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Meet our Faculty and Staff

Beth Bennet, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Beth Zucconi was born to a family of school teachers in the foothills of the Pennsylvania mountains near the town of Shippensburg. From both of her parents she was taught a love of God, a love of the Church, and the joys of learning new things. From a father of Italian-American heritage came an appreciation for travel, good stories, pasta, and other intriguing foods. From a Swiss-German mother came a love of order, attention to detail, and hearty work. This blend of attributes coalesced merrily in the academic world, where each became useful in crafting a life far different than practiced in the Cumberland Valley.

Beth received her Bachelors of Science in chemistry from Shippensburg University. She then moved to the University of Maryland Baltimore where she received a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology while working in the lab of Dr. Gerald Wilson. The emphasis of her research was mRNA stability and the biophysics of RNA-protein interactions. After graduating, Beth worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Phil Cole, first at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, and then at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. There, her research interests have been in epigenetic pharmacology primarily involving acetyltransferase enzymes.

Beth tries to show love to those around her wherever she finds herself. In graduate school she was deeply involved in a student-led initiative to feed the homeless in Baltimore City. As a post-doc she was involved in international scholar fellowships both in Baltimore and Boston. In 2017, Beth married David Bennett III. They live together in the city of Boston with their toddler son.

Jeremy Brackett

Director of Student Services

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Mr. Brackett holds an M.B.A. from Corban University in Non-Profit Management, a Bachelor's of Science in Bible/Theology and Interdisciplinary Studies from New Hope Christian College and is completing his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Capella University.  Mr. Brackett has experience as a retail manager and co-owned a construction company for six years. He has also taught undergraduate business courses at New Hope Christian College as an adjunct instructor.

Mr. Brackett has been married to Jessica for twelve years and they currently have nine children: Stephanie, Elijah, Joshua, Caleb, Mercy, Enoch, Justin, Temperance, and Conrad.  They have been part of an Anabaptist church in Halsey, Oregon for the last eight years. Mr. Jeremy Brackett’s testimony and journey in Kingdom churches will be an asset to the college.

In addition to teaching in the business program,  Mr. Brackett will be primarily involved this year with student services. He will be the man to talk to about things related to clubs, local events, housing needs, academic success resources, and really anything that relates to your academic or social needs here at Sattler College.

Lisa Covington, M.S., M.S.

Assistant Academic Dean

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Lisa Covington has a diverse educational and occupational background. She holds a Master of Science degree in Sociology, a Master of Science degree in Occupational and Technical Studies (Adult Education), with concentrations in Psychology, Business and Industry Training, and College Instruction, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a management concentration. Her research interests included psychopathology, empathic development, domestic violence/trauma, and criminology. She has 17 years of experience in higher education, having served as a professor, in institutional effectiveness, in accreditation efforts, and in administration. Her professional passions in instruction involve appealing to various student learning styles and facilitating professional development to help colleagues generate ideas for application-oriented instruction. Additionally, she is an entrepreneur, and prior to transitioning into higher education, she worked as an administrative manager in health care and in manufacturing.

Lisa and her husband, Garry, reside in Alton, Virginia, and have one son, Cameron, a cybersecurity professional in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She is a Christian, saved by grace through faith, and loves her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In addition to her family, her personal passions include lifting praises in song to God, her Silky Terrier - Bella, reading, music, blogging, and photography. 

Susan Deal

Executive Assistant

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Susan Deal’s role as Executive Assistant at Sattler is a career shift after serving in music ministry for 30 years in Baptist churches in Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. Her relatively new career allows her to exercise her passions for organization and collaboration. Susan holds a Master of Music in Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and a Bachelor of Music Education from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Susan and her husband, Tommy, live in Palmyra, Virginia, near Charlottesville. They moved there recently to be near their children and grandchildren. Their oldest son, Ragan, his wife, Jessica and their son, Thomas, live in Richmond, Virginia. William and his wife, Mary Kate live in Lynchburg, Virginia, with their twin daughters Dorothy and Adeline. In addition to spending time with her family, Susan accompanies for the local high school chorus and Charlottesville’s community youth chorus and sings in her church choir and community chorus. Her other interests are golf, boating, hiking, and exploring historic landmarks.

