Meet The Writing Center Staff

Dr. Amy Crider

Writing Center Coordinator

I am delighted to be here at SBTS as the Writing Center Coordinator and help people hone their writing skills for both their course work and their future ministry. I love the SBTS vision that graduates will be kingdom movers and shakers. Since movers and shakers throughout church history have often been writers, time here at SBTS is a great opportunity to become an engaging writer. In addition to being part of the Writing Center team, I have the joy of  teaching writing and literature courses at Boyce College.

Kathy Driver

Kathy Driver tutorPrior to coming to Southern Seminary in 2014, I worked for seven and a half years in the Writing Center at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. I enjoyed working with students of all ages and nationalities at there and now have the privilege of serving students here at Southern Seminary since 2014. My husband and I came to Southern due to his appointment as seminary librarian and church history professor. I graduated from the University of Alabama (Huntsville) with a B. A. in English and music minor and a M. A. in Theological Studies from Southwestern Seminary.

Zak Tharp

Zak TharpZak Tharp (@zaktharp12) is an editor, writer and lay pastor, pursuing an M. Div at SBTS. He grew up in rural East Texas and holds a B. A. in Communications Studies with a minor in Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has served in camp ministry and as an intern at Fredonia Hill Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, TX. Currently, in addition to being a member of Sojourn Community Church, he serves as an Associate Editor for Gospel-Centered Discipleship. Zak enjoy coffee, hammocks, hiking, theology, and seeing people savor Jesus.

Brandon Brown

After being raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, BrandonI joined the Army almost immediately after graduating high school. During my time in the military, I traveled to and was stationed in many different states in the U.S.—Georgia, Texas, Virginia, California, to name a few– and have even been deployed to different countries around the world, including Germany, two times in Iraq, and, for about six months, the southern mountain region of Turkey. In August of 2013, I finished serving my eight year contract with the military, packed up my bags, and flew my wife and 130 pound Newfoundland from Kaiserslautern, Germany to Louisville, Kentucky where, ever since, I have been enrolled in the seminary track program at Boyce College and Southern Seminary. When I’m not working on something for school or putting together projects for the Writing Center, I enjoy lifting weights and running on the treadmill at the gym located just a few blocks down the street, cooking “gourmet” food, reading books listed in my own personal syllabus, growing as a writer, and, most important of all, spending time with my wife.

Cheyenne Haste

CheyenneHasteCheyenne joined the Writing Center staff in 2014 while her husband, Matt, was completing his doctoral work on campus. She is a 2005 graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she studied journalism and mass communication, and is also (slowly) working on an M.A. at SBTS. The Hastes currently reside in South Carolina with their three kids; Matt serves on the faculty of Columbia International University, while Cheyenne enjoys homeschooling, and of course, reading your papers.

Stephen Choy

After practicing law as a civil litigator in the Stephen Choygreat city of Toronto, Ontario, Stephen Choy moved to SBTS with his wife to begin his M.Div in 2018. He is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario (Canada), where he completed his studies in Social and Political Thought (Hons. B.A.) and Law (J.D.).  He has a passion for writing, which comes not only from his academic and professional background, but also from his greatest influence, his father, who has been a faithful pastor and expositor of the Word for the past 35 years.  In his spare time, Stephen enjoys biblearcing, watching movies with his wife, and playing basketball (despite his diminutive stature).


Lindsey Corter

LindLindseysey was raised in Massachusetts, and she completed her B.A. in English (with Spanish and Biblical Studies minors) at Gordon College.  She discovered the joy of tutoring writing while in college through her work at Gordon’s writing center.  She also developed her love for both theology and local church ministry, which shaped her decision to enroll as an MDiv student at Southern.  Soon after moving to Louisville, Lindsey became a member of Third Avenue Baptist Church; life at Third provided the happy occasion for Lindsey to meet her fiancé, Colton, with whom she hopes to minister overseas.

Lisa Graham

Lisa GrahamLisa Graham joined the Writing Center staff in 2018 while her husband, Michael, was completing his Ph.D in New Testament at SBTS. She is a 2008 graduate of Liberty University, where she studied English and psychology. In 2015, she graduated with an M.Ed. in English Instruction, and she is slowly working to complete an M.A. in English from Morehead State University. Michael, Lisa, and their five children recently moved to Arad, Israel. As Michael pursues post-graduate studies at Bar-Ilan University in Tel-Aviv, Lisa enjoys caring for and homeschooling their kids. In her free time, Lisa likes to go on walks, drink tea, and read classic literature.


