinator

BA, Georgia Southern University; current ThM student, Dallas Theological Seminary

Worked in Alumni since: January 2013

In the Alumni office my main responsibilities are editing the Dallas Connection and eNews. I also help with other administrative tasks. My undergraduate degree is in Writing from Georgia Southern University with a minor in Religious Studies. I am currently in the ThM program with an emphasis in Media. After completing seminary, I hope to defend and advance the faith with the world’s most powerful weapon: the pen. During my free time I am either reading or not reading.

Greg HattebergGreg Hatteberg Director of Alumni
Paul PettitPaul Pettit Director of Placement
Greta BirtellGreta Birtell Alumni Assistant
Kevin HawkinsKevin Hawkins Alumni and Placement Coordinator
Jerry LawrenceJerry Lawrence Alumni and Placement Coordinator
Brandon GiellaBrandon Giella Alumni Media Coordinator

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