Meet The Writing Center Staff

Dr. Alisha Biler

Writing Center Coordinator

Originally from Ohio, Alisha comes to SBTS after spending several years in South Carolina working on helping students develop writing skills. She earned her undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina. With an educational background in Linguistics, she enjoys all things related to language, reading, and writing. She is excited to join the community here at SBTS to support both students and faculty in their writing and ministry.

Kathy Driver

Kathy Driver tutorPrior to coming to SBTS 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 SBTS since 2014. My husband and I came to SBTS 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. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Church History at Ridley College Melbourne and completed an M.A. in Theological Studies from SBTS in 2019. 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 a pastoral intern in Nacogdoches, TX. Currently, he teaches high school English in Weatherford, TX. Zak is married to Hannah and enjoys coffee, hammocks, hiking, theology, and seeing people savor Jesus.

Laura-Lee Alford

Laura-Lee Alford

Thanks to her parents’ military and subsequent missionary service, Laura-Lee grew all over the American South (minus a three-year stint in Japan). North Texas became home in high school. In 2010, Laura-Lee graduated from Champion Christian College with a B.A. in Christian Education. She then completed a certificate program in descriptive linguistics and cultural anthropology through Baptist Bible Translators Institute. Eight years of teaching ministry in India, the U.S., and Papua New Guinea highlighted the need for further theological training. In May 2022, Laura-Lee completed an M.A. in Biblical Counseling at SBTS; she hopes to continue in further studies next year. When blessed with free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with friends.

Steph Chang Avila

StephHaving grown up in Austin, Texas, Steph spent the past 10 years studying and working in Boston, London, and Singapore. In 2019, she moved to Louisville to pursue an M.Div. along with her husband, Dav. Prior to this, she worked as an editor at a London start-up company and served as a full-time women’s worker at her church in Singapore. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College and her M.A. in History of Art from the University of London. In her spare time, she enjoys watering her plants and baking sourdoughs.

Anthony Baldwin

Anthony Baldwin

A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Anthony Baldwin received B.A.s in History and International Letters & Cultures from Arizona State University. He later received an M.Div. from Phoenix Seminary and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at SBTS in Church History, focusing on the history of Christian missions among Muslims. Anthony has worked in college ministry with international students, first in Phoenix, and now in Louisville. He enjoys hiking, exploring Louisville parks with his wife and two daughters, and cooking foods from around the world.

Nick Campbell

Carrie ColeGrowing up just north of Chicago, Nick attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for a B.A. in Biblical Studies and continued there for an M.A. in Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages and an M. Div. After a few years of pastoral ministry, he felt the call to return to academics and came to Louisville to pursue a Ph.D. in Old Testament at SBTS in 2018. His primary passion is Near Eastern literature and its interaction with the Old Testament. Outside of studying Near Eastern literature and obscure history, Nick enjoys playing music and hiking on any trail that he can find.

Grace Crow

GraceOriginally from Birmingham, Alabama, Grace lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, Alex. While he is a full time dental school student, Grace works as a Licensed Commercial Lines Account Manager at Clay and Land Insurance. She graduated in 2021 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in Communications/Public Relations and Business Administration. She has worked in a Writing Center before, during her undergraduate degree. She enjoys aiding students through the writing process. Her favorite part was getting to know students and watching their writing skills blossom. Her current goals are to complete her M.A. in Christian Education at SBTS and become a Bible study curriculum writer.

Jared Poulton

JaredPoultonJared Poulton lives in South Carolina with his wife and their two children. He earned an undergraduate degree at Columbia International University in 2014 and an M. Div. at SBTS during 2017. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling and Christian Ethics at SBTS. He also contributes book reviews to the Biblical Counseling Coalition and serves as a Garrett Fellow. He sympathizes with full-time workers who balance work, school, church, and family. He worked in management at Chick-fil-A and Starbucks while completing his M. Div. degree. He hopes to help students improve their writing skills as they pursue education and leave Boyce College or SBTS to communicate God’s truth throughout the world. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, and watching the Clemson Tigers play football.

Natalie Evers

Nat Evers

Natalie received her M.A. in English from the University of South Alabama (2021) where she worked in the Writing Center and taught English Composition courses. She also holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Mobile (2018). In 2022, she moved with her husband and daughter to Louisville where her husband is pursuing an M.Div. at SBTS. She worked as a freelance editor who specialized in editing academic papers. When she is not chasing a crawling baby, Natalie enjoys reading and having deep conversations with friends.

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.

Matt Heaton

Matthew Heat

Born and raised in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, Matt earned his B.A in Communications while attending the University of Cincinnati. Sensing a call to ministry, he moved to Louisville in 2016 to earn his M.Div. in Biblical Counseling. On top of helping students at the Writing Center, he is also an editor and proofreader for a freelance writing company where he edits books, articles, blogs, and short stories. When he isn’t on the lookout for grammatical errors, he enjoys reading, theology, art history, and watching too many movies.

Michael Longerbeam

Michael Longerbeam

Michael is a student at Boyce College pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Humanities. Before moving to Louisville, Michael completed an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with English Specialization at Northern Virginia Community College. He grew up in Northern Virginia where he still lives when he is not at school. In addition to being a Writing Mentor, Michael enjoys history and education.

Emma McCarthy

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Emma was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is currently a Registered Nurse at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She originally worked in the CVICU but now works as a Home Health nurse for kids in Cincinnati neighborhoods. Previously, she worked at the Writing Center of Cedarville University for two and a half years, where she graduated from in 2018. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, all things outdoors, and learning new languages.

Jesús Zamora

Jesus ZamoraJesús currently lives in Florida. Originally from Peru, he has lived much of his life in Spain. He graduated from the University of Alcalá in Spain with a degree in History, later he did a Master's degree in Ancient History from the Autonomous University of Madrid, and finally he got his doctoral degree in Ancient History from the Complutense University of Madrid. In his doctoral dissertation he worked on
the emotion of joy in 1st–2nd century Christianity. He has recently been accepted to do a second doctorate in theology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Jesús has an interest in classical Greco-Roman and Patristic literature. He also enjoys reading and loves domestic ducks.

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.

Jenn Stec

Jenn is a teacher of Art History and Architecture classes at Overstone School in Nicholasville and lives in Lancaster, Kentucky. She holds a B.S. in Commerce from Washington and Lee University, with emphases in Accounting and Finance. She enjoyed a number of years working for IBM prior to leaving the professional workplace to focus on home educating her three children. She has been connected to Boyce College since 2016, when her daughter Hannah began Boyce’s dual enrollment program. In the five years since, her husband Tim enrolled at SBTS, Hannah married another Boyce student (Titus Miller), and her son Raigan began dual enrollment classes at Boyce. So her 12-year-old son Bryant has collected a lot of free Preview Day t-shirts! When Jenn is not teaching, she enjoys visiting national parks, drinking dark roast coffee, and crocheting.

Esther Wermer

Esther WermerEsther Wermer is a student at Boyce College majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She is a member of the Augustine Honors Collegium and also serves at a restaurant in Louisville. Beyond studying and working, she teaches in children’s ministry at Sojourn Midtown where she is also a member. On her most stressful days, you might find her experimenting with new ingredients in the community kitchen.

Torey Teer

Torey Teer

Torey Teer is a Bible teacher and freelance editor from Dallas, Texas. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at SBTS. Previously, he obtained a B.S. in Biology from Texas A&M University and a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary. 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.