Meet the Staff
Vice President for Advancement
Kim Till has been on the Seminary staff since 1996. She serves as Vice President for Advancement, and oversees the operation of the Dallas Seminary Foundation. Kim has devoted over 30 years to working for charitable organizations. She began as a public relations director at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, and has served as a development director for a secondary school and a social service agency as well as an assistant vice president for development with the Baylor Health Care System Foundation in Dallas, Texas. She was also a consultant with Cargill Associates in Fort Worth, Texas, directing capital campaigns and providing general fund-raising counsel nationally.
Kim is a native of Florida and graduated from Jones College in Jacksonville, Florida. She has been certified as a fund-raising professional (CFRE) since 1987 with the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP), and is a speaker and seminar leader for AFP as well as the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). She and her husband, Ray, hold leadership roles in their local church and Kim also enjoys serving on the board of Real Choices Medical Pregnancy Center in Grapevine, Texas. Ray and Kim have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Executive Director of Advancement
Donnie grew up in Dallas and joined DTS as the Director of Advancement in July 2012. Serving now as the Executive Director of Advancement, he leads the gift officer team for the Seminary. Donnie has twenty-five years of leadership experience as a development and fundraising professional. He has led the development efforts for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in both Dallas and Fort Worth and served as Western Regional Director of Development for Washington D.C.-based Family Research Council (FRC) during Gary Bauer’s leadership of FRC. A graduate of the University of Texas, Donnie was a football coach for five years and also worked in the corporate and commercial real estate business for seven years. In 2009, he published a book entitled Tom Landry—Man of Character with DTS graduate and board member Ken Horton.
Senior Advancement Officer
Doug Mackinnon has been with DTS for over 20 years, serving first with the Dallas Seminary Foundation before moving to Advancement. Prior to joining DTS, he worked in the commercial real estate business in Dallas. Doug grew up in Houston and College Station. He received his undergraduate degree from Baylor where he also played varsity tennis. Doug later earned an M.B.A. from SMU. He is married to Jalaine and the proud father of three teenage boys.
Senior Advancement Officer
John grew up in Baltimore and began serving at DTS as a Senior Advancement Officer in the Spring of 2016 after serving in multiple Advancement roles in Christian higher education on both the east and west coasts. John graduated from DTS with a Th.M. degree and has a heart to keep theological education affordable for those who are called to serve the Church professionally. John and his wife Sharon have been married for over twenty-five years and have identical twin teenage daughters, Rebecca and Rachel. He is also an avid reader and television sports enthusiast.
Director for Advancement, DTS-Houston
James Pitman joined DTS as the Director of Advancement for DTS-Houston in July 2013. He most recently led the development department for the College of Biblical Studies - Houston. He comes from a missions background, having traveled to over 20 nations, and has a passionate commitment to see ministry leaders equipped to take God’s Word worldwide. James and his wife Christian are members of Houston's First Baptist Church and live near downtown Houston.
Dana has served in the Advancement and Foundation departments at DTS since 2001. She has had a career emphasizing customer service. Prior to joining DTS, Dana worked 12 years as a Systems Engineer at IBM, then joined UT Southwestern Medical Center and the University Hospital where she served as their Director of Guest Services and Community Relations. She enjoys interacting with people and has great appreciation for the excellent teaching of God’s Word she has received at DTS and from DTS alumni. She received her BA from the University of Oklahoma and has her MS in Speech Pathology from SMU. She enjoys teaching Bible studies, cooking, travel, and walking for exercise. Dana is married to Jeff Barber, the Executive Director at a local church.
Director of Donor Management and Free Online Courses Administrator
Jacob is the Online Courses Administrator for DTS’s free online courses (courses.dts.edu). He also serves the DTS Advancement Department as the Director of Donor Management. He manages mass mail and web communications to DTS donors and constituents, and is the administrator of the DTS donor database. He enjoys the challenges and variety his position offers, whether that involves crafting new online courses, training staff on new software, or optimizing workflow. Jacob received his BS from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and is currently a DTS student pursuing a Master of Arts in Christian Education, with an emphasis in youth ministry. He is newly married, and he enjoys spending time with his wife, Dayna, as well as reading books and watching films.
Impact Partner Director
Nancy grew up in a military family where DC, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Germany were all home. After receiving an Interior Design degree from the University of Oklahoma, she pursued a career as a commercial interior designer, certified by ASID. In 1997, Nancy joined the DTS Advancement team as a Special Event Coordinator, and she now serves DTS as an Impact Partner Director in donor relations and development. She is on the board of Young Life Bethesda (a special needs branch) and is on the board of Grace and Knowledge Academy in Jege, Nigeria. Also, for over 20 years Nancy has attended Community Bible Study in Dallas. She is married to husband Bond and has a daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Tom Kelton, and a son, Colin Beams.
Administrator for Advancement Officers
Kelly has been on the Advancement staff since 2012. She is a native Hoosier, born and raised in St. Paul, Indiana and hails as an alumna from both Purdue University (B.S. in Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional, and Tourism Mgmt.) and Indiana University (M.A. in Philanthropic Studies). She moved to Rockwall, Texas when she married her husband, Dan, in October 2010. In spring 2013 she began working on her Th.M. degree. Kelly’s work experience prior to coming on staff at DTS includes five years in meeting and event planning for a large pharmaceutical company and 10 years of experience working in donor development, fundraising, and event planning with TCM International Institute, one of the largest seminaries serving Europe and Central Asia. In the DTS Advancement office, Kelly works in donor relations and on several projects, including the Christmas Service Project, supporter tours, supporter lunches and dinners, and the golf tournament.