Kevin Derrivan

CFO, COO, and Professor of Business

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Mr. Kevin Derrivan holds an M.B.A. from Northeastern University in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Fitchburg State University and is completing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Bridgeport.

Kevin has more than 25 years’ experience in finance and accounting, having spent the last 10 years in higher education. In addition, he teaches a variety of finance and accounting classes, with a particular interest in the social entrepreneurship program.

Zack Johnson, MPP

Dean of Students

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Mr. Johnson holds a Master in Public Policy concentrating in International and Global Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree from the United States Air Force Academy in Management. Mr. Johnson worked for the Air Force as a congressional analyst before receiving an honorable discharge as a conscientious objector. He also spent time in Mozambique working in development and disaster relief.

Mr. Johnson was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador and has a passion for Christianity and the international realm. His interests include models of world change, travel, and languages. He developed an allegiance to the historic Christian faith while studying the Bible through Greek and finding a faithful church community. His graduate study research focused on developing recommendations for the Secretary of the Air Force’s Office of International Affairs on partner collaboration platforms where he received a certificate in Management, Leadership, and Decision-Making from the Kennedy School. During his undergraduate studies, he also minored in Portuguese and spent time studying in Portugal.

Matthew Kauffman

Senior Accountant

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Matthew Kauffman is currently enrolled in an MBA program with a concentration in Accounting
with the Suffolk University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with a focus on
Linguistics from Excelsior College. He has taught Articulatory Phonetics in both collegiate and
private classes. Matthew has spent extensive time overseas working with the linguistic analysis
of various unwritten languages of Tanzania, East Africa. He directed the translation of two
books of the Bible into one of these vernaculars after developing its orthography. While Bible
translation has been his primary passion, accounting has been the trade that has kept food on
his family’s table. He has worked in accounting capacities for small businesses for most of the
last 20 years. QuickBooks and financial reporting have become almost second nature in his
work environment.

Matthew recently relocated his family to Boston where they are committed to assisting in the
growth of the church of the anointed Jesus. He loves doing exegetical study of the Bible and
sharing its riches with those around him. He married Melissa in 2010 and they have been
blessed with five beautiful children.

Kimberly Kirtz

Director of Marketing

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Kimberly Kirtz was born in the nation’s capital and grew up right next door in northern Virginia. Not content to stay put, she quickly spread her wings to other parts of the country—serving as an urban missionary, directing a summer camp program, and apprenticing on an educational farm, among other experiences. She is passionate about issues of food insecurity and basic literacy; but, more than anything else, she is passionate about growing and strengthening the Kingdom of God. When she isn’t working at Sattler or finishing up her marketing degree, Kimberly can be found reading, bouldering, hiking, and trying out new recipes.

Finny Kuruvilla, MD, PhD

Board of Trustees, Professor

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Dr. Kuruvilla holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, a PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from Harvard University, a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree from Caltech in Chemistry. He is a co-founder and the lead portfolio manager for Eventide Funds, a socially-responsible and values-based investing firm. From 2008-2016, he was a Principal at Clarus Ventures, a leading healthcare and life sciences venture capital firm. From 2005-2008, Dr. Kuruvilla was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard and MIT (Broad Institute) in medical genetics. Prior to this research, Dr. Kuruvilla was a resident physician and clinical fellow at two Boston area hospitals (Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston) where he cared for both adult and pediatric patients.

Dr. Kuruvilla has been a practicing Christian for many years. He has a keen interest in biblical interpretation and church history, for the purpose of fostering a strong and vibrant church today. His interests include ante-Nicene Christianity, Reformation and Anabaptist history, and the Great Awakenings of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. He is the author of King Jesus Claims His Church.

Andrew Lamicela

Instructor of Biblical Greek

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Andrew was born in New York City, and grew up in Lancaster County, PA. He was homeschooled all the way through highschool, and completed his BA in Liberal Arts in 2013. He completed an MA in Linguistics through SIL's program at the University of North Dakota in 2020.

Andrew began studying Koine Greek at a young age, and soon developed a passion for the language. In the last few years he has been teaching communicative Greek privately in Lancaster County. He is especially interested in applying concepts from the field of linguistics in order to better understand Greek.

Andrew has a long-term interest in translating the Bible into a language that does not currently have it. He spent three months in Colombia, and is interested in possibly returning there to serve in the future. Besides Greek and linguistics, he loves soccer and classical music. He enjoys singing in choirs and small groups whenever he has the opportunity.

