Meet the Admissions Team
Director of Admissions
MTS '17, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
BA in History and Education, Lipscomb University
Nathan joined the team in 2017 after finishing his theological education at Candler School of Theology, where he also worked in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for three years. In undergrad, Nathan double majored in history and education and taught for six years before going back to school. As a student and teacher, he's traveled extensively and benefited greatly from the hospitality of neighbors and strangers around the world. For Nathan, admissions is the perfect opportunity to combine both of his passions for hospitality and education that he's developed throughout his life. Outside of admissions, Nathan loves playing basketball, searching for the best tacos on Buford Highway, and hanging out with his dog, Haystack. He's the very proud uncle of seven nieces and nephews.
Karen A. Parey
MDiv '17, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
BA in Religion and Psychology, Wake Forest University
Karen Parey is the Admissions Counselor for McAfee. Before joining McAfee, she went to Candler School of Theology and worked with the Office of Student Programming (OSP) in many different roles. Through the OSP, she found her passion for working with students and helping them navigate their paths in their educational endeavors. She is interested in helping students achieve a balance that helps them thrive in all aspects of their lives and believes that the best place to begin this is in the Admissions process. She is married to Stephen and life is never dull with their two lively cats Basil and Sage. She is often found with a cup a tea in hand and a friend nearby chatting for hours. Calling Atlanta home for the last 20 years, she is excited to be back in her old neighborhood working with prospective and incoming students at McAfee.
MDiv '12, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University
BA in Management and Marketing, Georgia College and State University
Rev. Natalie King is the Enrollment Associate for McAfee. She is married to Alex and they are new parents to their daughter, Iris. She loves being supportive and hospitable to both prospective and incoming students. Natalie graduated from Georgia College and State University in 2007 with a BA in Marketing and Management then received Master of Divinity in 2012 from McAfee School of Theology. While at McAfee, she worked in the admissions office so the opportunity to return to work in the same department is like a homecoming for her. After McAfee, Natalie was involved in ministry with all age groups but served primarily for two years as a hospice chaplain in the middle Georgia area. Natalie is excited to continue her ministry to others by supporting McAfee students in their seminary journey.
Bekah Rhea, 2nd Year MDiv, Community Development
Bekah is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and a degree in World Religions. She has a passion for developing creative methods and practices for sustainable long-term ministry, and being a part of bringing glimpses of God's Kingdom to earth. Between classes, she works as a freelance writer, poet, and advocate for the disability community. After seminary, Bekah hopes to serve as an outreach coordinator and consultant for churches and non-profits as they seek to partner constructively with their communities.
David Shaw, 1st Year MDiv, Pastoral Care
David is a graduate of Oakwood University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Pre-Chaplaincy. His ultimate desire is to be able to counsel others and lead them in seeing how the Holy Spirit is working in their lives. His future goal is to be a chaplain, serving others either in a hospital setting or in the military. His focus at McAfee is Pastoral Care as he prepares to minister to people from all regions of the world and all walks of life.
Grayson Hester, 1st Year MDiv
Grayson is a graduate of Carson-Newman University with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Religion. As a seven on the Enneagram, he has currently no idea what concentration he would like to pursue, let alone career/vocational goals he’s working towards, and is therefore considering all the things. He does know for sure, though, that he is passionate about making the church and the world more just and equitable for all. Grayson brings a love for people and stir fry, theological creativity, and a peppy excitement only a first-year status can provide.
Heather Franklin, 2nd Year MDiv, Community Development
Heather is a graduate of Columbus State University with a bachelor's degree in Communication and Public Relations. Currently a 3rd year MDiv, Heather sings in the McAfee Gospel Choir and focuses her seminary work within the Community Development track. After McAfee, she wants to partner with churches and faith-based organizations on their journey to engage in Christ-like missions and ministry. Heather brings to the admissions team graphic design skills, an enthusiastic spirit for theological education, and a song for every occasion.
Megan Currie, 2nd Year MDiv, Congregational Ministry
Megan is a graduate of Mars Hill University and has a bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy. When Megan isn’t in class or working in the admission office, she is the Director of Community Connections at Joy Metropolitan Community Church in Orlando, FL, working remotely and commuting. She's passionate about making the Church a more inclusive place for marginalized communities and hopes to become a pastor in the future. Megan’s favorite things consist of spending time in the NC mountains, watching Gilmore Girls, and playing with her puppy, Ernest.
Monica Ramirez Leon, 1st Year MDiv, Community Development
Monica is a graduate of Young Harris College with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a minor in Business and Public Policy. Currently a 1st year MDiv , Monica is passionate about intentionality, diversity, servant leadership, and inclusiveness. After her time at McAfee, Monica intends to work among international communities to learn more about public policy and missions. Monica’s favorite things are taking pictures, traveling, and being with friends and family.