Contact Us


Larry Lyon



Phone: 919-761-2324

Larry oversees recruiting and admissions for both the graduate and undergraduate programs. As a student at Southeastern, Larry studied apologetics, theology and Christian ethics. He and his wife have three beautiful daughters, and he is overly concerned with Georgia sports teams, especially University of Georgia football.

Jonathan Goforth

Assistant Director of Admissions


Phone: 919-761-2382

Jonathan oversees recruiting and admissions for The College at Southeastern. He is from Asheville, NC and earned his BA in Christian Studies from North Greenville University where he met his wife. They have a son named Elias. Jonathan is a youth pastor at Christ Covenant Church and is planning to earn an M.A. in Apologetics and Christian Philosophy from SEBTS. He loves his job because he is passionate to see students have the opportunity to acquire a liberal arts education through the perspective of the Christian worldview so that they can use it to glorify God in all spheres of life.

Amber Bowen

Enrollment Officer


Phone: 919-761-2194

Amber graduated from the College at Southeastern with a degree in History of Ideas. She then moved to Milan, Italy for four years: the first two as a missionary with the International Mission Board and the second two as a high school history teacher at Collegio San Carlo, a private, Italian school in Milan. During that time, she also earned a Masters in Education. She is now completing the Master of Arts in Philosophy of Religion at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a Junior Fellow at the St. George’s Institute of Biblical and Public Theology.

Jonathan Terrill

Admissions Counselor


Phone: 919-761-2283

Jonathan is originally from Richmond, Virginia. He has been at Southeastern for three years working on his Master of Divinity. He has lived on 3 continents in 5 countries and enjoys watching sunsets on the beach.

Cody Padrnos

Campus Host


Phone: 919-761-2324

Cody is from Riverside, CA., and is currently studying his M.Div. in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. His wife, Aly, and two children, Carter and Sage, moved to Wake Forest two years ago specifically for the seminary. They are involved in ministry at North Wake Church.

Kate Bennett

Manor House Hostess


Phone: (919) 761-2713

Kate hails from the metropolis of Dawsonville, GA. She is a graduate of the University of North Georgia with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education & Special Education and is currently being equipped through the M.A. in Intercultural Studies at SEBTS. She enjoys welcoming prospective students when they visit campus. Kate has a love for Hawaii, food eaten with chopsticks, and good music.

Shannon Battles

Marketing Coordinator


Phone: 919.761.2296

Shannon is originally from Corinth, MS and handles recruiting trip logistics. He is currently working on his Master of Divinity and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and children.

Abby Puryear

Office Assistant


Phone: 919-761-2246

Originally from Augusta, GA, Abby and her husband Josh now call Wake Forest home. She is earning her Bachelor of Arts in Theology, and has a heart for encouraging others to explore the riches of God’s Word. Abby loves the South, pecan pie, and sunshine. One of her greatest joys is using her gift of hospitality to share Christ’s love and make others feel valued.

Samantha Thompson

Application Data Administrator


Phone: 919.761.2227

Samantha is originally from Columbia, Louisiana. She has been working on her MA in Biblical Counseling since 2013. She is passionate about women’s ministry, discipleship and writing. In her free time she enjoys reading, weekend trips, and quality time with quality friends.