Paul Lamicela, PhD

Adjunct Faculty

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Paul Lamicela received his PhD in biblical theology from Southern Seminary (where he also earned his MDiv). His dissertation was on 2 Peter's use of the Old Testament under Thomas R. Schreiner. Dr. Lamicela's academic emphasis is in NT use of the OT, approaches to biblical hermeneutics, and the relationship between OT and NT more broadly. He is also interested in literary approaches to the Bible, and in the study of historical and cultural backgrounds.
For the past several years, Dr. Lamicela has taught classes in PA on "Understanding the Biblical Storyline." He is passionate about helping people encounter the truth, goodness, and beauty of Scripture’s grand story.
Dr. Lamicela is a very happy husband to Laura, and a member of Charity Christian Fellowship in Leola, PA. He and Laura love to travel and to cook and taste foods from around the world.

Hans Leaman, JD, PhD

Assistant Professor of History

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Hans Leaman received his A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. from Yale University’s History Department and Renaissance Studies Program. He comes most recently from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany, where he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Ethics, Law & Politics Department. He also taught for two years at Yale University as Postdoctoral Associate in the Integrated Humanities, developing interdisciplinary courses on refugee studies, religion and human rights, and the history of educational thought. Prior to completing his Ph.D., he practiced law with an international firm in Washington, D.C.

Hans is especially interested in the role that religion plays in the community-formation and integration of immigrant groups. He has examined courts’ construal of religious persecution and religious freedom in refugee law and human rights law, and he wrote his dissertation on consolation literature that Reformation-era Lutheran and Anabaptist pastors wrote to encourage their confessional brethren when they faced exile on account of religious non-conformity. As an attorney, he also worked pro bono on behalf of contemporary refugees and asylum-seekers in Washington, D.C. and Connecticut. He grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and is always grateful to return for the fresh produce, hymn sings, and sunsets over the farmland.

Jonathan McLatchie, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Jonathan McLatchie is a Christian writer, international speaker and debater. He holds a Bachelor’s degree (with Honors) in forensic biology, a Masters (M.Res) degree in evolutionary biology, a second Master's degree in medical and molecular bioscience, and a PhD in evolutionary biology. Jonathan is a contributor to various apologetics websites, including CrossExamined.org, the Christian Apologetics Alliance, and AnsweringMuslims.com. He is also a contributor at Evolution News & Science Today, the official blog of the Discovery Institute. He is the founder of the Apologetics Academy (Apologetics-Academy.org), a ministry that seeks to equip and train Christians to persuasively defend the faith through regular online webinars, as well as assist Christians who are wrestling with doubts. Jonathan has also been interviewed on podcasts and radio shows including "Unbelievable?" on Premier Christian Radio, “Line of Fire” radio, "the one minute apologist", and many others. He has also been a featured guest multiple times on ABN Sat’s Trinity channel discussing issues pertinent to science and faith, as well as Islam and Christianity. Jonathan has participated in more than thirty moderated debates around the world with representatives of atheism, Islam, and other alternative worldview perspectives. Jonathan has spoken internationally in Europe, North America and South Africa promoting an intelligent, reflective and evidence-based Christian faith.

Michael Miller, JD


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Mr. Miller earned his doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Bible and Biblical Languages from Bob Jones University. After graduation, he continued to study Koine Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic in seminary. As an attorney, he practiced general business law, including contracts, franchising, and corporate governance. In addition to his law practice, he taught business law, corporate ethics and health care law in an MBA program and continues to lecture on media law and legal issues in ministry. He most recently served as assistant to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Bob Jones University, assisting with the university’s successful efforts to achieve regional accreditation, and concurrently served as the University’s Title IX Coordinator, overseeing institutional compliance with federal civil rights laws and supervising a team of civil rights investigators.

Mr. Miller was converted as a teenager. Being biblically illiterate, he hungered to learn the Word of God, which led him to study Bible in college. He still enjoys nothing more than studying the Scriptures in their original languages and sharing with others the simple but life-altering truths of the Bible. This led him to teach in a Christian prison ministry for six years. Insatiably curious and an avid reader, he tackles everything from genetics to poverty to nonresistance to epistemology, but is particularly drawn to early church and radical reformation history. Michael met his wife, Elizabeth, when they worked together as college admission counselors. They have two sons, whom they homeschooled, and are now grandparents.

