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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

Dean of Enrollment and Alumni Services

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; DMin, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2014

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 (wife- Abby), Sara Beth, Jill (husband- Daniel), and David!

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.

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 23 years (15 with Admissions and now 8 with Alumni). I absolutely LOVE counseling upcoming graduates and alumni as they search for new ministry positions. It’s blessing to see God move our men and women out into places of ministry and service. I especially enjoy encouraging our 2100+ women alumnae in their current ministries. They are fabulous!!

For the past 12 years, I've had the privilege of teaching as an adjunct professor in the Educational Ministries and Leadership 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 and five great 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.

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.

Greta Birtell

Greta Birtell

Alumni Assistant

AAS, Colby Community College, 1981.

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

I’ve seen some incredible people come through this school as I’ve worked in Admissions, Placement, and for a short time the Accounting office over the years. Now I’m serving those same incredible people in the Alumni office with my favorite boss, Greg Hatteberg.

Before coming to DTS, I attended Colby Community College in Kansas where I received an associate’s degree in Veterinary technology. My dad was a vet and he passed along his love for animals. 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 help in a behind-the-scenes role, where I prefer to be. But if I can help answer any questions about DTS or help connect you with other alumni, please 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.”

Dave Hummel

Dave Hummel

Alumni Media Coordinator

BS, Penn State University; BS, Jönköping University; Current ThM Student, Dallas Theological Seminary

Worked in Alumni since: May 2014

I’m the son of a pastor, my mom is a preschool director, and I have four siblings; two brothers and two sisters. I enjoy the great outdoors—hunting, hiking, and going to our family cabin and I enjoy playing my trumpet (when I find the time.) I graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Elementary Education and taught fifth grade as a long-term substitute before realizing God’s call to ministry. Determining the right seminary for me wasn’t much of a challenge—I’d worked at a Christian conference center during summers in high school. Many of the speakers were DTS alumni or faculty and their ability to handle the Scriptures was one that showed love for God, trust in His Word, and love for His people.

My time at DTS is a privilege and a blessing that extends to my job in the Alumni and Placement Office. As I prepare the eNews and Connection, I learn from alumni across the country and around the world who serve the Lord. It is encouraging, as a current student, to read stories of God’s provision in ministry and personal circumstances. It’s also interesting to edit resumes and work with students who are on the cusp of their post-seminary journey.

Erica Ashley

Erica Ashley

Placement Assistant

BA, University of Georgia; current MA/BC student, Dallas Theological Seminary

Worked in Alumni since: June 2014

Growing up in Georgia I grew to love college football and the sweetness of the south. Go Dawgs! I moved to Dallas in 2011 to pursue more education in counseling and have since come to appreciate a Texan’s love for their “state/country”. God has used my experiences since trusting Christ to cultivate in me a heart that loves people. One of my greatest passions is serving others toward finding hope and purpose in the midst of pain and brokenness.

In times of margin I enjoy the outdoors, reading, spending time with friends, and cooking. I’m also excited to marry my best friend, Chris, in December 2014! A verse that has impacted me the most through joy and trial is Isaiah 42:16, “I will lead the blind in ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.”

Greg HattebergGreg Hatteberg Dean of Enrollment and Alumni Services
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Paul PettitPaul Pettit Director of Placement
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Jerry LawrenceJerry Lawrence Alumni and Placement Coordinator
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Kevin HawkinsKevin Hawkins Alumni and Placement Coordinator
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Greta BirtellGreta Birtell Alumni Assistant
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Dave HummelDave Hummel Alumni Media Coordinator
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Erica AshleyErica Ashley Placement Assistant
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