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 an intern in Nacogdoches, TX. Currently, he serves as a Staff Writer for Gospel-Centered Discipleship, teaches high school English, and helps in planting Myriad Church in Weatherford, TX. Zak is married to Hannah and enjoys coffee, hammocks, hiking, theology, and seeing people savor Jesus.

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.

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.

Jonah Dorris

JonahDorrisJonah Dorris is a graduate of Boyce College (2019) where he acquired a B.A. in Humanities. Right now, he is an M.Div. student at SBTS. He currently plans to pursue further studies at the doctoral level in Medieval Philosophy and Literature upon graduating. Having several years of experience as a freelance editor and proofreader, he is passionate about working with submissions of all kinds to ensure powerful, thoughtful, and effective writing.

Jonathon Crump

JonathonCrumpBorn and bred in the great state of Texas, Jonathon moved to Louisville in the fall of 2020 to study at SBTS. He received his B.A. in English from West Texas A&M University. Jonathon enjoys reading, going on walks, and spending too much time (and money) at coffee shops. He thoroughly enjoys reading and writing. He is a member of Sojourn Midtown where he loves to marvel at the goodness of God with his brothers and sisters in Christ.

Katie Frankel

KatieFrankelOriginally from North Texas, Katie Frankel is currently a graduate student of English at the University of Louisville and graduated with a B.A. in English from Texas Wesleyan University. She now teaches ENG 101 and 102 classes at University of Louisville, and—when not reading and writing—enjoys being outdoors, discovering new places, and riding her horse. Katie is a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church and is excited to be a Writing Mentor for SBTS.

Matthew Harper

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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.

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.

Dr. Jake Hovis

Carrie ColeJake Hovis is a teacher and preacher from Denver, Colorado. He was part of the debate team at Liberty University where he earned a B.S. in Biblical Studies. He then moved to Louisville to complete his M.Div. at SBTS. In the past ten years, he has taught high school, been a youth pastor, and completed a Ph.D. His doctorate in Christian Preaching is from SBTS and his dissertation, The Spirit-Led Preaching of Charles H. Spurgeon, is in the library on campus. He currently teaches high school geography and world history and is a part-time preacher at Morningside Baptist Church. Much of his free time is spent with his wife Laura and his miniature dachshunds.

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.