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 Southern to support both students and faculty in their writing and ministry.

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, who completed the M.A. in Theological Studies from 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 in Nacogdoches, TX. Currently, he serves as an Associate Editor for Gospel-Centered Discipleship, school teacher, and church planter in Weatherford, TX. Zak enjoy coffee, hammocks, hiking, theology, and seeing people savor Jesus.

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).


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.

Laura Neel

Clare RoLaura grew up in Columbia, Maryland and received her B.A. in English Literature at Salisbury University. After working in Baltimore for five years as a Technical Writer, she met her husband, Caleb, who was preparing to move to Kentucky to earn his M.A. at SBTS. After Caleb completed his service in Navy, they moved to Louisville to pursue God’s calling on their lives. The Neels are members of First Baptist Church of Henryville, where they volunteer with the College & Career Ministry, Children in Action Ministry, and where Caleb serves as a deacon. Laura enjoys riding horses, reading, writing, and consuming too much coffee.

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 brilliant 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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