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Student Services

Student Services welcomes you to Dallas Theological Seminary! We realize that God has brought you to us for a special season of growth and preparation, and we are here to serve you during this time.

The mission of Student Services is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to develop as a godly servant-leader through his or her social, cultural, spiritual, physical, and emotional life.

Department Information

Walvoord-1st Fl
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Student Services Staff

Robert Garippa Dean of Students

Oversees: Student life, Student Council, and other fun stuff

Katie Angland Office Manager / Receptionist

Oversees: office, advisors’ appointments, general sanity

Lynn Etta Manning Advisor for Women Students

Oversees: Women Student Fellowship (WSF)

Carolyn Hannah Advisor for Seminary Wives in Ministy (SWIM)

Oversees: Seminary Wives in Ministry (SWIM)

Terry Woodson Advisor for African-American Students

Oversees: Black Student Fellowship (BSF)

Kelly Cheatham Director of Counseling Services

Oversees: counseling therapy, MMPI-2 testing for new students

Rachel O'Brien International Student Advisor and Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities

Oversees: international student affairs, disability accommodation, International Student Fellowship Council (ISFC)

Erica Ford Assistant to the Advisor for International Students

Oversees: international student applications, international events and programs

Bill Bryan Chaplain

Oversees: weekly chapel services, Spiritual Life Board, mentoring, pastoral counseling

Allegra Fisher Assistant to the Chaplain

Oversees: chapel schedules and speakers, music, Chaplain Bill



  1. To equip and inform entering students so their academic, spiritual, social, cultural, physical, and emotional life while at DTS will be healthful and successful.
  2. To provide advising, counseling, and testing services to facilitate personal, family, and professional development.
  3. To provide advisement, programming, and services to enrich community, family life, personal interaction, social development, cultural awareness, physical development, and campus diversity.
  4. To provide a discipline process which ensures the Seminary’s standards are upheld and the students develop in integrity and godliness.
  5. To encourage campus community life, worship, and spiritual development through quality chapel programming.
  6. To provide opportunities for student participation in institutional decision-making and leadership development through student council and student groups.
  7. To assist and advise international students with INS regulations and in acclimating to their new culture.
  8. To contribute to the development of servant-leadership through contacts with every student.

The mission of Dallas Theological Seminary is to glorify God by equipping godly servant-leaders for the proclamation of His Word and the building up of the body of Christ worldwide.

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