Harrison Miller

Executive Assistant and Administrative Faculty in Communications

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Harrison Miller completed his Master of Arts degree in Theatre from Bob Jones University, where he also earned a BA in the Humanities. His work and study center on the artistic expression of marginal communities. For his Master’s thesis, Harrison directed a production of the Greek tragedy Philoctetes and led a discussion forum after each performance addressing the themes of chronic pain and illness in the community. He hopes to continue making theatre that comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. Theatre, for him, is the intersection of his faith and practice – the perfect place from which to proclaim the Hope of the Nations.

Harrison came to Christ out of his own affliction. Having tried to live out the Christian life on his own, his failures and frustrations followed him incessantly. Finally, in college, he accepted Christ as the only Savior in his life. Since then, he has trusted in God to lead him in His perfect will, from changing his major, to pursuing his Master’s degree, to leading the youth ministry at his church, and now to Sattler College to do the work of training up Christian leaders.

Jeremy Oliver, MALS, MDIV

Visiting Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies

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Jeremy Oliver is currently pursuing a PhD in biblical studies with an emphasis in biblical counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his PhD, a particular area of interest is the history of pastoral care. He holds a MDiv from Faith Bible Seminary, a master’s degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in history from Valparaiso University, and a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in philosophy from Indiana University. He is also certified in biblical counseling through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

Jeremy has a wide range of ministry experiences including serving in pastoral ministry for roughly a decade as well as serving as a Spiritual Life Director, Bible Instructor, and Bible Department Head for a Christian preparatory school. In his role with the Christian preparatory school, he developed and implemented a new scope and sequence for the Bible department, oversaw a community service program, and oversaw the execution of thirty-nine mission trips. He has also administrated an extension site of a graduate program in biblical counseling and served ministry and academic mentor for the students in the program. He serves with Soul Care Consulting, most recently as a co-author of Freedom Group curriculum, a material that walks participants through the process of biblical change.

Jeremy has teaching experience in variety of subjects including biblical counseling, biblical studies, ethics, comparative world religions, historical and systematic theology, and apologetics.

He and his wife, Jen, were married in 2006 and God has blessed them with two children.

William Oliver, DM

Professor of Business

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Dr. Oliver holds a master’s from MIT and a Doctor of Management from Case Western.  He taught in the undergraduate and master’s programs at Brandeis, UMass Amherst, Tufts, Gordon College, and UC Irvine. Dr. Oliver has founded four companies and invested as a partner in a venture capital firm. He has consulted to senior leadership of big business, working with Bain & Company and KPMG.  In addition, he has consulted to government agencies, bringing the benefit of commercial-sector experience in outsourcing, business process improvement and using data to improve management decision making.  He has served as CFO of three companies and on the boards of three commercial companies and four non-profits.

Dr. Oliver was raised in a Christian family and committed his life to the Lord while in college.  He has held many teaching and leadership roles in the Church. He attends Grace Chapel, where he heads a program for special needs adults which he started 10 years ago.  Dr. Oliver lives in Bedford, MA with his wife, Heather.  They have three adult daughters. He serves as the Treasurer of L’Arche Boston North, a mission-focused community where people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them live together as a family and a sign of hope to the greater community.  He also volunteers with Special Olympics and an adaptive ski program. He even hand-made a wooden kayak.

Karen Peachy

Adjunct Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies

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Karen has been providing care as a nurse for some years. She obtained her Master's degree in nursing from Thomas Edison University. Currently, Karen teaches at PSU as a psychiatric clinical nurse instructor. Sensing a strong desire to help people beyond her nursing, Karen entered into a Master's degree program at Capital Seminary and Graduate School, where she obtained her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In addition to teaching, she works as a counselor at New Life Counseling in Belleville, PA. Her focus in therapy is working with clients experiencing distress related to trauma, effects from abuse, depression, anxiety, and relational issues. From a biblical worldview perspective, she counts it a privilege to assist clients in reaching their goals and helping them overcome obstacles to living life fully. Currently, Karen is pursuing a Ph.D. in counseling and psychological studies at Regent University. Karen grew up in Belleville, PA, with eleven siblings. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family, being in nature, hiking, gardening, and spending time at the beach.