Matthew Harper

Matthew harper

Matthew Harper is in the Seminary Track program at Boyce College. He enjoys answering questions, providing feedback on papers, and helping out new students. He attends and serves at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville and hopes to one day pursue ministry overseas. When he’s not writing or reading, Matthew loves hiking, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Clare Ro

CClare Rolare graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a major in Chinese and a minor in Korean. She received her M.A. at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in TESOL and has worked in the TESOL field for several years. She has a passion for languages and many years of experience with immigrants, international students, and refugees. Clare and her husband have a beautiful three-year-old daughter. In her free time, Clare loves to read, meet people, and spend time with her family.

Allie Roland


After completing a Bachelors of Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware and a year teaching high school math, Allie recognized her passion for theology and discipleship. Starting as an online student in 2015, Allie began seminary while working in college ministry at the University of Delaware. After getting married to her husband, Charlie, in July 2017, she packed her bags and headed to Louisville to become an on-campus student along with her husband. For fun, Allie enjoys seeking out new experiences, cooking, baking, and all things artistic.

Timothy Stanton

Timothy StantonTimothy Stanton grew up on a sheep farm in rural New Zealand but had no desire to write until moving to Louisville to study in the Seminary Track program at Boyce College. In his first semester as a Boyce student—after taking one of Dr. Crider’s English courses—Crider’s passion for writing and insightful feedback provoked him to aspire to write and to help others express themselves clearly. In his spare time, he drinks espresso, reads Commonwealth history, and enjoys British poetry.


Torey Teer

Torey Teer

Torey Teer is a Bible teacher and freelance editor from Dallas, Texas. He obtained a B.S. in Biology from Texas A&M University, holds a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and will begin his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at SBTS in Spring 2019. Torey and his beloved wife, Elizabeth, previously served in leadership with the Young Adult Ministry at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas and the College and Young Adult Ministry at Waxahachie Bible Church in Texas. Torey enjoys all things Sci-Fi and Fantasy, going to the movies, and long walks—not on the beach—with his wife.

Becky Williams

Becky Williams

Becky Williams grew up as a military kid, which led to a love of travel, cultures, and people. She holds a B.A. in Communications, with an emphasis in journalism and a minor in English. With that degree, the Lord has allowed her to work for the past ten years in various communication settings, including with non-profits and publications. Currently, she’s pursuing further studies in the sciences, so returning to her writing roots by working with students through the Writing Center is a joy for her. She is thankful for the ability to help students hone their communication skills for Christ’s glory through the writing opportunities provided at Boyce College and SBTS; she loves that God equips us to honor Him through communication.

Chessa Williams

Chessa WilliamsChessa moved from sunny (and perfect) California to Louisville to attend Southern Seminary in August 2016. She received a B.A. in Music with a minor in Classical Languages from Scripps College in southern California and is currently pursuing a Masters of Church Music in piano. Chessa married the wonderful and brillian Jordan Williams in June of 2017 and they are having a blast being in seminary together. Chessa is also a proud member of Doxology vocal ensemble here at Southern. When not held up in the practice room, she can be found reading, hiking, and engaging in all manners of outdoor adventure.

Michael Woodall

Michael WoodallA teacher by profession and by passion, Michael enjoys helping others learn and flourish. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Christian Philosophy and Old Testament at SBTS. He holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies (Criswell College) and M.A. in Theology (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary). Michael and his wonderful wife Jessica have two lovable daughters.

Dr. Huafang Xu


Huafang and her husband came to SBTS in 2011. After he obtained his M.Div. in 2014, he was called to minister to a local Chinese Mission. She completed her doctoral studies in Church History May of 2018. Prior to moving to the States, she received her B.A. and M.A. in English Language and Literature from Beijing University, where she went on to teach college English reading and writing for nine years. SBTS’s seriousness about the gospel and world mission resonates strongly with her and her family. They love being part of SBTS! Huafang is glad to help students with any questions they may have about writing.

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