Kody Gibson – Director of Admissions – kcgibson@sbts.edu

kgibsonKody Gibson is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, and received his Masters of Divinity in Christian Ministry from Southern Seminary. Originally from Edmond, OK, he now lives in Louisville with his wife, Juli, and children, Liv and Campbell. He is a member at Sojourn Community Church’s Midtown Campus. Outside of the Admissions Office, Kody enjoys spending time with his family, eating at Louisville’s many great restaurants, and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals, Oklahoma Sooners, and Oklahoma City Thunder. Follow Kody on Twitter at @KodyGibby.

Ben Ward – Associate Director of Admissions and Enrollment Initiatives bward@sbts.edu

Ben Ward is a graduate of Southern Seminary and Boyce College earning his M.A. in Missiology and his B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies. Born and raised in Knoxville, TN , he now resides in Louisville, KY with his wife, Lindsey, and children, Judah and Ava. They are members of Highview Baptist Church, where he has the opportunity to serve on the missions team. Ben enjoys athletics, especially basketball and following Volunteer sports. Follow Ben on Twitter at @benward45.

Ed Stucky – Associate Director of Recruiting and Special Projects –estucky@sbts.edu

estuckyEd Stucky received his B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Boyce College, and received his Masters of Divinity in Applied Apologetics from the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at Southern Seminary. He pastors New Salem Baptist Church in Louisville. Ed finished his M.A. in Biblical Counseling from the School of Theology in 2013 and is finished with course work and in the writing stage of his Doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southern Seminary. Ed has been married to Karen for almost three and a half decades. He has one son, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and 2 grandchildren. He enjoys golf and anything that has to do with being on the water. Ed is also a huge Boston sports fan except for the Patriots. Follow Ed on Twitter at @thestuckyman.


Joannah Olsen – Admissions Counselor – jolsen@sbts.edu

jolsenJoannah is new to Louisville and the Southern Seminary family. She moved here from Lynchburg, VA in January of 2016 and has loved her time in Louisville so far! She is newly married to Cameron who is currently seeking his Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary. Joannah plans to begin her own M.Div studies in the fall. She is a graduate of Liberty University with a bachelors in International Relations and she will be graduating this summer with a Master of Arts in Public Policy. She and her husband attend Sojourn East and serve in the Children’s Ministry. They look forward to seeking God’s will and their future ministry serving His church. Follow Joannah on Twitter at @Joannah_Olsen

Aaron Burkhart – Admissions Counselor- aburkhart@sbts.edu

aburkhartAaron is the most recent addition to our admissions team. He is a graduate of Liberty University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministry, and met is his beautiful wife, Melissa. Originally from South Bend, IN Aaron moved to Louisville in August 2015 so he and his wife could pursue their Master of Divinity at Southern Seminary. Aaron is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church where he serves on the welcome team and in the children’s ministry. As much as they have fallen in love with Louisville (and the incredible local coffee scene), Aaron and Melissa feel called to one day plant churches oversees in the U.K. or Western Europe. Follow Aaron on Twitter at @aaronburkhart