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Student Life Staff

Student Life is here to provide you with connections, resources, and support to help you flourish and succeed during Seminary.

Have a question? Or an idea of something you'd like to start? Want to help out with something? Let us know! Email

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I am passionate about how the educational experience is not only about equipping people for ministry but formational to shift, form, and deepen a person’s trajectory toward loving God and loving others. I love a good cup of coffee with friends or a fascinating book, taking my dog for walks, playing with my nephews, running, camping, watching great movies and finding a killer deal at a thrift store!

My role is to lead the Student Life team and come alongside students as they journey through all that life brings during their Denver Seminary journey. Our office can be the starting place if you experience anything that is impeding your ability to focus on school (eg. family challenges, mental and medical health concerns, relational conflicts, etc.). Our office is also the point of contact for disability services, student rights, and matters related to Title IX. Feel free to reach out if there is any way we can support you!

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My role at the Seminary is to cultivate experiences outside of the classroom where students can engage in meaningful conversations and continue growing as whole persons. I love theological education and the unique opportunities it creates to face challenges, see the realities of yourself, and ultimately encounter the love of Jesus. I am a trained Spiritual Director and enjoy learning about how we work as humans and grow through relationships. My three favorite places to be are in the kitchen, on a hiking trail, or enjoying time with my wife and two daughters.

As Associate Director, I oversee our Student Leadership program, New Student Orientation, and other initiatives created to help you feel valued and challenged and enable you to become an integral part of our community.


Kristy McGarvey

M.A., Intercultural Studies, M.Div.

Dean of Students


Dustin Lindsey

B.S., Biblical Studies

Associate Director of Student Engagement

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Here at the Seminary, my role is to come alongside students to support them as they go through their academic career. This support may come in the form of social emotional support, resources for unexpected life situations, or even academic accommodations. My goal is to offer a positive and encouraging space for all students to be successful learners.


As a graduate of Denver Seminary’s Clinical Mental Health program, I have walked in your shoes and can very clearly say that you can make it to the end! I enjoy hearing every person’s unique story and how God has designed you and your journey to be exactly where you are right now. When I’m not working, you can usually catch me playing with my son and daughter, going to concerts or sporting events with my husband, or cuddled up with my dog under a super cozy blanket watching Hallmark movies.

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My position as Student Life Coordinator is to serve as administrative support for the Associate Director of Student Engagement and the Dean of Students. As point of contact for Campus News and the Student Life website, I can assist with getting events announced and event implementation.

I am a Denver native and am an avid outdoors person.  I love crafting and do a lot of machine embroidery in addition to hand embroidery.  I have worked in corporate environments for over 25 years but have also benefited from working for KLOVE radio as a promotions manager and as an event coordinator for Cherry Hills Community Church.  My husband works internationally and we have benefitted from traveling all over the world.  I look forward to getting more involved with our Global Student outreach.

Mariah Bailes

M.A.,Clinical Mental Health & Cert. in School Counseling

Student Care Specialist

Julie Gabrisch

B.S., Business Management, CPS

Student Life Coordinator

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