Darren Penn, PhD

Assistant Professor of Humanities

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Darren Penn holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in English literature and creative writing from Brandeis University. Before joining Sattler, he taught in the Writing Program at Boston University. His teaching experience includes courses on Modernist literature; American poetry from 1900-1950; Twentieth-Century poetry; resistance and rebellion rhetoric; and Holocaust literature. His research interests focus on poetry and poetics, modernist poetry, lyric theory, critical theory, and Latin-American literature. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the poetry of Wallace Stevens.

Jesse Scheumann, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies

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Jesse Scheumann holds a PhD with a specialization in Hebrew from the University of the Free State in South Africa. He holds an MA in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, an MDiv and ThM from Bethlehem College and Seminary, and a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from University of Northwestern – St. Paul. In 2017, he founded Picture Hebrew with his wife, Merissa, to provide illustrated resources that help others internalize the language of Scripture.

Mr. Scheumann’s interests lie in the areas of generative linguistics, language acquisition, Greek and Hebrew exegesis, and biblical theology. He has been teaching communicative Hebrew for several years and is passionate to see any committed student become a lifelong reader of Greek and Hebrew. His desire is to build up the church, locally and globally.

Derrick Tate, PhD

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

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Prof. Derrick Tate is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Sattler College. He received a BSME degree from Rice University, and his SM and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering are from MIT in the areas of manufacturing and design. Prior to joining Sattler, he was Senior Associate Professor at Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University and founding Head of the Department of Industrial Design. Dr Tate has also held positions as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University and Associate Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University. Prof. Tate’s industrial experience includes working as a Manager of Applications Engineering at Axiomatic Design Software, Inc., a Boston-based start-up company.

Prof. Tate has been involved with Christian groups in China and America. Prof. Tate aims to impact society by bringing design thinking to areas of strategic importance and to integrate an understanding of human flourishing into the design of new products and services. His calling is to make space for Christians in academia, to bring Christian ideas into academic discourse, and to mentor a new generation of Christian researchers and professionals.

Dean Taylor


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Dean Taylor earned a Master of Health Science from the Texas Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler. Prior to assuming the presidency at Sattler College, Dean directed the Biblical Discipleship Center on Lesvos Island, Greece, where he was involved with developing Biblical training, discipleship and life skills for the migrants and their families seeking a new life.

Before college Dean served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. After questioning the role of Christians in warfare Dean began to study peace theology, social justice, and nonresistance under the Mennonite Central Committee. Through this study, Dean and his wife Tania resigned from the army as a conscientious objectors during the first Iraq war.  After leaving the Army Dean studied patristic theology and early Christian writings under historian David Bercot. Moving to Pennsylvania Dean began a speaking and teaching ministry in which he served as editor for The Heartbeat of the Remnant.  

Mr. Taylor has served in leadership in several Anabaptist churches and most recently was ordained a bishop in the Mine Road Beachy Amish Church for the purpose of planting churches among refugees in Greece. He has published several books, most notably A Change of Allegiance, which chronicles his journey from soldier to nonresistant Anabaptist. He is married to Tania and is father to three sons and three daughters.

Anthony Viola, MLIS

Director of Library

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Mr. Viola earned his Masters in Library and Information Science at Simmons College, prior to that he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing and communication at Emerson College. He began working in libraries during his high school years. First employed as a shelver in the Boston Public Library system, he has worked in a variety of positions from Cataloger, Technical Services Librarian and Reference and Instruction Librarian for a variety of schools and colleges such as Massachusetts Bay Community College, Quincy College, Milton Academy, Newbury College and Cambridge College.

Mr. Viola is a lifelong Boston resident. He grew up in East Boston, where he was raised in the Christian faith and was educated in both a parochial grammar and high school. He currently lives in Jamaica Plain.

Clark Wray

Director of Information Technology

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Mr. Wray's education and experience focus on network and systems administration. His interest and acuity in technology started young. He entered his information technology program at the age of 15 and launched a technology consulting and support business at 17. He became interested in education technologies when designing and implementing K-12 education systems. 

Mr. Wray was born and raised in rural Washington State and moved to California where he met his wife and started a family. He became enthusiastic about following Jesus when he discovered that the Kingdom of God is much more than a membership. He is passionate about building mission-driven communities that love and obey King Jesus.